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Merry Maids 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Nelson & Wright, 1992
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Submitted By: Richard M. Wright on Nov 7, 2001

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Merry Maids.


Unmistakable, Merry Maids crops up about 200 feet from the ice cave and fires up the corner of a colorful, left-facing dihedral. This rock is still a little sharp, but it has been getting more friendly with use. Big blocks lead to an interesting stemming problem that will dump you off the corner at three quarters height. Negotiate a small bulge just below the anchor.

It is a good warm-up, gets good sun, and has acceptable but not outstanding rock.


A dozen draws and a rope.

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Johnny making a clip on Merry Maids.
Johnny making a clip on Merry Maids.
Moving out from the corner.
Moving out from the corner.

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By tim naylor
Mar 27, 2004

Excellent route. Easiest .10 at Rifle
By B.J. Sbarra
Aug 2, 2004
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Fun route, easier for taller folks.
By Randy Slavin
Sep 22, 2009

This route is in desperate need of bolt replacement. Multiple bolts wiggling in holes, loose nuts, etc. Easy route, but scary protection currently.
By Michael Schneiter
From: Glenwood Springs, CO
Aug 25, 2010

All of the lead bolts got replaced during the Rifle Cleanup 2010 with fat stainless hardware courtesy of the ASCA.
By Curtis Summers
From: Fort Worth Texas
Jan 30, 2014
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

I love, love, love this route !!! I was there 9/5/2013. About 10-15 feet off the ground is a loose, bowling ball size rock that is loose. Don't grab it. That's what the big X on it means...other than that, enjoy !
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