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the first hand traverse
Way Rambo is located near the top of the approach trail to the Rambo Wall. Upon reaching the top of the trail and the routes Rochambeau and the Fuzz (or whatever that long-ass 5.10 hand crack is), head left around the corner and look up. You'll see an incredibly striking hands - thin hands - off fingers splitter with two distinct leftward hand traverses, one at 30 and one at 80 feet approximately. This is the crag's namesake and one of the more fabulous and kick ass cracks around. The basic consensus is 'way bitchin' and 'way fuckingradman' and, my own creation, 'way butter', a play on way nutter. The first half of the pitch is 5.10, and as the crack narrows the grade steepens.
The guide suggests about ten pieces of pro. 4 in the 2.5 in. range, and 2 or 3 2, 1.5, and 1 inch pieces. which breaks down to 2 #2 camalots, 2 or 3 #1 camalots, and what in my experience was basically #.75 camalots to the top of the pitch. although a slightly smaller piece will fit (i.e. a red metolius, etc. towards the end of the pitch).
the middle, thin hands section
the off-fingers/thin hands crux
Rambo heads up Chris Dawson Way in Indian Creek......
Fighting the burn, Chris draws "fist blood" before...
Nate catching a breeze on this easy climb
Ian trying to get the on-sight.
CT redpointing Way Rambo.
Polly, approaching the first hand traverse.
Polly, above the first hand traverse and getting r...
One of the several .75 Camalot placements on Way R...
The final traverse, and from the looks of it the m...
Zach on Way Rambo!
First hand traverse. Photo by Justin Wilcox.
Couldn't stick the final mantle. Went for the rid...
Alf on Way Rambo
|By Anonymous Coward|
May 24, 2005
Does anyone know what time of day this particular route goes into the sun? I'm not sure but it seems to face more south than the other routes here.
|By Tony B|
From: Around Boulder, CO
Nov 1, 2005
I think that the grade is size dependant, as IC always is. Big enough fingers and the crux is not bad, small enough hands and maybe that's OK too, but boy, those would have to be very small hands. The crux was a narrow offset just below the last traverse, a loose 1.5" crack. It spit me off.
The last traverse was bomber enough all the way to the finish that I more or less campused that section to the chains on my second try at the route, even though tired.
Regardless, I thought that this route was hard enough to be 12-, as I fell *following it* although I flashed a few 11+/12- on the same trip. Owch.
From: electric lady land
Jan 26, 2006
fun climbin. striking line.
|By Rob Dillon|
From: '81 Sunrader
May 31, 2006
Don't miss this one.
|By Gordon Douglass|
Jun 12, 2006
Hello - The first free ascent of "Way Rambo" was done by Steve Petro and myself in about 1990 or so. About the same time we did the FFA of "Slice and Dice".
Hope this helps - Gordon Douglass
From: Springdale / Zion UT / Moab
Mar 18, 2007
Gear Beta...In camolots....2 yellows, 3 reds, 3 green, one .5 for first horizontal (if you dont want to swing on the fall)
|By Bryan Gilmore|
From: Your Mama
Jul 4, 2007
Quite possibly the easiest 5.12 ever, even easier than the "new" Slot Machine.
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 27, 2008
At some point routes become so good that they reach a status of 'potentially best climb in the world'. Way Rambo is to that end, where someone could easily argue that some other climb is 'better' but it's so subjective at that point. At the very least, this is one of the most classic lines I have ever been on!!!
|By Nick Stayner|
From: The Magic City
Nov 17, 2010
Alf says this one is 5.11 FYIW :)
Apr 10, 2012
does alf have little girl hands?
|By Josh Ewing|
From: Bluff, UT
Sep 30, 2012
A good example of a classic IC splitter that's getting loved to death. You can't blame people for wanting to get on this striking line, but the blown out pods, scratched-off varnish, and rounded green-camalot jams attest to the fact that we can wear out the rock in just a few short years. If you do get on this route, perhaps forgo the tape and multiple TR burns,