Ginseng Rush is in the gully area of Blob Rock, just right of Jolt Cola.
Feels scary between the 3rd and 4th bolt, but it is not really dangerous. Runs out on 10a ground between the 4th and 5th bolt - gear can be placed here if desired.
Works your forearms, fingers, footwork, and lead head all at once! Nice climb.
5 bolts, small wires and cams can also be placed if desired.
|By Willie Mein|
Sep 12, 2002
The first bolt can be clipped from stemming across the gully. One can start here or from the ground (which is more difficult).Good route.
|By Dan Levison|
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 12, 2002
I agree, this a great climb and much harder in my opinion than its neighboring climb, Jolt Cola (direct start), which is also rated 12a. As you know, getting to the first bolt (w/o the gully stem) requires 5.11 climbing on somewhat dirty, lichen-covered rock, with the first bolt well above the talus-filled gully. Stemming across the gully is still somewhat sketchy and it eliminates the first 10_15 feet of face climbing. In my opinion, the climb would be vastly improved by adding a bolt to the start. I understand that it was originally led on gear in 1985 and subsequently retro-bolted in 1993 by Mark Rolofson. Normally, I would never want to retro-bolt a climb originally led on gear; however, since it's retro-bolted already, I though it would be an improvement to add a bolt and not mess around with stick clips, gully stems, and unnecessary risk. The climb already has a _spicy_ run-out between bolts 3 and 4, and 4 and 5; therefore, I don't feel the nature/character of the climb would be altered.
|By Rob Kepley|
Dec 21, 2007
Really powerful climbing for most of the route. Quite a bit harder than JC next door. Small gear at the top not a bad idea, I didn't have any. Must have been one heck of a ride back in the day with only 2 bolts! yikes!