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#1 Crack

This route is located in the Lower Gorge Region at Lost Ridge


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Boiler Room 5.10d (Trad) ****

First Ascent: Ray Ellington, Michelle Artsay in 2003
Length: 85ft
Gear: #2-#4.5 Camalots (report bad anchors)

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Walk right from Wide Pride, staying near the cliffline, until you come to a rocky drainage. Walk over the drainage and follow the cliffline for about 100 feet then head down the steep hill to your right and cross the large drainage. Head back up the hill towards the cliff and you'll see this obvious, long dihedral. The dihedral starts about six feet off the ground and has a cave of sorts at its beginning.
Moves: Hands
Descent: Rap from tree
Stays Dry: Does not stay dry
Owner: NFS

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Submitted by: Anonymous
Date: Dec 11th, 2020

Submitted by: ray
Date: Dec 19th, 2005


ray said on March 23rd, 2003
This route is long and sustained. Very cool climbing. A little dirty for the last five feet but the climbing is easy there.
ray said on March 23rd, 2003
Did I mention that this route is long and sustained? My gosh, this thing rocks. The picture doesn't do it justice.
Danny said on July 15th, 2003
Don't forget to bring stuff smaller than #2 if you want to live. In general bring plenty of everything.
Danny said on July 15th, 2003
Oh yea, this route is scary, technical and down right challenging and very cool.
dustonian said on June 16th, 2013
Fuckin spectacular... one of the best physical cracks in the Red
dustonian said on June 16th, 2013
BTW, the picture above is of the (very dirty looking) route Corner Cutter, not Boiler Room.
SCIN said on June 17th, 2013
Are you sure? Boiler Room had a gurgling sound in the cave at the base (hence the name) and was pretty burly. Fists and armbars. I feel like if I took the picture then It's the route I named Boiler Room.
dustonian said on June 17th, 2013
Yep I'm sure that pic is of Corner Cutter, which looks to be unrepeated and fully choked with plants. The photos are correct in the 4th ed. print guide. Boiler Room was phenomenal BTW, loved it!
SCIN said on June 17th, 2013
Ah yea you're right. I remember that little wide spot in the middle shown in the book. I think Danny climbed the route shown here and thought it was Boiler Room. Yea I remember the line being feally good and pretty clean. You should do Tough Enough and Dive Right In too.