It’s always ideal to start your climbing day with a good warm-up route before tackling on the more complex routes. This will usually give you a good feel for what you may or may not be up to for a full day of climbing. If you want a fun warm-up to get those arms and legs prepped, Rollercoaster, on the Rollercoaster Wall located on the west side of Bath Rock in the City of Rocks, is just the one for this.
The approach to this climb is very simple and only requires walking up a few steps on a dirt path and it’s the first climb along the Rollercoaster Wall. It’s a pretty popular route that is best to climb in the morning or early evening to avoid direct sunlight in the afternoon. Don’t be surprised if you have to wait your turn to climb this route.
Rollercoaster is rated right around a 5.8 to 5.9. The crux was at the beginning and there are crimpy holds here and there, but once you get past the little slab at the start there is a good mixture of jugs and bucket holds on this climb that may be rather inviting if this is your second or third day of climbing at the City. The granite can be a little rough on the tips of your fingers after a couple of days. It is a sport climb so you’ll need quickdraws for protection, and Rollercoaster shares a chain anchor at the top with Private Idaho.
On the southwest side of Bath Rock, you’ll find a little route called Rebar Route 4th Class. Scramble up some easy rock and up a ramp, and then you’ll find yourself at the base of some heavy-gauge rebar handles that resemble a short little via ferrata route. Once you get past the rebar and climb up a little more, you’ll be at the top of Bath Rock and see a spectacular view of the City.
The Rebar Route is for those that are non-technical climbers. It is a fun little climb you can do with the kids, and they’ll get a kick out of the small pools that have formed up at the top of Bath Rock. Some of them have water while others don’t, and the kids will love sitting in the big holes in the rock. This is a good way to end your adventurous day of climbing.
Disclaimer: Climbing is a dangerous sport. Take all the necessary precautions and assess your climbing ability carefully. The difficulty ratings are entirely subjective, and this article is based solely on opinion. This is not meant for instruction and you should seek a professional climbing instructor if you question your climbing abilities.
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