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Choss Temple Pilots 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Rick Leitner, Chris Alber, Sept. 1998
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Submitted By: Jeff Lockyer on Sep 25, 2001

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Description 

Locate this on the south face of Surprising Crag. Find this route by locating the obvious chimney and count 3 bolt lines to the left, just right of the arete.

Climb past the first 2 bolts (careful of loose rocks, but not bad) and then into a small, right-facing dihedral. Go straight up from here. It is a good warm-up, even at 5.8.

Protection 

6 bolts - 2 bolt anchor.


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Routes on the left side of the south face of Surpr...
BETA PHOTO: Routes on the left side of the south face of Surpr...
Jon Grayson just past the crux of the route.
Jon Grayson just past the crux of the route.
Sequence of climber on 5.8 lead.  More at visionso...
Sequence of climber on 5.8 lead. More at visionso...
View from the top to the west.
View from the top to the west.

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By TBD
May 14, 2002

Fun climb, I'd tack on another star.
By Anonymous Coward
Jul 22, 2002

It climbs more like a 5.9.
By Cody Munger
From: Carson City, NV
Jun 21, 2005
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

The bolts on this route were quite badly placed. Had to clip the second one while in the middle of a jam and got my rope all twisted up. The third bolt is useless. By the time you can clip it, you're already standing on the ledge, and reaching the 4th bolt is no problem from that position.

Getting over the roof is the crux. If you're tall, just grab a huge jug off to the right, no footwork required.
By ?????
Jun 22, 2005

The last comment is why the Sport Park is the best climbing in front range...bolted cracks...sick...z-clipping off of ledges...the sickest...the only part that they are leaving out is that route was originally rated 13a because some wanker really wanted to "climb 13" so they put their own up.
By Gary Schmidt
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 29, 2005

For all the negativity surrounding the Sport Park, I enjoyed the climb. A nice route with interesting moves and exposure. 5.8 seemed about right.
By Cody Munger
From: Carson City, NV
Oct 3, 2005
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

The crux is a high stepping reachy thing if you follow the bolts. The shorter people I was with found it easier to go left where the step isn't as high.
By KCP
From: Eldorado Springs, CO
Aug 21, 2007
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

This isn't a bad route, except that the last bolt is very poorly placed. I got the impression that the bolter was trying to force the route onto the face.
By Ryan Flynn
From: Maple Valley, WA
May 19, 2010
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Had fun on this route.

Last bolt is poorly placed. Skipped it, and it seemed more logical just to go for the anchors.
By Ben Cassedy
From: Denver, CO
Jun 27, 2010
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Also skipped the last bolt, didn't make much sense to me where it was. The climb was just so-so, but the exposure on the top half was pretty cool.
By SavageMarmot
From: Nederland, CO
May 31, 2013

A fun TR variation goes left up the very edge of the arete. Pumpy 5.9 on slopers and crimps.