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Rip Van Winkle 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ British: MVS 4b

Type:  Trad, 4 pitches, 400', Grade II
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Paul Cobb, Tom McMillan - 1972
Season: march-november
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Submitted By: Will Copeland on Oct 12, 2009
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  • Description 

    P1 (5.7)- Climb up a series of cracks about 50 feet to a bolt. Proceed right, below some shrubery. Clip into an anchor built from the shrub and a wrapped rock. Looked solid as of october 2009. The guidebook says there are bolts for anchors but I couldn't find them anywhere.

    P2 (5.6)- Climb up 35 feet and up over a roof into a 5.4 section. It was (october 2009)very mossy, wet, and covered in lichen so watch your footing. Pitch ends in a tunnel leading to a very large ledge. Again, be careful, if it has rained recently the tunnel going up will be very slick.

    P3 (5.7)- no need for anchor at the belay. climb up a corner (good spots for larger cams, BD-C4 #1,2,3), then over and around 200 feet to 2 bolts for an anchor.

    P4 (5.2)- walk/climb to two more bolts about 30 feet up. From here you can walk to the left to the summit trail (1 mile) that takes you back to the parking lot. You could also rap down, but it's much quicker to walk back down and around to the bottom of the crag.


    from the table rock picnic area, walk the trail, take a right down the trail to the crag


    Standard Rack
    BD-C4 .5-3
    Metolius TCU's 1-4
    BD nuts 5-13
    don't need anything out of the ordinary

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    By Victor Ortenberg
    Oct 19, 2010

    We took an alternative variation to the top.
    From the top of the P3 chimney/corner, go over the bulge and then left and belay at the base of a damp 3rd class gully.
    Climb the gully and fire for the summit through some delicious 5 star bushwhacking. (5.tree+ 160ft) For extra glory and effect on the tourists wear shorts and a t-shirt ;)

    By Matt Westlake
    Oct 24, 2010
    rating: 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b

    Did just the first pitch 10/24/10. We found a bolted anchor with newish bolts - this serves as the anchor for "A Tall Climb to Be Good On" too. Single rope EASILY gets you down from the first pitch. The bolt midway is shiny + stamped: "2006"

    By J-Wright
    May 2, 2011

    Climbed 5/1/2011, super fun. Linked #1&2 and #3&4 with a single 70m rope. No significant drag, though we did move the belay from the top of two to the bottom of three by scrambling (walking) across the ledge to the base of the 3rd pitch corner. Found shiny new belay bolt and rap rings at the top of P4 near the Lightning ledge scramble and belayed off those. Probably woudln't have reached with a 60 on either linked set.

    By Dustin Ferrell
    From: canada, Kentucky
    Oct 10, 2011

    We tried to do just the first pitch this weekend oct/09/11 which turned out to be a nightmare. once the first pitch was completed the rope drag was pretty bad, and there were no rap anchors to be found had to link P1&2 got to the top of P2 still no rap anchors. Rappelled off of a pine tree with sketchy slings (I left a new sling and biner) used a doubled 60, and 70m rope the 60m barely made it

    By Mike Best
    From: Charlotte, NC
    Oct 21, 2011
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b

    Did this 10/20/11 the day after a rain storm and it did not dry well unlike most everything else we did on the east face. The P1 anchors weren't easily seen from the route, but they're there 20 ft up and right from the bolt. If you've hit the tat nest in a bush you've gone to far. From there, we ran almost a full 60M rope to the top of what we thought was pitch 2 which had an anchor on a cluster of pines. After that we did some lichen covered 5th class/bushwacking up to a ledge with a clear trail back to the base. Never did find any more bolted belay stations or clean rock to indicate the start of the 3rd or 4th pitches.

    By Mike Holley
    From: Boone, NC
    Sep 16, 2012

    FUn route with some potential for exciting variations! Another great full length route to the top! Can be a little bushy, but it just adds to the adventure!

    By Stuart Parker
    From: asheville NC
    Oct 14, 2012

    Once at the bolt, cut right. Don't follow the natural line straight up. I had to bail and leave a tricam in a sea of lichen. The topo in the book is very misleading.

    By hause
    From: carrboro, nc
    Jun 4, 2013
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b

    After the first bolt on P1, go right and up about 15'. You can link up with the anchors above A Tall Climb To Be Good On. From there, trend right toward the brush (tree) ledge, once there look for a tunnel through the brambles to access the rest of the route.