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Evolution aka Gimme Back My Bullets 

YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: S. Annecone and T. Hayes, 2006
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Steve Annecone on Jan 14, 2006

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Description 

Evolution, formerly known as "Gimme Back my Bullets" and first TR'd in 1993, starts at the beginning of Cold Shot and then follows the sinuous seam crack up the Higher Security face. It's fairly sustained, with 11a or b cruxes at the 3rd, 4th, and 5th bolts. Exit the pod at the 5th bolt, angle up the left leaning crack, then hand traverse up a nice rail to the anchor.

There's still some scaly rock in places, but it's cleaning up quickly. Feels as pumpy and sustained as Cold Shot, but it's more technical and perhaps a little steeper.

Protection 

Quick draws only, 6 bolts to anchor.


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Tom at the first crux past the 3rd bolt, eyeing his next foothold.
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By Jason Haas
From: Broomfield, CO
Apr 26, 2006

As a heads up, there's still plenty of loose rock on this thing.
By Robbie the Dog
Sep 10, 2006

I second the heads up on the loose rock. A couple of foot holds disintegrated as I was traversing into the bigger stuff to the left. Several flakes flex, and there seems to be a largish area of hollow and scaly rock to the left of the crack that ends in the bigger stuff. If it received a serious exfoliation, it might be worth it.
By Steven Lucarelli
From: Moab, UT
Dec 11, 2006
rating: 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

I agree with the two comments above, this route still needs some serious cleaning.
By slim
Administrator
Dec 15, 2008
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a

Ok climbing, but weird bolt locations and exfoliating chips blowing out from under left foot at crux. Felt harder than a lot of the 11d to 12a routes that I have done in the canyon. Not sure why, just kind of a weird route.
By Kevin Neilson
From: Boulder
Oct 3, 2009

Higher Security Risk still needs a little cleaning, but I thought this route was pretty nice and I wouldn't give it a bomb. There were several interesting moves, particularly getting into and out of the "pod". Most of the looser rock is near the anchors. This face gets a lot of good late-season sun in the afternoon.
By Ray Lovestead
From: Boulder, CO
Nov 5, 2012
rating: 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c

2012 - clean as a whistle. Ready for prime time and totally worth it.

Two distinct cruxes that are worth the effort of figuring out. I give it 2.5 stars. More if it was longer.