|Type:||Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, Grade IV|
|Consensus:||YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]|
|FA:||Michael Covington and Pete Robonson. FFA Dan Hare and Chris Reveley|
|Submitted By:||paco on Jul 1, 2002|
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By Bosier Parsons
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Oct 9, 2004
|I never finished this route, but the first three pitches are high quality. The crux was steep and had some nice face holds.|
From: Pinewood Springs
Aug 12, 2010
At the traverse under the roof, we continued up the crack past the giant flake for a long 50m pitch and set a hanging belay.
On the next ~30m pitch, I went up until I could traverse left for some moves then back right, and up to a stance on a ledge with 3 old angles and some webbing, 11a.
(Looking at Rossiter topo I believe I somehow got on Hidden Diamond via small ledge) Continued up the crack, hard climbing without good stances to place pro, after 20m moved to right crack about 10m directly below ledge & mess of slings tied to 4 nuts, this was the crux. A 4 inch slot with 2 slopper pockets and bad feet ie read no feet. Looked to be a impressive lay back, but placing pro would be difficult. I choose to aid it.
Above the ledge it looked like a great 10 wide crack, but I was whipped having lead/aid it all, we rapped over and down the mitten.
I'd go back, as I'm wondering about the "step left" in description.
--Ross & Per Andersson
By Kevin Stricker
From: Evergreen, CO
Aug 13, 2010
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Your description of the crux does sound a bit like Hidden Diamond, especially if the crack above the fist crack/roof was small and had flowers growing from it. I remember a traverse out to the right pass a few pins to get to that pitch though. Curving Vine pretty much continues straight up past the monster flake although it does jog a bit on the second pitch. It is an obvious crack system to the right of Pervertical that is distinguished by the fact that it pinches off and ends about 100 feet below the left side of Almost Table.