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Rincon - Center Route & R
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Another Pipeline Bonecrusher T,S 
Camouflage S 
Center Route T 
Concentric T 
Counterstroke T 
Five-Eight Crack T,TR 
Five-Ten Crack T 
Front Side Lip Smack T 
Green Room, The T 
Killing Fields, The T 
Mind Over Matter T,TR 
Neato T,TR 
On the Crest T 
Outer Limbits T,TR 
Point Break T,S 
Raccoon Soup aka Thunderbolts T,TR 
Reveley-Hunter T 
Rincon T 
Rincon Dink T 
Rincon Light T 
Rinodina T 
Spicoli S 
Toprope Left of Spicoli TR 
Warp Riders T 

Camouflage 

YDS: 5.12b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6b

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12 French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E6 6b [details]
FA: Michaels, Meyers, Piana
Fixed Hardware: 8 Lead Bolts [details]
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Submitted By: Steve Levin on Oct 23, 2001

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Description 

Camouflage is a challenging crimp-fest between the Center Route and Rincon, well-bolted (although unfortunately with ring bolts that are hard to clip), continuous, and quite thin. Prepare thy tips for battle.

Start either on Rincon and move left to the first bolt, or you can stick clip the first bolt (or clip from Rincon and downclimb) and attack the little boulder problem leading directly to the first bolt. Now proceed to edge and crimp your way up the clean wall, past a definite crux at the bolt below the roof. At the roof move a bit right, into the corner. Above this you have to reach out left blindly to clip the bolts, and then do a couple of tenuous and difficult moves to big holds and a 2-bolt anchor up and right.

Crisp temperatures, good edging shoes, and fresh tips all help significantly, as does having the holds chalked up- they can be difficult to locate if not. This is a really exquisite bit of technical face climbing.

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Dan showing some of the typical technique required...
Dan showing some of the typical technique required...
Ahhhhhhhhhhh.
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Camouflage.
BETA PHOTO: Camouflage.
Josh get'n' busy.
Josh get'n' busy.
Josh crimpn' on Camouflage.
Josh crimpn' on Camouflage.

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By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Feb 1, 2002
rating: 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b

The crimps on this route are small, and hard to find (thus the namesake), but didn't tear my fingers up like some sharper routes have. I still had fun on this. Going to the first bolt on lead is difficult but it did not seem unreasonably hard to get to. After the initial roof is beat you are high up there, but not at a crux. The route also moves hard right and then back, between the second and third bolts. I had not looked at the topo and tried to stay the direct line. This proved to be extremely difficult, (impossible for me) and even when resorting to aiding though and attempting to TR it, I still failed to get it direct.

I never did manage to redpoint the route, but it was a good time anyway. I don't care too much for sport-climbing in general, but this route offers a fairly fun and unique opportunity to do something a little different, and do it safely.
By reboot
From: Westminster, CO
Sep 26, 2006

Sport climbing in Eldo... Wow. Dogged/"aided" this route on a hot day in July. A cooler day (or earlier in the morning before the sun hits) would probably make it a bit easier. We ended up clipping the first bolt while rapping from Center Route, but the moves going from the right is not difficult (if a bit dicey). My fingers took most of damage between bolt 2 & 3 while trying to figure out the moves. Otherwise, the crimps are not too unfriendly.

I'll definitely have to come back for the redpoint (and free the crux move below the roof) someday.
By adam brink
From: Boulder, CO
Dec 13, 2007
rating: 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b

The route description says to go right into the corner after the slab. Does anyone know how hard it is to climb the arete (which looks way better!) that is above the slab instead of the corner?

Thanks!
By Steve Levin
From: Boulder, CO
Dec 14, 2007

To my knowledge the arete is unclimbed. Anyone else know more?
By reboot
From: Westminster, CO
Jan 16, 2008

Saw a strong climber going directly onto the arete and got it clean last weekend. He said it was a lot harder than going to the right but didn't elaborate on the grade.
By adam brink
From: Boulder, CO
Dec 16, 2008
rating: 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b

Is this the hardest slab route around Boulder? It sure feels super stout and sustained for the grade. Any of you slabmasters out there have a recommendation for other hard slab routes? Thanks!
By richard magill
Dec 17, 2008

Try the Black Face at Cadillac Crag. Really fun! I think it is supposed to be middle 12, but it seemed harder than that.

Also, down in Clear Creek there is a thing called Black and Tan (?) on Wall of the Nineties that is pretty insane.... I couldn't figure it out.
By bwillem
From: the wasatch
Jan 21, 2009

There's a hard slab at Button Rock Reservoir...down off the creek. Can't remember the name.
By Dusty
From: Fort Collins
Dec 15, 2009
rating: 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b

This climb seemed to get better each time I worked it. The climbing is cryptic and the cruxes seem fairly beta intensive. The rock is bullet, one of the best slab routes I've been on. Sure felt like a sandbag at .12b...but I'm a softy.
By Ol' Toby
From: WA
Nov 20, 2014
rating: 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b

Great vision by the FA party to see and equip this line. Superbly thin and technical movement. Definitely easier when conditions are crisp.