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Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 24, 2008 - 11:02am PT
Katie Lambert firing Viper.
Video is at http://www.vimeo.com/2323323

Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Nov 24, 2008 - 11:04am PT
Wow! That looks pretty cool!
The Warbler

the edge of America
Nov 24, 2008 - 11:10am PT
Nice shot Chris!

That looks pretty hard to me - steep and leaning.

I've never seen it, but I'm guessing it's down river from the base of the Rostrum?

Big Wall climber
Nov 24, 2008 - 11:12am PT
What a rad route....Nice send

Is this on chapel wall?
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Nov 24, 2008 - 11:15am PT
Way to go Katie! nice send!!

oh yeah, Kaukulators, jeans, taped hands, and long sleeves... and I've never seen a #2 look so big!

The Viper 5.11c The Rostrum, West, Jungle Gym FA 1985 Werner Braun John Middendorf

thanks for the video and posting Chris
Wade Icey

Trad climber
Nov 24, 2008 - 11:19am PT
Well.. I guess that takes care of the "Are climber girls easy?" question.

Topic Author's Reply - Nov 24, 2008 - 11:20am PT
It is a VERY stiff 5.11c! And it is very overhanging.

Gym climber
Nov 24, 2008 - 11:37am PT
I've tried to scope that thing through the trees a couple of times, it's hard to see from the ground. Nice view there, and nice to get a bit of beta!
Thanks CF!

Trad climber
Nov 24, 2008 - 11:47am PT
YEAH! Great video, thanks!

Nov 24, 2008 - 12:04pm PT
Thanks Chris!

Nice send Katie, what a save! Good thing she taped up.

I'm glad to hear someone else calling that thing stout 11c, Reid gives it 11b/c.

Back when we use to climb after work, Chilly Whilly and I did that route. Chilly got the proud send and I think I grovelled up the thing not expecting it to be so hard. It hadn't had much loving, kinda dirty and loose. I remember the first pitch to get there was nice.The anchor was looking a bit dated as well. We expected that, I think we replaced both the 1/4" bolts with 3/8. Thanks for the rope Chilley!


Social climber
wuz real!
Nov 24, 2008 - 12:21pm PT
Nice job, Katie!

I'm guessing a 39 mythos will be optimal

another one for the list.
I'm in!

steep as the gristle
width of a thistle
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Nov 24, 2008 - 12:27pm PT
There is a lot of good climbing there. It is good that it is getting some traffic.

Jack Burns

Nov 24, 2008 - 02:09pm PT
cool vid, i watched it the other day while surfing Vimeo.
KP Ariza

Nov 24, 2008 - 02:53pm PT
I did an early ascent of this route. I think Grant found it and Werner ended up bagging it. It is kind of hard to scope from the ground but after a mungy approach pitch you are rewarded with a classic Yosemite fracture.

Trad climber
The Great North these days......
Nov 24, 2008 - 08:18pm PT
I am curious on the rating. Every jam I saw in the vid was pretty well bomber. Is it so over hanging that it is an enduro project? The little offset near the top seemed it might be technical but couldnt tell. A great looking crack btw. Wish I would have known about it. Used to do Kaukulater a fair amount. Where exactly is it in relation to that route?

Nov 24, 2008 - 08:24pm PT
The Viper is a great line; definitely steep and it is a good thing I taped. It's really quite nice over there. That was my first time over there but Ken you were right, it potentially is another Cookie Cliff. Plus the view from the anchors was spectacular.

Social climber
wuz real!
Nov 24, 2008 - 08:25pm PT
It has a similar look to some of those continuous desert climbs. I'm sorry I've missed this one until now. It's got a kind of colorado plateau Vibe. You see this, Fred? When are we going?

Trad climber
Nov 24, 2008 - 08:28pm PT
проклятье что внушительный отказ!

Not here
Nov 24, 2008 - 08:29pm PT
Wow! I am impressed!

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My Inner Nut
Nov 24, 2008 - 09:09pm PT
Nice send, Katie. Looked like you were workin' hard. That last transition looks a bit tricky, too.

So, how bad IS the approach pitch?
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