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Orange Crush

This route is located in the Lower Gorge Region at Dip Wall

The Grinch

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Whoville 5.6 (Trad) *

First Ascent: Mark Schorle, Vicki Cullen in 1991
Length: 35ft
Gear: (report bad anchors)

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Hike about 250 feet left from where the approach trail dumps you until you come to a large boulder with two cracks behind it. Climb the face and angle right to the crack.
Moves: Jugs
Stays Dry: Downpour
Owner: NFS

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5.6 (11 votes)

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Submitted by: ahab
Date: Aug 14th, 2008


Legion said on January 11th, 2003
This climb is a dirtpile, too.
TexasK said on May 2nd, 2003
I added a direct start to this in spring of 01 by climbing up through the dirty moldy chossy black rock where the crack terminates .10b
goodguy said on October 31st, 2004
I did the direct start today and it seemed like a solid 5.9. pretty fun moves down low.
Ascentionist said on March 29th, 2005
What makes you sure no one else had already climbed the direct?
Ascentionist said on November 16th, 2005
Description is misleading. These routes are under a large roof just before the large boulder.
Texas Pete said on July 14th, 2007
maybe I am wrong. either way I don't care Asc and i don't care if its 5.0 either
flint said on August 1st, 2007
Sent this in the spring. I did the direct start as mentioned in the previous threads. Definitly raises the grade, maybe 5.9 area. Looking back, I did enjoy it because I got to place everything from a #11 hex to a #1 Metolius cam. Although, the start moves did seem a little ruff while I was on it.
flint said on August 1st, 2007
P.S. Be prepaired for a day at the beach when pulling over the top ledge.
michaelarmand said on September 2nd, 2008
Direct start is fun, and definitely harder than 5.6....should be added to the online guide...
jenbongo said on April 26th, 2011
By direct start, do you mean just around the corner and through the roof? 'Cause that was fun. Probably .10something, or did it just feel hard because I was worried another hold would break off, so I didn't use some of them?
Smiles said on November 8th, 2020
Direct start is terrific, makes the route worth doing. I'd give it 5.8+ with the direct start. Seems to have cleaned up quite a bit, some dust but not much. Protects well using pockets, and horizontals as needed, never felt sketchy, do it!