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This route is located in the Southern Region at Bob Marley Crag

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Cromper's Mom 5.5 X (Trad) ***

First Ascent: Dustin Stephens, Zachary Lesch-Huie in 2012
Length: 70ft
Gear: Biggest big bros you bros have got (report bad anchors)

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The route used to access the top of the cliff actually turned out to be a damn good chimney, with a spectacular sunset view over the Bald Rock valley! Will be updated at some point with a belay anchor and a couple bolts on the unprotectable top half (5.4). In the meantime, this gaping maw stays true to its name... don't climb this expecting much protection up in there, maybe the largest big bro all tipped out at best. AKA Hotdog in a Hallway.
Moves: Chimney
Descent: Rap from tree
Stays Dry: Does not stay dry
Owner: RRGCC

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Cromper said on November 29th, 2012
mssmith said on November 29th, 2012
Last time I 'climbed' cromper's mom without protection I got a pretty nasty rash.
dustonian said on November 29th, 2012
you don't climb "up" Cromper's Mom so much as "inside"
Anonymous said on November 29th, 2012
I heard this rig is soft...but still life threatening if you blow it.
dustonian said on November 29th, 2012
yeah definitely no harder than 5.4d. this sucker may warrant the fabled "triple-X" rating.
Spikeddem said on November 29th, 2012
Spectators die too? :)
dustonian said on November 29th, 2012
Just lookin at it is enough to cause oozing, weeping pustules to form
climb2core said on November 29th, 2012
I normally don't touch trad, But this makes me want to do Cromper's Mom.
Jeff said on November 30th, 2012
I've done Crompers mom a few times, once I brought a buddy with me. Truely X rated. The slick start fools you into thinking its going to be an enjoyable ride, but mid-way, it starts to feel like work. The ending, while you're happy it's over, is somewhat anti-climactic.
Anonymous said on November 30th, 2012
LoL, is there anyway that Jeff's comment can be added to the route description..?
Anonymous said on June 21st, 2013
hey, does this thing have bolts added to it yet?
dustonian said on June 21st, 2013
Not yet... soon probably
Anonymous said on June 21st, 2013
thanks dustin.. i would also be more than willing to donate some $$$ for the hardware to equip this thing!
dustonian said on June 21st, 2013
sweet! send me a pm or email dustonian at gmail dot com
Anonymous said on December 2nd, 2019
Were bolts added to this? Also, any pictures of Cromper's Mom's slot?