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Gobble is the hand/fist crack in between Ragger Bagger and Steppenwolf, just left of a bolted route. This is a great climb that I generally do any time I am at Turkey. Sustained jamming, mostly hand and fist, but you can put gear anywhere you want. This climb and Steppenwolf are my favorites on Turkey Perch.
#1-#3.5 Camalots or equivalent, extras in hand to fist size useful. The crack takes great pro all the way up. Larger piece can be used near the top, also.
Erik Corkran on the route.
Climber Darrin Stein getting ready to add another ...
Sally taking a rest on Gobble Up. Wonderful crack!
LOOK at it!
BETA PHOTO: Gobble, gobble.
Bozek & Higgins, just another S. Platte classic da...
A flake on the inside makes the wide part easier t...
Ethan Hill. Super wide for him.
Why did I want to lead this?
Ross D climbing Gobble Up.
Eddie going strong about halfway up "Gobble Up".
|By Darrin Stein|
From: Milwaukee, WI
Dec 10, 2001
One of the longer cracks and its name says it all. Beautiful line in the middle of the Perch.
|By Larry Shaw|
Jun 2, 2004
What a great route...it didn't gobble my rope but it took some skin.
|By Paul Sampson|
Jul 28, 2004
An outstanding climb, but watch your rope. I saw parts of three ropes that were stuck in the crack. Think twice before top roping this one, and if you toss a rope from this line, throw it as far away from the crack as you can.
Oct 9, 2005
There is no way that this climb is a 5.8 if Left Handed Jew is also a 5.8. Left Handed Jew is way easier, and in fact most of the 1/2 dozen or so in our group that climbed both yesterday found Left Handed Jew to be easier than Honky Jam Ass Crack which is rated (fairly) at 5.7. Gobble Up is closer to Steppenwolf (5.9) in level of difficulty and requires sustained jamming in a wider than hands crack.
Congratulations to "J-Lo" for a great lead on this route yesterday.
Mar 29, 2006
This route is great. Showed me just how bad my wide crack technique is. It does eat up gear, and, if you're a wuss like me, it will eat up all your gear, and you won't have any big pieces left for the top. It would have been nice to have extra #1-#4 Camalots (if you're a wuss).
|By David Hodges|
From: Parker, Colorado
Jun 12, 2006
Note for new 5.8 leaders on this route. Have your wide crack skills tuned in before attempting this route. I thought I was a decent off width climber and this route was a bit humbling. IMHO this route was a little more difficult than Ragger Bagger.
From: Morrison, Co
Jun 28, 2006
I wouldn't really call this a wide crack. It's just big hands with good feet.
|By Buff Johnson|
Oct 11, 2006
Ditto what Monty said, used to think it was a sandbag, but really have grown to like the transitions within this route. There is a very specific way to climb this with fists & hands that makes it easier than the Bagger.
|By Jason Kaplan|
From: Glenwood ,Co
Jun 11, 2007
I onsighted this beast on Saturday, finished it up in a storm, I thought it wasn't too hard. Harder then LHJ like mentioned above but probly easier then bloody englishmen. A friend of mine tried to lead it the next day and floundered, I guess I had more OW technique then he did. heel toe and arm bars can help on this one, I think I was right side in most of the time.
|By Dave G|
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Nov 1, 2008
I top roped Gobble Up after leading Left Handed, following on Ragger Bager, and an aborted attempt to lead Gobble Up. I found this to be a tough sustained 5.8/5.8+ definitely harder than Ragger Bagger, and much harder than Left Handed. A great crack climb!
|By Rob Davies UK|
From: Cheshire, UK
Oct 27, 2009
Cracking route, Gromit. Thought this was maybe the best single pitch I did on this US trip. Hard to grade, as there isn't any really difficult move but it's all pretty sustained and surprisingly varied. Personally I found the wide finishing crack more awkward than the main hand/fist section. In the UK it would be rated HVS 5a and be considered a real classic.
|By Peter Swank|
From: Boulder, CO
Dec 4, 2010
Fun hand/armbar crack. Worked on the hex placing skills! Would have been nice to have a size 4 for the top, but it gets easier--so when in doubt, run it out.
|By Jim Parker|
From: Lafayette, CO
Jul 7, 2011
Feels like a sandbag for 5.8 if you are not up on your crack climbing skills (which I am not). However, protection is wherever you need it if, like me, you need some mental assistance. Awesome climb!
From: Westminster, CO
Mar 15, 2012
Enjoyed it more than Steppenwolf!
|By Christina kalb|
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 9, 2012
If you have small hands and narrow feet like I do, this will mostly be an offwidth climb, with only a few hand/fist jams.
From: Boulder, CO
5 days ago
Echoing Christina: solid for my big hands and feet ~5.8+, off-foot horror for my female follower. She did not enjoy it.