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The Bihedral (Upper Tier)
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A Fly in the Ointment 
Acid Crack 
Acid Rock 
Bihedral Arete 
Blood Diamond 
Case of the Fags 
Crack Variation 
Dan's Line 
Diamonds and Rust 
Dihedral Variation 
Edge of Reality 
Fat Tuesday 
Flags of Our Fathers 
Flesh Eating Flies 
Group Therapy 
High Hard One 
Hold The Line 
It's Time For Change 
Just Putin Around 
Left-Handed Tool 
Loose Blocks [in the Black Band] 
Night Moves 
Oh Boy 
Puff Daddy 
Rhodian Shores 
Rhodian, Naturally 
Sands of Iwo Jima 
Sun Spot 
Thumb Tack 
Tool King 
Trick or Treat 
Where's Ray? 

Diamonds and Rust 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a

Type: Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Ron Olsen, Bob D'Antonio, Nickie Kelly, 11/26/08
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Ron Olsen on Nov 26, 2008
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Diamonds and Rust is a new sport route on the big shelf left of Heterohedral. Start about 10' right of Edge of Reality and 20' left of Heterohedral. This is the same start as Night Moves.

Step up and clip a bolt on the right, and traverse right to a right-facing corner. Climb the corner to a ledge at its top. Climb a tricky slab past an overlap (crux), and continue straight up to the anchor.


The route starts on a big shelf about 20' left of Heterohedral and 10' right of Edge of Reality. This is the same start as for Night Moves.

To get there from the main Bihedral area, traverse left on the narrow exposed ledge past Dan's Line and Group Therapy. Be very careful. Not a good approach for kids or pets. A safer approach can be made by coming up from the Left Side area, but this is a long way from the main Bihedral area.

An anchor has been installed on the right side of the shelf, so you can do a diagonal rappel back to the main Bihedral area instead of reversing the exposed traverse; see ??.


9 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor with lowering hooks.

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By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Mar 22, 2009

Fun route, most of it is easier than 5.9. Use caution when lowering, as it is a bit of a diagonal line, and you can swing all the way over the Heterohedral.

There is a new route right of this line which goes over the Heterohedral roof.

By Josh M.
From: Golden, CO
Jul 19, 2009

Great route! We noticed three or four freshly bolted routes on the back of the spire-like outcropping to the left of Diamonds and Rust... do we have to wait for Bob's book (come onnnnn Aug 4!) to learn about these, too?

By Hiro
From: Boulder, CO
Jan 19, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a

Fun route! I didn't give it that much in terms of stars, but it has interesting climbing really - plenty of holds, but along with awkward angles and slab commitment required.