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Herbal Essence 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Kirk Miller, Ken Trout
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Kirk Miller on Oct 1, 2006
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On the ledge at the third clip.


Herbal Essence ascends the prominent, black water streak.


This lies left of Footloose.


Twelve bolts to Fixe ring anchors.

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Big fun on the big flake.
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Steve Thomas leading Herbal Essence.
Steve Thomas leading Herbal Essence.
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By chris deulen
From: Merriam, Kansas
Apr 26, 2007
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a

Mr.s Miller and Trout,
Thank you again for another sweet route. Probably one of the best 9s I've ever been on. Kudos.


By Jon Zucco
From: Denver, CO
Aug 15, 2008

My personal favorite nine in this area. good protection, varied holds, balancy crux moves, challenging route finding, this gets an A+.

By ClimberRunner
From: Redmond, WA
May 17, 2009
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a

I wasn't really sure where the "plus" section was. I would say this is a 5.9. Felt pretty easy to me for a .9. If you are short on quickdraws this is a good climb for you. There are 10 bolts, but most of the bolts will be at your ankles when you are clipping the one above, so once you are clipped you can clean the one at your foot.

By Jeff Chrisler
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 28, 2009

I don't really know why this has gotten praise, but for our first climb in CCC, we hit Herbal Essence. After coming down, both of us were annoyed. Perhaps we didn't get it, and didn't understand the sequencing, but we both thought this route sucked.

We have the old handwritten guidebook and it said this was a 9- and I'd agree.

By PHotY
Oct 10, 2011
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a

I did this route last week and really enjoyed it. It is a 5.9, I don't think it needs the +. A ton of bolts, so it's super safe - great for a first time leader (no worries of a fall and a bunch of practice). A couple nice and easy balancey moves, no power needed. I will definitely climb this again.

By Parker Wrozek
Aug 19, 2012
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a

What is with the made in China tow hooks on the chains at the anchor of this route? I don't see why these are needed. Anyone care to fill me in?

A fun, easy route though.

By Jeremy Bauman
From: Lakewood, CO
Sep 18, 2012

Great route, not too difficult. 12 bolts to a Fixe anchor with clips. My friend who hasn't climbed much before top roped it with tennis shoes and only needed to weight the rope once. No power needed.

By hwendlandt
Sep 25, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a

New to Colorado, but this is my favorite 9 so far! Whoever set the holds for the sequence going over the last face into the slabby business, that guy deserves a raise.