What is the most unusual pitch youv'e climbed?


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Trad climber
Jun 30, 2007 - 03:12am PT
The Root Canal at Suicide Rock. A four sided chimney. Pretty neat.

Social climber
No Ut
Jun 30, 2007 - 03:12am PT
Deep Throat is pretty wierd, but beautiful too.


Social climber
The West
Jun 30, 2007 - 03:22am PT
I really love the weird.

Trad climber
Jun 30, 2007 - 09:59am PT
damn jello, thats looks freekin gnarly. cool photo.


Los Angeles
Jun 30, 2007 - 10:09am PT
Thailand had a whole bunch of crazy climbs.

Climb the weird drippy wall. Route peters out. Oh sh#t- gotta step across the freaky void to a free hanging stalagtite hanging in mid air behind you. The BF climbed one that ended in a tunnel that looks a lot like the OP's first pic.

Starting Au Nang tower out of a floating boat was pretty entertaining. Rappelling back into the boat was fun too.
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Jul 21, 2007 - 02:06pm PT

This one is sort of wierd...(The climb;..not the lad..)

Sport climber
Buzzard Point, TN
Jul 22, 2007 - 10:49am PT
Most unusual I "haven't" climbed...fall '07 perhaps...

Jaybro, this looks "most unusual" as well...

Jerry Dodrill

Bodega, CA
Jul 22, 2007 - 02:30pm PT
One that comes to mind is King Tut's Tomb at Little Egypt.

Gym climber
Otto, NC
Jul 22, 2007 - 03:23pm PT
Imaginary Voyage deserves at least an honorable mention.

Feb 25, 2011 - 01:00pm PT
Interesting thread bump! More pictures! Which I don't have any of, but the sea of chicken heads near the top of Snow Creek Wall in Leavenworth were pretty wild.
scuffy b

dissected alluvial deposits, late Pleistocene
Feb 25, 2011 - 01:15pm PT
Too small to be called a pitch, really, and no names, but there's a
four-way slot accessible only by climbing down into it from the flat top
of this formation Dingus showed me.
Climb down an easy chimney to a flat sandy bottom, look out through the
rock to a climb which may have somebody on it 15 feet from you horizontally,
choices for climbing back up include a 5.9 squeeze, a 5.10
offwidth and the aforementioned easy chimney, with stemming options
available if the other climbs get scary on the way up.
Like, being able to step off into total security in the middle of a 5.10 move.

from where the anecdotes roam
Feb 25, 2011 - 01:38pm PT
don't remember the details, just the delight of wondering "what just happened there?"
the "there" being siberian swarm screw

as to vicarious viewage, nothing rivals this TK crew frivolity up batholith way:


Trad climber
San Francisco, Ca
Feb 25, 2011 - 01:55pm PT
The jump across on Oak Creek Spire.


Trad climber
Feb 25, 2011 - 02:04pm PT
For me: Many of the sport climbs at Smith Rocks.

Make a couple moves, traverse to clip the bolt. Make a couple moves, traverse to clip the bolt. Make a couple moves, traverse to clip the bolt. Maintain this continuum until anchors are reached.

Feb 25, 2011 - 02:13pm PT
Old Age at Squamish:

a cedar stump, a cedar root, a big corner, a sort-of chimney, and likely to be wet

but for unusual, this amalgam of clay and sawdust in South Africa also had caves with the usual pieces of pottery

Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Who'll stop the reign?
Feb 25, 2011 - 03:09pm PT
I always thought that Wave pitch thing on White Punks on Dope to be pretty unusual for such an 'accessible' climb.


temporary exile from the land of enchantment
Feb 25, 2011 - 03:29pm PT
I'm surprised these two haven't been mentioned yet: The fissures pitch on Charlotte Dome... and the Narrows on the Steck-Salathe! Sorry no pics (of my own) of either pitch.
Tony Bird

Northridge, CA
Feb 25, 2011 - 03:51pm PT
the OP's route looks like one of the hydraulic cylinders at fossil falls.

the spelunker's variation to shazam on witch needle explores a 30-foot outcrop. right up in the crotch of the thing you can see a little daylight glimmering down. i managed to squeeze through--not sure i could do it now--and james weger didn't have a problem seconding it. greg vernon, a tad huskier, got stuck. it was pathetic hearing his voice through the rock--reminded me of the time my terrier disappeared into a rabbit hole and i could hear him barking underground and wasn't sure i'd see him again. james and i yanked together. the third yank or so and--pop--greg came through.

i think the needles have a way of grabbing you like that. from greg's guidebook:

historical note: on the second ascent of yellow brick road [wizard needle], a climber got his knee irretrievably stuck in the offwidth right off the first belay. his partner rappeled to base, ran to the lookout tower and got a plastic squeeze bottle of of salad oil, which was used to lubricate and free the leader's knee. the squeeze bottle is still in the crack at the belay. [still?] it is recommended that this section be liebacked. always climb safely and avoid the need for rescues.

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Feb 25, 2011 - 03:55pm PT
Herb Laeger and Dick Leversee put up a climb on Locke Rock, north of Courtright Reservoir. I did probably the second ascent, late 1980s climbing with Rachel McCollum. There is nothing unusual about the "crux" pitch, a bit of 5.11+ bolted face on pitch 5. But what comes next is bizzarre!

From the belay on bolts, one must traverse straight out left across the "Window Washer's Traverse," a highly exciting tiptoe traverse across a very thin edge of nice granite with no pro.

After about 35 feet one arrives at a right facing arch / dihedral with a weird flared crack which will not accept gear. Undercling this to it's top where you are now still 35 feet out and back directly above the belay.

This pitch is only about 5.9, but it is wild!

Funny, I went back and did the climb again a few years later with Brent Ingrahm. Even doing it twice, I really do not recall anything about the crux pitch other than I had to latch hard, but that Window washer / cling or fling pitch I will never forget.

P.S. If you go to do this one, plan on adding a good bolt to the belay up there!

Social climber
El Portal Ca.
Feb 25, 2011 - 03:57pm PT
Hey Tork ...great shots, great thread!
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