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I Be Jammin' 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 75'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Vogl, Griffin 1985
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Submitted By: outdooreric on Jun 4, 2009

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Crack love at its finest. [check that rock hug! ...


An excellent crack line on the right side of the 2nd alcove. An awkward crux with a wide crack which can be stemmed around down low is protected well with a 4" piece. Continue to the awesome hand crack in the corner above. A second crux is encountered near the top.

This is rated 5.10a in my old guide, but I found it to be quite easy for the grade. 5.9 is more accurate.


The right side of the 2nd alcove, just left of a medium sized pine tree.


1-2 each .75-3" cams, 4" for the start. Bolted anchor.

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Cruising high on I Be Jammin'.
Cruising high on I Be Jammin'.
Nick sending I Be Jammin'. 2nd Alcove, Woodfords.
Nick sending I Be Jammin'. 2nd Alcove, Woodfords.
Sinkin' the jam goodness  Photo by Ricardo  April ...
Sinkin' the jam goodness Photo by Ricardo April ...
Paul leading I Be Jammin'
Paul leading I Be Jammin'

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By Ryan Curry
Jun 6, 2009
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

It might be splitting hairs but I think it may be more accurate to call it 5.10a. There's a bit of awkwardness low and also some devious moves higher that may be a bit stout for a 5.9 leader. Regardless of the grade I agree that it's an outstanding pitch. Four stars.
By Milton Mugambe
Nov 27, 2009

I be Jammin' is probabally the easiest 5.10a in Woodfords... but it's still 5.10a. Milt
By Laine
From: Reno, NV
Jan 18, 2010
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

"I be jammin" is 5.10a for sure, great hand & finger jams the whole way!
By Bill Kelly
From: Lake Tahoe
Apr 24, 2010
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

For what it's worth, first time up I found it as hard, if not harder, than I.O.U.D. That's right. Then I shifted technique, and it eased up on the second go. Stout lead for 5.10a. Here I refer to an 8' section just before the top. Good pro tho so go for it. Lower down, felt like 5.9. I'm working this one into my "Woodfords Circuit."

EDIT to ADD: Okay, I changed my mind. Hard 5.9. I must've been soft, fat, out-of-shape, or just feeling old the time I wrote the aforementioned. So ignore it.
By Colonel Mustard
Dec 28, 2010

The true grade is a head scratcher, but I can vouch it is harder than the 5.6 it appears to be from the ground. I could see it as either a hard-ish 5.9/easy 5.10a. Certainly, the top is a nice little jam workout.
By Ron Anderson
Jan 28, 2011

pffffft, the grade was written, therefore it must be....In honor of Bill and Sigi...very cool dudes imo...
By Patrick Mulligan
Oct 29, 2012
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Great route. If The Perfect Lieback is 5.8, Quoia is 5.9, this is 10a for sure.
By e.diddy
Jun 25, 2013

I'm a pretty strong 5.9 climber and this routes feels difficult to me. 510a for sure. But I have heard the 5.9 argument from many different partners...
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