Jimmy Cliff

This is where I did my first ever multi-pitch (shout out to Pine Tree Crack!). Sitting at higher altitude exposed to breezes and sun, Jimmy Cliff is a good climbing option after it rains. Those willing to make the hike up Rattlesnake Mountain will be greeted with a variety of beginner friendly lead climbs in the 5.7 – 5.10 range. The shorter, easier routes tend to start with 5.5 – 5.7 moves before softening up. Also communication between climber and belayer is easy, which makes these sound options for first leads.

There are two walls (left and right) as well as a long slab area further left and around the corner from the alcove. This offers a great introduction to multi-pitch trad and sport climbing on a seriously low-angle pitch (many people solo up this). You’ll be rewarded at the top with fantastic views of the surrounding valley.

About the author

Aaron Gerry

Aaron Gerry

Avid climber, adventurer and traveler

Aaron is a climber and freelance writer. He writes about, you guessed it, climbing, travel (17 countries and counting), and has been featured in publications such as Rock and Ice, goEast, and The Project Magazine. He’s keen on trad and bouldering, and sport as well. You can read more of his work at aarongerry.com

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