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Clip a Dee Doo Dah 

YDS: 5.3 French: 3+ Ewbanks: 10 UIAA: III ZA: 9 British: VD 3a

   
Type:  Sport, 2 pitches, 300'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.3 French: 3+ Ewbanks: 10 UIAA: III ZA: 9 British: VD 3a [details]
FA: Chris Smith, 2000
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Submitted By: Jay Knower on Nov 17, 2006

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Description 

Two Rumney climbers were out for a hike one day. They headed up to the higher reaches of the mountain in a search for potential new routes. After bushwacking for a while, they scrambled up a low angle dirty slab in their tennis shoes in order to check out some rock above.

They unknowingly made the first ascent of what was to become Clip a Dee Doo Dah.

Locate the now cleaner large slab on the left side of Jimmy Cliff. A line of bolts rises from the lowest point of the wall and heads more or less straight upward. The climb offers two pitches of friction moves on incredibly grippy stone.

Many 5.13 climbers regularly romp up this climb because the setting is so beautiful. To descend, turn left at the top and follow a trail to the base.

Protection 

7 bolts per pitch


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Shyla, roped in doing a Doggie Ascent of Clip-a-dee-doo-da
Shyla, roped in doing a Doggie Ascent of Clip-a-de...
Just in case the two big belay anchors aren't obvious enough for you, here is where to find the belay station.
Just in case the two big belay anchors aren't obvi...
Holly rapping of Clippity... If you climb this, make sure you hang out on top for awhile to admire the view.
Holly rapping of Clippity... If you climb this, ma...
Starting a simul-solo romp up Clip a Dee Doo Dah
Starting a simul-solo romp up Clip a Dee Doo Dah
Clip a Dee Doo Dah:  Halfway up the route
Clip a Dee Doo Dah: Halfway up the route
A view from a slab
A view from a slab
Clip a Dee Doo Dah:  Steve P. enjoying fantastic stone
Clip a Dee Doo Dah: Steve P. enjoying fantastic s...
Jeff finishing up a sunset solo of Clip a dee doo dah...
Jeff finishing up a sunset solo of Clip a dee doo ...
View from the top of Jimmy Cliff
View from the top of Jimmy Cliff
Jeff finishing up an awesome day with a slab run...
Jeff finishing up an awesome day with a slab run.....
Holly on Clippity Doo Daa.  A very nice jaunt.
Holly on Clippity Doo Daa. A very nice jaunt.
Easy, who would rope up?
Easy, who would rope up?
Jeff ropeless on Clip a dee doo dah...
Jeff ropeless on Clip a dee doo dah...
Sam and Kristin Todzia enjoying the end of this great line.
Sam and Kristin Todzia enjoying the end of this gr...
My honey's son enjoying the route
My honey's son enjoying the route
Ladd Raine cleaning up after our four person simul-climb with one rope. I just love simul-climbing this moderate line at the end of a long day.
Ladd Raine cleaning up after our four person simul...
Sofi from the first belay
Sofi from the first belay
The few, the proud, the fearless leaders.
The few, the proud, the fearless leaders.
Jill and Jason starting the Second Pitch
Jill and Jason starting the Second Pitch
Austin enjoying Clip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah
Austin enjoying Clip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah
@ the first belay
@ the first belay
Mark in 2007
Mark in 2007
Taking in the view at the top of Clip a Dee
Taking in the view at the top of Clip a Dee

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By Adam Catalano
From: Albany, New York
Feb 27, 2007

Fun Simul-climb. Climb with your partner, with about 30' of rope between you, leader clips while second unclips. Up and down in 30 minutes
By Dom
Administrator
From: New Brunswick Canada
Dec 8, 2007
rating: 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a

Please be careful if you are rappelling down as I had trouble getting down with a 60M ropes on both rappels of both pitches.
By lee hansche
Administrator
From: goffstown, nh
Dec 8, 2007

it works better if you just use the nice walk off trail rather than rappelling...
By matthewWallace
From: plymouth, nh
Dec 28, 2008

This is a great time so much fun with a great view to greet you at the top, also a great night ascent under a full moon, no headlamp needed but bring one just incase you are not comfortable, by moon light.
By Tim Waystrong
From: New Hampshire
Apr 24, 2009
rating: 5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c

This is an epic climb!
By matthewWallace
From: plymouth, nh
Aug 8, 2009

What do you mean by that Bradley?
By joneus
From: Salem, CT
Aug 24, 2009
rating: 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a

The hike in was rough, but the climb really made up for it! Even when wet, the rock was super grippy and the low angle made for more of a hunched walk up rather than a strenuous climb. I think even my 3yo could handle this one in his sneakers on a dry day!

