What is the most unusual pitch youv'e climbed?


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Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 29, 2007 - 05:02pm PT
Here's mine

Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Jun 29, 2007 - 05:18pm PT
Wawona Dome?


Trad climber
Joshua Tree Ca
Jun 29, 2007 - 05:35pm PT
if it were a Competition...

I'd say you've already WON...

that is UNUSUAL...


Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Jun 29, 2007 - 05:37pm PT
now that's cool

here's mine...


Jun 29, 2007 - 05:43pm PT
You look like a STD causing spirocete from those old high school health class movies.

My brain...there's something attacking it.... AWWWWWW
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Jun 29, 2007 - 06:52pm PT
The one which comes to mind first is this old classic:


Trad climber
Knob Central
Jun 29, 2007 - 06:59pm PT
Pretty funny, I have been climbing in the meadows for 30+ years and have never done On the Lamb. I might just have to do it this year.

Gym climber
Jun 29, 2007 - 07:01pm PT
Clint, that is such a great route! I just did it for the first
time a couple of weeks ago--one of the best, oddest, natural

One that was different for me was Embarrassment of Rich's. The first piece was a #0 TCU, quickly followed by a #6 Friend.

But that first pic also reminds me of the Devil's Butthole in Heuco. Certainly Ctrange.

Social climber
The West
Jun 29, 2007 - 07:12pm PT
Hard to say
after this one,

(sorry no lead phots, frankly I was glad the belayer paid too much attention to record it)which of course led directly to this one

not to mention;


and even this

A lot of stuff seemed more pedestrian.

But a solid day in cave rock or the steeper parts of rifle or maple do that too. INMHO the King swing, the ear, Mines of Moria, bowels of the Owl, virtually any pitch in Texas canyon, various hooking pitches and a lot of Otto's route are all pretty out there.
I'm interested in what others come up with, photos will make this all the more fun!

Topic Author's Reply - Jun 29, 2007 - 07:50pm PT
Ken, way to let the cat out of the bag.

Munge, did you top out on that thing? What kind of rock?

Heres another shot

and one more

Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Jun 29, 2007 - 08:03pm PT
Very cool Jeff. That has to be the best natural pro I have ever seen.

Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Jun 29, 2007 - 08:08pm PT
Near the aforementioned Otto route is the Bell Tower (the Kissing Couple) with a highly memorable finish more spectacular than J Crack.

But far and away for me was the final tree climb on the FA of the South Face of Cerberus.
After "prussiking" up the enormous trunk of a ponderosa pine for 85' I swung out to the summit prow successfully only to then be plucked off when the tree swayed out in the wind.

Social climber
The West
Jun 29, 2007 - 08:13pm PT
I want one of what tork showed us.

Social climber
Jun 29, 2007 - 08:29pm PT
Here's mine:

Looking Glass Rock - Moab

Ice climber
Ashland, Or
Jun 30, 2007 - 12:15am PT
p4- Tangerine Trip

Trad climber
Jun 30, 2007 - 12:24am PT
anything 5.8 or harder that i actually send is pretty unusual.

tom woods

Gym climber
Bishop, CA
Jun 30, 2007 - 12:27am PT
Wawona Dome eh? That looks not only unusual but totally awesome. Please Please Please. Rrettty please with sugar on top tell us what that is?

I'm clausterphopic I'll never do the route. Don't worry I won't ruin it.

As for the most unusual route I have climbed. there were a few in Thailand that I did that were totally whacked. Maybe they are normal in Limestone places but I live in CA so its granite or shitty rock.


Social climber
The West
Jun 30, 2007 - 12:32am PT
The only dead vertical 5.8 lead sporting a 50' runout on face holds that could break and the possibilty of grounding on to a car that I've done, is the Needles eye, but there are wierder ptches than that.
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Jun 30, 2007 - 12:52am PT
Parkay Squeeze (sp) you don't even need a rope, it would only get in the way.


Social climber
Joshua Tree, CA
Jun 30, 2007 - 02:54am PT
I found the "Castaway Roof" at Josh pretty unique...Starts fingers to thin hands, then hands to fists, off-width with knee-bar rest...then squeeze through the formation to top out like you're leaving the womb!! Used to think it was tough at first but after a few times a solo was in order.
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