|The Canal Zone
Make a few moves off the ground to a featured and low angle slab that leads to another headwall and the crux. This climb is likely to feel more difficult if you are short.
|By Todd Felix|
Jul 19, 2013
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c
Felt easier than 5.10 to me, but perhaps I didn't follow the intended line. There was a lot of lichen and some loose rock, including a large flake toward the top (last 2 bolts) that seems like it should be trundled. The hardest part was trying to avoid that flake; it's the best hold around there. Maybe there's a good route under there, but it could use some cleaning.
|By Abram Herman|
From: Golden, CO
Jul 29, 2013
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a
Nothing too hard, but I do feel it's 10a for this area. Seemed clean enough except for a few easy feet in the middle, the one loose block is marked with an X. Nice little addition to Canal Zone, thanks!
|By Nathaniel Harter|
From: Thornton, CO
Aug 5, 2013
I haven't climbed in a year due to living in Wisconsin, I just moved up here and this was my first climb. It was a touch dirty, but it is also a really new climb. If you climb straight towards the last two bolts, I would give it a 5.10a rating, but if you head off-track a bit like I did, I would give it a 5.9 rating.
Great fun climb, the loose rock is marked with an X; after meeting one of the route setters, Jason I believe, he explained that the loose rock is in there pretty well.
Thanks a ton for this great addition to Canal Zone!
|By Jeremy C|
From: Lakewood, CO
Aug 5, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a
The Canal Zone could always use more routes as it's often a circus in the summer, even on weekdays. That being said, this is not a bad route. I thought that most of it was 5.8ish except 1 or 2 moves toward the top, getting to that big chalked up V-shaped hold. Going off to the left through the bush is also possibly an option but may or may not be easier and just seemed dirty to me. Cool addition overall! Thanks, bolters!
|By Mike Morin|
From: On the Road
Aug 6, 2013
Just to clear up some possible speculation, and though off topic from the comments above, I feel I should address this.
The trees that were removed at the base of the climb were not removed by myself or Jason. The removal was the result of a mistake made by JCOS staff that thought the gate which was installed on the wooden flume to the west was going to be placed at the location of Buckets. The route occurred as a result of this mistake, but I would not, nor would I support the removal of such large trees to make way for a route.
5 days ago
Felt easier than a 5.9. Esp. when the consensus for Made In The Shade is a 9- which I found 10x harder than this route, course I have no slabby skills.