Grumpy Old Men
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P1: Ascend what looks like a wide crack with Stegosauraus backplates sticking out of it. The spines are a very unique feature- the likes of which I have never seen. They looked delicate but we didn't break any off. They give you a series of jugs and good feet until they peter out near the top.Most of the climb is pretty easy with a reachy 5.9 crux near the top. Fun fun fun! (110ft)
P2: Ascend a series of softer, more fragile crimps and edges through a small roof, paw around for the solid stuff, then continue to fire the face towards more varnished and secure ground. Cool plates of hard sandstone litter the upper headwall. Persevere and be rewarded. Sketchy fun fun! (90ft)
The climb goes for two pitches. Good if run as a single or mulit-pitch.
Middle of the wall.
As you approach you will see a light colored, slopey looking and pretty featureless wall and you might wonder how there could be a 5.9 there. You don't see the flakes sticking out until you get closer. Look up for the first bolt. It's about 20-25 feet off the ground.
P1: 10 bolts and rap anchors.
P2: 9 bolts and chains.
A 70 meter rope is recommended, especially if climbing only pitch one.
A 60 meter rope is fine if doing both pitches. Walk off or rap Misfit Profits to the lookers right (South).
|Comments on Grumpy Old Men
|By Stan Pitcher|
From: SLC, UT
Dec 12, 2011
I am a bit grumpy about this route! The first bolt is quite high and its unnerving climbing on the strange flakes - this was some of the hardest climbing on the pitch and it seemed silly not to have a lower bolt. There maybe protection possible in the crack but I didn't have any with me. Then on the 2nd pitch I could not see the third bolt anywhere above the bulge. After climbing up (and down) a few times to look I bagged it - seemed it would be a bad place to take a long fall.
You can rap from the top of pitch 1 with a 60m.
|By Patrick Stark|
From: St. George, Utah
May 5, 2013
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b
Climbing to the first bolt is fine. Big holds. First pitch has a strange bulging section near the top that will make you think a bit. One would not want to fall sending the roof on the second pitch. The bolt over the roof is out of sight and a fall here could lead to a nice smack on the ramp below. The holds over the roof are solid and the bolt is up there; of course by the time you get to it you don't really need it anymore. Ha!