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El Gallito 

YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- British: E4 5c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- British: E4 5c [details]
FA: Unknown
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Submitted By: Chris O'Connor on Jul 13, 2007
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This route is the 2nd route to the left of Magie Noire.


This is on the Northwest of Stepping Stones.


4 bolts, chain anchors.

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By jarthur
From: Westminster, CO
Sep 9, 2008

Pretty sweet route. It definitely puts some air in between you and the bolt below you especially going to the anchors. Just the way I like it.

By Kevin Neilson
From: Boulder
May 5, 2012

Great route. The best part is the super-stem to move right along the bolt line. The crux is hanging on to one of the slopers at the top to clip the anchors. I chose the sloper off to the right.

By Chris Archer
May 17, 2012
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a PG13

Quality climbing slightly marred by unnecesarily intimidating bolting. Hard to read finish. Felt like 11d on sight; 11b red point when you know where to go.

By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
May 17, 2012
rating: 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c

"Hard to read finish".

By topher donahue
May 23, 2012

The bolting on this used to feel just fine, but I pried off two huge flakes, one before the first bolt, and one before the roof. The climbing is more continuous and safer now, but it does feel kind of sketchy, especially climbing off the ground to the first bolt with a lousy landing. Would the FA crew consider re-bolting the lower half to suit the climb without the massive time-bomb jugs it used to have?

Seems like adding a low bolt and then lowering the bolt below the roof a few inches so it could be clipped before the tricky stem would set it up nicely.

By Pinklebear
May 23, 2012

Hey Topher: I'm not sure who did the FA (maybe Chris O'Connor, who submitted it, or Bruno Hache?), but anyway my vote would be to move the bolts to make it safer, in line with the rest of this good little sport wall. Thanks for trundling those death blocks--it needed to happen!