> I haven't been able to find a description for two notations that are
> used next to route names in this guide. I assume a star next to a route
> name indicates the author has climbed it; is that correct?
a star means it is a good route, although sometimes I question rossiter's
> What is the
> meaning of the notation that I'll describe as crossed sabers next to
> some route names? An example route for both symbols would be Xenomorph
> on Deville 3 Pinnacle.
I don't have a clue, I have wonderd myself.
> Also, picking out a few routes from this guide is, in itself, quite an
> endeavor. Any route suggestions would be appreciated. I've focused on
> Lumpy Ridge (I've noted possibles including Osiris, Pancake Stack and
> Eumenides among others)
I would say osiris, pankake stack, and eumenedies are the worst climbs for
their grade on lumpy. Osiris will feel like solid 5.8 with plenty of
grungy wide crack climbing, I know very few people who like the route.
Eumenedies has one good pitch (the crux) and one decent one (before the
crux), the first 5.8 pitch is probably the least enjoyable 5.8 pitch I have
ever climbed, akward, loose, dirty, and fragile. Do mainliner instead, it
is ten times better. I haven't done pankake stack, I haven't heard that it
is anything to write home about. For routes in the 5.7- 5.8 range
definately do pear butress - the best 5.8 in the planet. White wale and
hiatus on the left book are totally stellar, globs of blobs is pretty fun,
and batman and robin is really fun although easy (it has a couple 5.8
variations.) If you're looking for something longer, mainliner is it, it
is one of the best routes on lumpy. Being able to climb in the 5.9-5.10
range opens up alot more climbs on lumpy. Most everything on the book is
> but would not be against any of the other crag
> areas (have been eyeing Xenomorph or its neighbors).
Xenomorph is fun, the first pitch has a 5.9 move 20 feet above the ground,
then you clip a bolt (no pro before that.). Lumpy has way better routes.
Dags in beanland is supposed to be awesome, some of the lines on maggregor
slab are really fun too.
> Would probably
> start in the 5.6 or 7 range up to and including 5.10, single or
> Remove "ZAP." to e-mail.
-hope this helps