We got to watch the rain roll in from across the valley and had a very wet 3 station rappel back to the bottom which, strangely enough, made it even more fun!

Highly recommended!
By T Seas
Dec 16, 2009

The best place in Rumney to eat lunch. Probably my favorite climb too as it is 100% relaxing and some of the best views on the mountain. Simuclimbing is best to save time and many people free solo to save even more time. Just remember a slip will result in a cheese grate for 300 feet and then pitch you off the top of wiamea. Also a great place for beginners to pactice mutipitch belays and anchors, with easy climbing and a bomber belay ledge.

Best to walk off the top, but if you must rappel, you won't reach the gound with a 50m or 60m, but you can always down climb to the far left from the end of your rappel. Always remember to tie your safety knots, even on 5.3 rap!
By Eric T. D.
Apr 14, 2010

Proposed to my wife at the middle anchor. Obviously, a memorable climb. If you don't have a hidden agenda like I did, simul-climbing is definitely the way to go on this one. Bring plenty of water, it's a hefty hike in hot weather.
By twellman
Apr 14, 2010

That's funny.... broke up with my girlfriend at the middle anchor of this one.... naturally I had to free solo the second pitch.... haha jk.

I think lady and the tramp actually has a bit of a better anchor for propositions, but that is quite a nice place ragardless! Congrats!
By Matt Glue
From: Boulder, CO
May 2, 2010

If you are near Jimmy Cliff/Waimea at the end of the day, finish off with this! Simulclimb or solo to speed things up. Two 70s will get you down in one rap, but it's really just as fast to walk off.
By S. Neoh
Jul 25, 2010

Fun. Great views along the way and at the top.
Bring your tennies along; way faster to walk down from the top than to rap, unless you happen to have double 70m ropes (and some stretch in them).
By M Sprague
Administrator
From: New England
Jul 25, 2010

Anything is possible, but I doubt the guys in the description story did the upper half of this line as their scramble. Don't forget, it was uncleaned then. The much more natural line to have done in that case would have been to run up the slab to gain the corner systems of The Searchers
By Adam Winters
Administrator
From: the Shire
Sep 8, 2010

try a hands-free ascent for a little more spice!
By Jcomeau
From: Hopkinton, MA
May 30, 2011

Im going to do this barefooted free solo. Would be super fun.
By Matt Wilson
From: Bethel, Vermont, USA
Jun 8, 2011

If you want to up the difficulty of this climb, try campusing it.
By Jay Knower
Administrator
From: Campton, NH
Jun 8, 2011

Matt Wilson wrote:
If you want to up the difficulty of this climb, try campusing it.


I'd love to see that.
By Ms. Nameche
Aug 29, 2011

I'm new to climbing and this was my first climb ever, it was good for someone just starting!!
By nartreb
Sep 7, 2011

Definitely extend your first few draws. I forgot to, and rope drag on the first pitch was a big pain.
By Nicholas Stickel
From: Bay Ridge, NY
May 15, 2012
rating: 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a

Something that helped us on the route, if you want to rappel. I have a 60 meter rope so on the second rap you won't make it all the way down. Easy solution is to rap to near the end of the rope, swing over to climbers left and get a good stance near the trees, you can walk from there to the base. Please remember to knot the ends of your rope.
By irujo
Nov 26, 2012
rating: 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a

Could be one of my most memorable climbs I've done
By Kari Post
From: Keene, NH
Jul 6, 2013

A super fun climb with awesome views! Makes a great first lead. The belays are on large, solid platforms that can accomodate a small party easily (we did it with three, and you could do four comfortably - so it's good for introducing people to multi-pitch). Mostly well protected. An alpine draw or extension is good for the last clip before the first belay. Overall an awesome and fun climb I would repeat again and again - not at all boring even given the easier grade. I want to free solo this as well.
By J Meagher
Nov 13, 2013
rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c

A fun intro to multipitch