|Type:||Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 160'|
|Consensus:||YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]|
|FA:||Stewart Green, Ian Spencer-Green & Brett Spencer-Green in 1993|
|Submitted By:||Stewart M. Green on Apr 28, 2003|
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By Rich F.
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Apr 9, 2011
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Fun climb -- but I think I missed the start. I started directly below the V-shaped break in the roof and went straight up placing one cam in a crack about 12' above the ground, then climbing up a blank slab for about 50 feet until I got to the bolt right below the roof. Actually, I found one small horn to sling to the left of me about 45 feet up -- whew! From where I started, I could not see over a small bump/crack where I put the cam in, so I expected some protection above it but there was nothing. If you do the route like I did, it is definitely an "R" rating (maybe an "X") being that runout on about 5.7 slab climbing. I think the correct start is probably 15 feet left of where I started because it looked like there was more featured rock over there, along with some bolts -- but I thought those were for Larynx. Hmmmm.
Anyway, a 5.8 rating was about right for the climb -- except I thought the move through the V-shaped roof was probably a 5.9 move. I wasn't quite long enough (or flexible enough) for that move. Fortunately, it is very well-protected at the roof with a cold-shut bolt placed perfectly. Once above the roof, there are about 4 more bolts and the climbing gets easier the higher you go. I used a big pine tree for my anchor at the top.
As Stewart says, it's a very long climb, and I would recommend it. Just maybe not the way I did it -- straight up and very run out to the roof. Thanks for putting up the climb, Stewart!