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Soul Ram

This route is located in the Eastern Gorge Region at Eastern Sky Bridge Ridge

The Rifleman

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Good Times 5.8+ (Trad) ****

First Ascent: Ed Pearsall, Tom Seibert in 1979
Length: 100ft
Gear: (report bad anchors)

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This route ascends the pair of cracks located 25 feet left of Soul Ram. Climb the cracks to a wide slot and chimney up until you can move out right to the face. Follow the second crack then move left to some anchors.
Moves: Chimney
Descent: Rap anchors-60m rope required
Stays Dry: Does not stay dry
Owner: NFS

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4.28 stars (61 votes)
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Submitted by: Rollo
Date: Dec 6th, 2008

Submitted by: ray
Date: Dec 19th, 2005


Wes said on January 16th, 2003
Classic old school route. Beware of the 5.8+ grade!!
tonybubb said on June 18th, 2003
Not the classic that the guides claim...
Legion said on September 26th, 2003
Bubb, you just wish that you could climb a chimney like ynot.
pawilkes said on July 18th, 2005
i was pretty freaked out thinking about going out to the corner from the flairing chimney. ended up bailing off from there when it started raining.
anticlmber said on March 22nd, 2006
one of the best routes in the gorge
anticlmber said on March 22nd, 2006
one of the best routes in the gorge
Myke Dronez said on July 8th, 2008
Long and classic, great moves with good pro in the tough spots. Stayed dry in a light rain.
rjackson said on April 13th, 2009
It's a full body workout... and it's definitely a good time (providing you don't fall).
danf26 said on April 20th, 2009
wow. great route. total body workout. my hardest trad lead to date and i was scared at times.
Steve said on October 2nd, 2009
Why did I wait 14 years to do this route? A Gorge classic for sure. Wished the anchors where up a little higher for the full top out experience.
caribe said on April 11th, 2011
Awesome; and I don't like chimneys, I hate flaring chimneys. You could climb a few 5.12 sport routes and burn fewer calories.
dustonian said on April 11th, 2011
Yeah Caribe, this thing is pretty damn classic...
Anonymous said on July 4th, 2011
soo cool. climbed again this july 4th and there was no line!!
Willy said on October 8th, 2012
This thing had me cursing like a sailor, losing skin and crying the first time I climbed it. I'd never been more satisfied to have clip chains before though after I finished. Repeated this past weekend in better style and was able to really appreciate it! Has me stoked to climb more big cracks
Cromper said on October 24th, 2012
Awesome intro to squeeze! Must do.
tpowell said on July 26th, 2013
If you climb one route the whole day, this is worth getting worn out on.
Anonymous said on April 24th, 2015
if you're getting worked on this route you don't know how to climb.
Smiles said on September 22nd, 2015
A full body work out for sure. Really nice. Double crack makes for interesting foot work. Chimney moves were fun, but a bit painful on the knees in shorts! Getting out the chimney and back onto the face was interesting.
MikeWilkinson said on May 15th, 2017
What a ride, tons of fun. For someone like me who hasn't done much chimney climbing, the movement was heady but quite secure, and gear was bomber all the way. Super awesome.
Anonymous said on May 16th, 2017
Heady with bomber gear? That doesn't make any sense....
DrRockso said on September 4th, 2019
One of the harder 5.8's in the Red. Great route.
AidClimber said on November 15th, 2019
Dank route. I did things I didn’t know I could do