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Cherry Jam 

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

   
Type:  Trad, 6 pitches, 1000', Grade IV
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Merle Wheeler, Joanna McComb, Gary Stiles - 10/1970
Season: Spring, Fall, Winter
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Submitted By: CO_Michael on Aug 8, 2008

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Description 

There are 6 pitches of wonderful climbing.

Start at the toe of the buttress.

5.7 Right facing crack through the brush
5.8 Somewhat of a gully and jam cracks
5.8 Crux
5.7
Easy Chimney and slab up to a ridge
Ridge to the summit


Location 

This route goes up the most prominent buttress. There are two ways to get down. The steep gully 100 feet to the west of the summit and the notch rappel to the east. The rappel route is proving to be better.


Protection 

Regular trad gear.



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Northwest buttress of Table Mountain. Cherry Jam follows the right side of the leaning pillar. "Bird's eye" taken from <a href='http://BingMaps.com' target='_blank' rel='nofollow' >BingMaps.com</a>, kinda cool right?
Northwest buttress of Table Mountain. Cherry Jam f...
3rd pitch. crux move through the tapered head sized jam on left side of roof.  (the cherry jam) <br />--photo by David Tilley--
3rd pitch. crux move through the tapered head size...
En route to the toe of the buttress and start of Cherry Jam
BETA PHOTO: En route to the toe of the buttress and start of C...
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By Geir
From: Tucson, AZ
Jul 28, 2010
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

beautiful, classic climb. the crux move seemed much harder than 5.8, however, a bomber #4 camalot can be placed overhead to protect the move.

By jbak
Jul 29, 2010

Did this route in late May, 1982. Pretty hot... was so dehydrated I was hallucinating.

The description says 1000 feet and grade IV, but that is pretty wild-eyed ... more like 600 feet and grade III.

By Geir
From: Tucson, AZ
Jul 29, 2010
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

you did it in may???? badass!

yeah, i agree it's not grade iv.

By jbak
Jul 30, 2010

Haha...more like "dumb-ass". We thrashed to the base from Oracle highway and got there about noon, totally hot. We summited around 5pm with no water left. Rappeled the gully at twilight and thrashed back in the dark. I lost 10 lbs that day.

By hair mama san
Dec 15, 2010

Anybody climbed this recently?

By Chad Wilkinson
Mar 7, 2011

David Tilley and I climbed this last November (2010) A bit unpleasent getting my helmet stuck in the jam, but overall a great climb.

By mherholz
Jun 2, 2012

Hey does anyone know if this is an old-school rating or a solid 8+? Also does anyone know if there is a lot of loose rock on the wall? Thinking about going up this September and trying to get more beta?

By Jimbo
Jun 2, 2012

The rock is fine. It's a back country route so don't expect sport area spit polish and gear every 4 feet. Look before you pull is always a good idea on long backcountry routes.
I thought the 5.8+ rating was spot on. As I recall there was only one short bulge section that was 5.8+ with the rest of it a bit easier.
Cresent Crack is a better climb and not much harder IMO.