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Gobble Up 

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

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Unknown
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Submitted By: Erik Corkran on Mar 1, 2001

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Description 

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.

Protection 

#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.


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Climber Darrin Stein getting ready to add another cam to this outstanding crack.
Climber Darrin Stein getting ready to add another ...
Ethan Hill.
Ethan Hill.
Ethan Hill. Super wide for him.
Ethan Hill. Super wide for him.
Erik Corkran on the route.
Erik Corkran on the route.
Ross D climbing Gobble Up.
Ross D climbing Gobble Up.
Sally taking a rest on Gobble Up. Wonderful crack!
Sally taking a rest on Gobble Up. Wonderful crack!
A flake on the inside makes the wide part easier than it looks. Slide up a big cam here and save another big cam for the top. <br /> <br />Photo by Paul Rezucha.
A flake on the inside makes the wide part easier t...
LOOK at it!
LOOK at it!
Gobble, gobble.
BETA PHOTO: Gobble, gobble.
Why did I want to lead this?
Why did I want to lead this?
Bozek & Higgins, just another S. Platte classic day.
Bozek & Higgins, just another S. Platte classic da...
Eddie going strong about halfway up "Gobble Up".
Eddie going strong about halfway up "Gobble Up".

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By Darrin Stein
From: Laurens, SC
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
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

What a great route...it didn't gobble my rope but it took some skin.
By Paul Sampson
Jul 28, 2004
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

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.
By Surlyman
Oct 9, 2005
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

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.
By Andrew
From: Lakewood
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
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

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.
By Monty
From: Golden, 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
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

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
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

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.

Sweet!
By Dave G
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Nov 1, 2008
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

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
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

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
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

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!
By NickinCO
From: colorado
Mar 15, 2012
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Enjoyed it more than Steppenwolf!
By Christina kalb
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 9, 2012
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

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.
By boulderkeith
From: Boulder, CO
May 20, 2013
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Echoing Christina: solid for my big hands and feet ~5.8+, off-foot horror for my female follower. She did not enjoy it.
By Jordan Hirro
From: Colorado Springs/Glenwood Spri
Nov 18, 2013

This was my first route at Turkey and found it to be a bit harder than 5.8. Definitely a bit harder then Reefer Madness. Still highly enjoyable. Don't leave your 4s at home.