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Cosmic Thing 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Kurt Smith, Alan Nelson 4/90
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Submitted By: Alan Nelson on Dec 3, 2001
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Follow the bolts between "Smokin' Crack" and "Dealin' Crack" up face, up an arete, and over overlaps to a belay ledge. This route is shown in William Prehm's photo topo as "The General (5.12a)". I'll stick with the original name of "Cosmic Thing" and the original grade of 5.12b. It's a great pitch.


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By Anonymous Coward
Nov 3, 2003

Fun route, but ain't no way its 3 stars or 12b. Van Horn's guide calls it 11d/12a, and I'd put it on the lower end of that range when compared to other routes of the grade at Shelf.

By Rob Kepley
From: Westminster,CO
Feb 26, 2006

I got on this route today and I really liked it. I felt that the crux was in the section when your right hand is on the arete down near the bottom half. I had to do a pretty big lunge up to a good pocket with my left hand while pinching with my right. After this section the holds get better but the route gets a lot more overhung. Very pumpy finish! I would give it a solid 12a. Great route.

By FC John
From: Fort Collins, CO
Dec 8, 2008

2 star route at best. The rap anchors are about 6 feet too high on this route.

By Monty
From: Golden, CO
Jan 11, 2009
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a

2.5 stars outa 4. Would be a classic at any area if it wasn't compared to the classics at Shelf. Fun movement on the arete to a pumpy, jug haul.