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Many of the harder lines in the Durango area seem to be somewhat enigmatic, and Jack Frost is no exception. Most folks know it as "the hard thing next to Rasta Man!!" and give it a glance as they walk on to better known routes. As it turns out, this one is really good.
Start up an easy slab past two bolts and stand up on the slightly gravelly ledge. The climbing changes dramatically here. Stretch up high to clip the third bolt (a stick clip from the ledge would be a legit tactic as this bolt is especially hard to get a draw onto), and surf into immediate difficulties. The angle eases, and good holds emerge to lead one to the elegant black and gray headwall, where one's ability to use very small, sloping holds will dictate success.
Jack Frost begins directly behind the large tree in the middle of the wall. Tie in about 20 feet right of Rasta Man!!.
8 bolts to chain anchor.
|By Christopher Barlow|
May 18, 2012
In the hopes of encouraging more folks to get on this line, I found it to be somewhat easier than the 13c grade given in the Durango Sandstone guidebook. More ascents will help settle it.
|By Ben Kiessel|
Sep 4, 2013
rating: 5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b
Chris is right. This is a great line!
I found it to have a similar difficulty of climbing as 420, it just lacks the no hands rest. I found the thin, crimpy, upper crux difficult to read at first but found a line through it that wasn't too horribly difficult.
Get on this thing!