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Old Roof Route aka Lemons, Limes, and Tangerines S,TR 
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Pee on Me T 
Protection From the Virus S,TR 
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Retro-Crack T 
Right of Interface T 
Solo Route aka Life Raft TR 
Tenacious S,TR 
Thelma S,TR 
Thick Crust T 
Tiny Face T,TR 
Tiny Pillar TR 
Top Rope Face (aka Rising Passion) S,TR 
Unknown Crack T,TR 
Unknown Crack (Right of The Virus) T 
Unknown left of Left Slab T 
Unknown Route S 
Variation to The Virus T,S 
Virus, The S 
Volobee (aka Jolobee) S 
Wide Crack T,TR 
Windy Days S,TR 
Ypsilon T,TR 

Big Dihedral 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: The Berks
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Submitted By: Michael Komarnitsky on Jan 1, 2001

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Climb the crack up the dihedral with the clean right side face and large horizontal slash 2/3 of the way up. Solid finger and hand jams with some nice jugs as a break are throughout the climb. The layback move above the slash is the crux move.

It is #8 in the photo to the right =>


Some slings for the TR is nice, otherwise bring mid-size cams for trad lead.

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Climber Kristina Suorsa.  Photo by Anthony Johnson...
Climber Kristina Suorsa. Photo by Anthony Johnson...
Myke Komarnitsky stemming wide, while Bill Kalinow...
Myke Komarnitsky stemming wide, while Bill Kalinow...
Shaun Miller reaching for that bomber hold on the ...
Shaun Miller reaching for that bomber hold on the ...
Shaun stemming wide.
Shaun stemming wide.
Peter Dillon contemplating the upper crux.
Peter Dillon contemplating the upper crux.
Josh Campbell jammin'.
Josh Campbell jammin'.
Big Dihedral. Contrasting bw.
Big Dihedral. Contrasting bw.
4. New River Gorge Homesick Blues, 9+. 5. The Viru...
BETA PHOTO: 4. New River Gorge Homesick Blues, 9+. 5. The Viru...
Up the Big Dihedral!!
Up the Big Dihedral!!
Josh, trying to crank.
Josh, trying to crank.

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By Edward Jenner
Dec 19, 2001

For a N Table climb (i.e. short), I really like this one. A nice break from the face climbs. I found one section above the slash both trickier and more difficult to protect than I anticipated from the ground and ended up using a small Alien in a crack on the left face. A small nut would also work.
By Greg Kneser
Feb 16, 2002

This route is a good fun though short. The pro is fairly straightforward (it is) and you can make it nice and easy if you use the crack and stem/use the face.
By Ron Olsen
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 3, 2003

One of the best 5.8s at Golden Cliffs. An excellent, well-protected lead; bring your trad rack!
By Matt Chan
From: Boulder
Mar 18, 2004
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Definitely fun, but sadly, very short. I carried #0.5 - #2 Camalots with a double #1 and up to a #8 stopper, and it protected very well. Bring some webbing and gear for a couple 1" cracks at the top.
By Anonymous Coward
May 2, 2004

Whoever put the two anchor bolts in, thanks. This is a fun climb at an established toprope crag, so it should definitely have a solid anchor. This makes it much safer for the newbies who don't have the experience/gear. I may despise bolts near perfectly protectable cracks, but I never shun a solid set of belay/rap anchors. . .
By Paul Sampson
Aug 3, 2004

I wish there were a lot more routes like this one at Table. It's a fun little crack climb with some pretty good stemming rests / gear stances if you look for them.
By Mike Mullen
From: Littleton
Aug 13, 2004
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Love this climb. Just wanted to let people know that anchors were added to this climb. We lead it but it would be easy to set-up a TR on this climb now.
By Buff Johnson
Jan 19, 2006
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Fun line, a pink tri-cam can protect after the small overhang, red-tri cam looks like a good placement but is too big. See Matt's comment above for pro.
By Jeremy Hakes
From: Golden, Colorado
Apr 25, 2006
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

We set up a TR after climbing Lemons Limes and Tangerines. This is a fun crack climb! The crux, IMO, is when the crack constricts about 1/2 way up.
By Scott Edlin
From: boulder, co
Nov 10, 2006

The TR anchors are in a completely disconnected block about twice the size of a microwave sitting on and slighly overhanging the rim. It looks like someone could crow-bar the thing off without too much difficulty.
By Matt Gates
From: Pinewood Springs, CO
Mar 19, 2007
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Great climb, but I second the comment about the anchors in the detached block. I appreciate the anchors, but shouldn't they be on the opposite face which appears to be solid rock?
By rena brand
From: Littleton, CO
Nov 2, 2007
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13

This is my favorite climb at Golden Cliffs. Gives just enough of a challenge but fun. Lots of ways to test your technique on this climb. You could try to jam the crack or stem. I do it different every time.
By Ben Helgeson
From: Denver
Jan 26, 2008

This is the most memorable trad climb at the cliffs. I thought it was just strenuous enough, but took gear well. Set an anchor with gear up top. Don't use the anchors on the detached block. We see people using those anchors when we go up there, but it is a bad idea....
By Gilamouse
From: Barrre, VT
Aug 23, 2010
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Good grief. I found this thing awkward near the top, but overall a really fun route.
By Joshinator
From: Longmont, Colorado
May 31, 2013

This route just eats hand and finger-sized cams. Bring as many as you feel like carrying. Set of BD 0.5-3 will keep you well protected, doubles of #1 is nice. Excellent jamming with nice rests spread throughout. Got awkward for me at the top and after taking my first fall on gear...I may have thrown up.
By Rob Davies UK
From: Cheshire, UK
Oct 16, 2013
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Good line - much like gritstone but less aggressive. Awkward move near top, low end HVS 5a in UK terms.
By Andrew Locke
From: Louisville, CO
Jan 18, 2014
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

5.8+ seems pretty on the money. I struggled the most about 2 moves before the anchor, when the crack flares. There is a good jam deep, but it's a reach for it and awkward to move off of. Protection is great from bottom to top.
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