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Pottsville Escarpment

This route is located in the Southern Region at Drive-By Crag

Jungle Direct

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Mud on the Rug 5.6 (Trad) ***

First Ascent: Barry Little, Kerry Gorder in 1996
Length: 100ft
Gear: (report bad anchors)

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This route ascends a crack in a dihedral several hundred feet right of The Business.
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Owner: RRGCC

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Submitted by: rjackson
Date: Aug 7th, 2017

Submitted by: Anonymous
Date: Sep 24th, 2016

Submitted by: Roger
Date: Mar 1st, 2013

Submitted by: Roger
Date: Mar 1st, 2013


haas said on September 11th, 2004
Also, just left of this route about 25ft. is a crack that starts about 15ft up. on a ledge that also goes at 5.6 (George of the Jungle FA:Jason Haas 2004). Either climb straight up through the bushes to reach crack(not recommended) or climb the first 15ft. of Mud on the Rug then traverse right to reach a ledge. Easier to move right onto face for initial start of crack and meet back up with crack after the bulge. Follow to top. 100ft. Rap from Tree Medium-large pro.
captain static said on May 8th, 2007
Even though the start of this climb is a little dirty, once you get up about 15 ft. into the dihedral the climbing becomes very enjoyable, with solid rock and some interesting features. The dihedral ends below a large buldge which you avoid to the left through a slight overhang. The climb end with a classic RRG top out and a great view of the Drive-By canyon and the Bald Rock Fork valley.
autumnrichardson said on August 30th, 2016
The topout view on this climb is fantastic. The beginning 15ish feet is mossy/dirty, so I climbed the first two bolts of the 10a (Potsville Escarpment) to the left of it, traversed over to the crack, then climbed up.
rjackson said on August 6th, 2017
Another hidden trad gem in the midst of classic sport land. Get past the "mud on the rug" and you're rewarded with fantastic stemming, plates, and features. And when you think it's over, hope you saved something for the bouldery top out (which is no where near 5.6). Drag a rack to Drive By . . . :-)
Jackiefreesh said on August 7th, 2017
Agree with Russ on this climb. Get past the mud, dry your hands, clean your shoes, and plunge upward. Dementia to the right is also a fun climb to trad up if you're bringing it.
Dougclymz said on October 17th, 2017
My son’s first route in the gorge! You pay your dues at the start. Lots of fun!