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Pitch 1: Start on low angle rock heading for the bottom of the obvious corner/crack system. Do a couple of funky layback/stem moves to get into the corner. Get used to funky stems and laybacks. Continue up the corner until it is possible to step left into another crack, this is near a tree growing from the crack. Continue up this crack system to a small triangular ledge. Belay off of cams and nuts. Be sure to save something in the .75 to#1 Camalot range. 5.10-, 135ft.
Pitch 2: Climb the corner above into a short squeeze chimney with a small roof at it's top. Place gear at the top of the chimney then step back down a bit and traverse left across a fragile white face. Climb up to the left side of a larger roof, climbing around it on the left. Continue up the varnished corner above to a small ledge on the right and belay. There is a fixed nut and jammed knot here.5.10- R,70ft.
Pitch 3: Climb up and left from the belay. You will climb over a section of large blocks and flakes. at the obvious top of this section step back right into the main corner system. Climb into a short chimney, capped by a small roof. Climb out the left side of the roof using unique body positions. Climb up to a small, blocky, broken ledge on the right and belay. 5.10-, 110ft.
Pitch 4: The money pitch! Do some thin moves up off the belay, leading to another short slot. Find some good gear. Climb out the left side of the slot using powerful, corner switching laybacks. Plug in some gear and power through to more good holds. just as the crack/seam starts to arch left do a face traverse back right into the main corner. Climb up the obvious varnished ramp on the right to a 2 bolt anchor(not very good), belay. 5.11a, 50ft.
To descend make 2 or 3 rappels down and to the left of the route. Left of the route.
Enterprise is the next crack system to the left of X-15.
RPs/HBs: 1 set
Nuts: 1.5 sets, heavy on the middle sizes.
Cams: 1 Blue Alien
2 each Green Alien to #1 Camalot.
1 each #2,#3,#4 Camalots.
|By J. Thompson|
From: denver, co
Apr 13, 2010
Ok here's my personal thoughts on the route.
This route is FULL value trad climbing. Be prepared for some loose rock(that will clean up), runouts, and unique climbing.
The pitchs are fairly sustained at their respective grades. Pitch 2 is fairly runout.
The pitchs are very fun, with unique(did I say that yet?) climbing that's just a pleasure to do.
The crux pitch is awesome, I'd give the first 3 pitchs 2 stars...but then the crux pitch forced me to bump it up a star.
On the 4th pitch there is a variation that goes straight up the main corner, it's supposed to be 5.12a...and looks quite thin!
The last anchor needs to be replaced, badly.
|By Josh Janes|
Mar 25, 2012
The final anchor on this route was replaced courtesy of the ASCA with 1/2" stainless hardware in 2012. If you use and appreciate updated bolts in Red Rocks, consider a donation to the ASCA at www.safeclimbing.org.
It is possible, stopping at every station, to rap down the wall with a single 70 meter rope.
There is still, and only, one bad anchor on this side of the Challenger Wall to my knowledge: That is the anchor atop the first pitch of that obscure bolted route. This anchor is used if you rap with a single 70 - I'd like to see it updated. Also, it would be nice if someone doing X-15 or Enterprise would bring 4 quick links or so (or some quick links and rings) and a wrench to put proper rap set ups on the various anchors. Right now they are a mix of webbing, quick links, and sometimes single 'biners (which cause ropes to twist). A few extra links and/or rings and reallocation of the existing stuff would clean everything up for the better.
Mar 26, 2012
That's rad, Josh. Thanks for doing that.
|By Jon O'Brien|
Apr 24, 2012
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c R
heard through the grapevine that you replaced that last anchor. thanks so much bro! we were really scared with me FOLLOWING that pitch! I think we both had visions of me falling and yanking the two of us right off the wall...
i'll bring those quick links if i return this season.