Flight of the Gumby
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Michael Levato on Flight of the Gumbie. Photo by J...
This climb starts on the right wall of the obvious huge left facing corner of Butcher's branch. Grab some jugs right off the ground and muscle your way up to better holds moving toward the arete as you go. About halfway up you'll traverse to the right side of the arete utilizing a small ledge. Follow the bolts up as the moves get more balance and sequence dependent.
Classic climb that usually has a little line. A full-value route.
Arete on the right side of the obivous left facing corner of Butcher's Branch.
9 bolts to two bolt anchor.
Brandy Walters leading Flight of the Gumbie
May 26, 2015
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
There are great rests along pretty much the entire route. A bit heady for a 5.9 but all in all great fun. I wouldn't make this your first lead, or first 5.9, but if you're confident in the grade you'll do fine. Watch for a couple X's on blocks along the way. When you get to the last bolt, make a plan before you go unless you wanna stay true to the name!
From: Crested Butte, CO
Jun 10, 2015
Goes easily and safely on gear, TCUs grey thru red are particularly useful. A little more "spice" because you'll be making the "flight" move with a blue alien at your feet. . . But it's bomber and backed up by a green Camalot not too far below. Good, low committment entry into gear protected face climbing (if you're freaking out, there are bolts there to clip).