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Anti-viral T,TR 
Ark, The T 
Axis of Weasels T 
Baggins' Blunt Arete T,TR 
Big Dihedral T,TR 
Bolted Line S 
Brown Cloud ArÍte S,TR 
Bullet The Brown Cloud S 
Chimney T 
Crack T,TR 
Crack (2 left of Interface) T 
Crack (right of Interface) T 
Crack/Chimney T,TR 
Deck Chairs on the Titanic S,TR 
Interface aka Slab Left S,TR 
Iraqi Road T 
John Adams' Adams Apple T,TR 
Kid's Climb S,TR 
Killian's Dead T,TR 
Louise S,TR 
Louise Arete TR 
New River Gorge Homesick Blues S 
Of Sound Mind and Body T 
Old Roof Route aka Lemons, Limes, and Tangerines S,TR 
Pee Into the Wind T 
Pee on Dee S,TR 
Pee on Me T 
Protection From the Virus S,TR 
Punkin Puss & Mushmouse aka Bow of the Titanic S 
Retro-Crack T 
Right of Interface T 
Solo Route aka Life Raft TR 
Tenacious S,TR 
Thelma S,TR 
Thick Crust T 
Tiny Face T,TR 
Tiny Pillar TR 
Top Rope Face (aka Rising Passion) S,TR 
Unknown Crack T,TR 
Unknown Crack (Right of The Virus) T 
Unknown left of Left Slab T 
Unknown Route S 
Variation to The Virus T,S 
Virus, The S 
Volobee (aka Jolobee) S 
Wide Crack T,TR 
Windy Days S,TR 
Ypsilon T,TR 
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YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 35'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9- French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 16 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Unknown
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Submitted By: Ben Mottinger on Jan 1, 2001

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Climb up the face using the arete on the right side past the second bolt if necessary. The 5.10 variation goes straight up the face w/out using the arete at all. Note: the cold shuts on this climb and many around Table are being worn thin.


Four QDs and a #0.5 Friend for the horizontal break between the last bolt and the anchors.

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By Anonymous Coward
Jun 25, 2001

The first moves are harder than 5.8 (5.9+) if you are less than 6'.
By Edward Jenner
Dec 19, 2001

Yup, the're not that easy even if you are 6'. A stout 5.8!
By Chris Zeller
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 28, 2002

I agree, I must not have found the 5.8 variation. If you aren't a 5.10 leader, I'd recommend leading Thelma and doing this one on TR first.
By Andy Mauk
Jun 30, 2002

This route is a lot of fun. You really don't need to be tall for these first few moves these other people are talking about. I'm 5' 6" and I got the moves just fine. You have to be careful on the first clip ( even though you can get it from the ground) because if the climber is the fall after the clip he is falling to the ground.
By Lee Smith
Dec 26, 2005

I believe that the block with the two bolt anchor on this route is NOT safe and the whole thing may come down some day. Earlier this year there was a big rockfall in the gully to the left of this arete and I have to wonder about the stability of this section of the crag. Be careful!
By Tod Anderson
Dec 28, 2005

These climbs should be renamed Dumb and Dummer based on what the anchors were set in. I wonder if the FA party had any understanding of physics at all.
By Mike Pharris
From: Longmont, CO
Jun 26, 2007

Looked at the anchor block from several angles and while it is apart from the main body of the cliff, it appears to be very solidly sitting atop the tower. I feel like it'll hold all but a complete whipper of a leader fall and not budge at all.
By Matt Gates
From: Pinewood Springs, CO
Nov 25, 2007
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

The anchor block may be perched securely, but there is a fracture line in the block itself. It's only a matter of time before it splits in two. This route and its neighbor should be "retired". Till then, avoid these climbs like the plague.
By J. Fox
From: Black Hawk, CO
Jul 1, 2009
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

Sh*t. No wonder I couldn't get up this thing! I thought, "How is it that I've onsighted several 5.8s and now I can't climb a 5.7?" I thought Thelma and Louise were both 5.7s. The face was definitely a 5.9 or 5.10. I moved onto the arete on the right.
By P.D.Williams
From: Lakewood
Jul 21, 2009

Goofy and underrated. Harder than I remembered, particularly on lead. I brought my daughter (17) here as a first time out for her in many years, thinking "ah 5.7/5.8 on top rope - no problem" Yikes!
By Bill Olszewski
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Sep 5, 2011

Fun route but it's pretty amazing that the collection of blocks at the top actually stays in place. It was interesting to layback that free standing block held in place only by the weight of the anchor block on top of it....
By Free Willie
Apr 6, 2013

There is one head-sized, wedged rock holding this whole thing together. Know this before you climb it.
By Ed Krejcik
From: Broomfield, CO
Nov 30, 2014
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

I thought this route was harder than The Old Roof Route, and all the bolts are spinners.
By curt86iroc
From: Golden, CO
Dec 10, 2014
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Be careful. Between bolts 2 and 3 is definitely run out. Miss clipping the 3rd bolt and you'll face groundfall. Solid 5.9 IMO.
By Jim Fox
From: Westminster, CO
Jan 19, 2015
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Climbed this going straight up the middle of the face. Thought "Holy crap, this is the hardest 5.8 I've ever been on". Felt much harder than Interface or the Old Roof Route....

Looked on MP today & guess I did the "5.10 variant". Felt 5.9+ at least or easily could be 5.10a.

Fun but steep and sustained (but short).

The block at the top seems solid but is still a little scary....
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