10,000 Restless Virgins
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10,000 Restless Virgins is representative of many Gunks climbs as it has a wonderful name (anyone know the story behind it?) and, of course, a challenging roof.
It is located at the far right end of the Trapps, and the start is actually concealed by a massive boulder (Dick's Prick pinnacle) that sits at the base of the cliff. One must scramble down into a pit formed by the boulder and the main wall.
Climb up a crack system and left-facing corner until you are situated beneath the roof. From here pull the roof (crux) up and left, and continue heading up and slightly left to a fixed anchor just over the roof.
This is a great, well-protected climb that is certainly worth the effort to approach. While you're at this end of the Trapps consider climbing Wegetables I've Never Seen Before and Simple Suff -- two other nice climbs in this general area.
Making the first reach. Not too hard if you're tal...
Making the second reach to the horizontal by the b...
In the nice layback/stem corner which doesn't get ...
Making the big reach. (photo by Becky Diamond)
It's a long move, but not impossible for the verti...
Below the crux roof. (climber: David Gilbert)
Under the roof - the huge undercling. (climber: Da...
The long reach. (climber: David Gilbert)
The second move after placing gear. (climber: Davi...
Mid crux. (climber: David Gilbert)
Ready for the final move of the crux. Great onsigh...
Approaching the roof. Photo by Tricia.
Finishing the crux. Photo by Tricia.
Pulling the roof.
starting the crux...
The fun begins.
The initial corner. This is harder in the rain, f...
|Comments on 10,000 Restless Virgins
|By Leo Hski|
Nov 28, 2006
The origin of the name? Per Sam Slater: "after leading this route you'll be as tired as if you had spent the night with ...."
Oct 13, 2010
And, note that Dick's Prick pinnacle is just about touching 10,000 Restless Virgins.
Sep 6, 2011
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b
how can this route's amazingness be properly quantified?
the climbing is difficult, continuous, aesthetic, and varied. it is well protected. the location is unique and pretty, and the route is rarely crowded.
how lucky were those guys to show up in the 80s and find this thing unclimbed.
May 15, 2013
My first 10d (following) in the Gunks. Moves thru the roof easier than expected (with excellent coaching by my partner). The moves felt to me like an "indoor" sequence. The problems were to get over the intimidation, see how to start the sequence, and (for the leader) to protect it well.
At 169.5cm / 5ft7in roughly normal reach, I could grab the key bucket fully static, no deadpoint needed. I'd guess it would be much harder for someone less than 168cm / 5ft6in.
My partner leading found it less strenuous just below the roof to first quickly get in a couple of pieces, then hang from those while improving and extending (to a 3-point equalized config). Just above the roof I seem to remember a couple of pretty small cams.
Afterward TR ...
From the top anchor it's possible to do some (otherwise unprotectable) entertaining wide-chimney / stemming on top-rope -- between the main wall and the inside face of the pinnacle -- bring your camera (only place I know for this in the Gunks). Then for those with long legs, can move from the stemming onto the inside wall and try to climb a thin crack (much harder than Restless Virgins).
May 21, 2013
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b
This route is really superb. The moves are sustained and aesthetic throughout, and it's really not that hard. Anybody who does a little gym climbing should find the crux surprisingly mellow--the holds are all huge. It's certainly technically easier than nearby Tennish and unlike that route the gear is G. My only regret is depriving myself of the true onsight by looking at the photos on this site. Lesson learned.