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Battle With a Bush 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a

Type: Trad, 1 pitch, 40'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Matt Bolt, 5/15/09 (possibly?)
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Matt Bolt on May 15, 2009
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So, I was going to climb in the Primo area a few week ago, and I notice this little crack above the Nomad's Cave. I decided to haul my butt and my rack up here to give this a thing a ground up attempt with no idea what I was getting into. Turns out this crack is awesome though a little on the short side. From the abundance of loose rock and vegetation, my guess is that my send was a first ascent; however, people have been climbing here in CCC for longer than I have been alive, so I reluctant to name this. This route is a good opportunity for any crack (climbing) addict to get a fix.

This slightly overhanging crack starts out as slightly big hands and narrows down to thin hand at the top. There is a second crack that begins about 3/4 up on the right that is fist size. The approach is a bit of work, but IMO this climb is worth it.


This climb is located in a slightly overhanging dihedral above the Nomad's Cave. It is about 50 ft. towards the road from Mildage.

To approach this climb, scramble up some 4th class rock to the left of the 5.10 warm-ups at the Primo Wall (same approach as Mildage). If standing under the bolts of Mildage, follow a ledge going left from Mildage and once you turn the corner look up and you are there. (See picture for better description) There is currently a bush growing at the base of the crack, you may have to do some bushwacking to get to the start of the climb.


I placed 1 x #0.75, 1 x #2, 2 x #3, 1 x #4 Camalots (some might prefer more, some might prefer less). YOU WILL WANT TO ANCHOR YOUR BELAYER IN ALSO, SO BRING SOME SMALLER GEAR FOR THAT AS WELL. NO BOLTS AT THE TOP but you can build an anchor with some hand and fist size pieces to belay up your second.


You can rap off of the Mildage anchors (with caution). Or you can hike down past the large tree and to the (climber's) left. But you will want to have your second bring up all of your gear from the base, seeing that you can not get back to the base from the walk-off.

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Matt Bolt on a potential first ascent, belayed and seconded by Sean Wolf.  <br /> <br />This gives a little perspective on the angle. The tree in this photo actually grows at an angle. The photo is upright, just look at the belayer.  <br /> <br />Photo by Mike Johnson
Matt Bolt on a potential first ascent, belayed and...
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By Matt Bolt
From: Lakewood
May 16, 2009

So I left this route unnamed for now because I don't want to go around renaming routes that the hardmen of old probably just called a warm up. If anyone has any more information on this climb, feel free to let me know and I will definately update it on here. This climb was just too good to pass up, first ascent or 1000th ascent.

A little obscure and out of the way, but that's my style. And it beats driving all the way to Boulder. Look forward to some more additions to the trad climbing selection in CCC after this summer. I've got nothing to do all summer (but climb) and a rack that need some attention.

By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
May 16, 2009

I say name it, Matt.
Great effort!!

By Peter Beal
From: Boulder Colorado
May 16, 2009

Hi Matt,
Just a suggestion that you leave the bush at the base of the corner alone. I have a hunch that the route, which I agree is a great line, will never get enough traffic to merit tearing out a living thing, however seemingly worthless or obscure. Just a thought.

By Matt Bolt
From: Lakewood
May 16, 2009

I am totally fine with leaving it. I think it just adds to the adventure (although I don't think that most people climb in CCC for the adventure).

By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
May 18, 2009

Plenty of adventure in the canyon, just got to know where to find it.