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King Coral 

YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ British: E3 5c

Type: Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11- French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VIII+ British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Richard Aschert / Dave Dangle, April, 1990
Season: year round, best in summer
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Submitted By: Dan Dalton on Nov 11, 2007
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A fun and pockety route common to the style on this particular wall (the Swiss Cheese Wall.) The crux is pulling the bulge near the top and working to the anchors on vertical to slightly overhanging terrain. The lower section feels 5.10c-ish and is really fun with lots of good jugs and pockets.


From the pullout that is about 2 miles down from the Cactus Cliff road, find a faint trail marked by cairns and head up moderately steep terrain until you reach the limestone cliffs. Take the left fork and pass the Heaven Wall. King Coral is near the middle of the Swiss Cheese Wall and marked by all red hangers (the wall should be easy to find based on its name!)


9 homemade hangers and 2 anchor bolts.

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By Darryl Roth
Jul 21, 2009

Dusting of some underused brain cells... This was a Richard Aschert / Dave Dangle route.

By Monomaniac
From: Morrison, CO
Jun 7, 2010

IMHO, this is one of the best routes at Shelf--probably top ten. Its clearly the best 5.11 of the 109 I've done at Shelf. The stone on the upper half is as good as the better stuff at Siurana.

By Peter Beal
From: Boulder Colorado
Jun 8, 2010

The North End really has some of the best and most interesting routes at Shelf.