Belay Specs Blog

This blog has less to do with Belay Specs and more to do with our employee's climbing and outdoor outings.  We'll talk about exciting news about Belay Specs but we'll talk much more about the trips we've taken and the places we've checked out.  We'd like to share some of our experiences in the hope that they inspire you to check the areas out for yourselves. If you read about an area or activity in one of our posts and have questions on beta, route recommendations or anything else, leave a comment and we'll try to fill you in.

After Buddy and Nora joined us, we were a ground of 5 climbers and one gimp. After going through the guide book looking for a crag with morning shade and easy routes, we ended up back at Roadkill Wall. We put up a few easy routes: Porcupine Mush (5.6), Canned Beaver (5.9), Armadill Waffles (5.8). These three routes used to be pretty short but have been extended at some point to be around 70 feet long. The new Wolverine guidbook lists them in their short state which confused us for a little bit. Nora hasn’t led many routes but she tackled Porcupine Mush without a problem, a nice confidence builder for a new leader. Buddy and I got on Worm Hole Boodie (5.10c) on the far end of the wall. The route is short, only 3 bolts but earns the grade at the last bolt in a confusing section where less than desirable holds need to be used. Overall not a great route but worth getting on if you are at Roadkill Wall for the newer climbers in your group and want a challenge for yourself. Being Saturday, the Roadkill Wall got pretty busy so we left after doing these routes and got some lunch.

After lunch we tried heading back to the Orangutan Wall but found it baking in the sun. Instead, we stopped off at the Pipeline to enjoy its shade and get on a couple routes. I put up Liquid Zipper (5.10d) which has some neat moves up the right side of the vertical notch in the Pipeline’s overhang. Emily gave the route a go and then Alana hopped on. It took a few goes for her to figure out the start but once she got the moves sorted out she flowed through the first half of the route to the reachy crux. After Liquid Zipper, it was still sunny at Orangutan so I hopped on Cresent Moon, a popular 12a that goes up the main overhang of the Pipeline. The route is pretty continuous and sequential but, after hanging at a few times, I figured out the moves. After a rest, I got back on and managed to get through the roof but fell going for a crimp at the end of the crux. A little different footwork would have helped. We ended our day at Orangutan wall heading up a couple easier routes and a Kissing an Angel (5.10d).

On my last trip to Maple, I decided it wasn’t a great place for beginners or moderate routes but after exploring Orangutan Wall and the climbs at Roadkill Wall, I realize I was very wrong. I’d mostly climbed at crags in the Right Fork crags previously which don’t offer up many good easier routes. If you’re looking for moderates check out crags in Left Fork, Middle Fork and the main canyon.

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