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YDS: 5.11d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII British: E5 6a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11c/d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII British: E4 6a [details]
FA: Bob Robertson and Richard Aschert
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Submitted By: Jeff Lockyer on Aug 1, 2001
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This is a SUPERB route, if you are into the grade and are at the Contest Wall, do this route for sure. The crux comes early and there are great moves throughout this route. This route is located next to the excellent 'Suburbia', which is about at the middle of the Contest wall, located about 100' before the obvious pillar. This route starts with the crux, getting to and past the first bolt then is in your face again at the last bolt, finishing with a great mantle/heel hook for shorter people. This route is very well sustained and will be enjoyable for all. In my top 10 list for Shelf Road so far....


4-5 bolts - 2 bolt anchor.

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Nearing the top of this really good, hard .11.
Nearing the top of this really good, hard .11.
Shelf Road Top 10!
Shelf Road Top 10!
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By Michael Amato
Oct 18, 2004

A crimpy step left at the first bolt leads to moderate climbing until the going gets thin again after the third bolt. Make sure to save some steam for the tricky mantle just below the anchors! Excellent!

By Ross Keller
From: Parker, CO
Nov 8, 2004
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a

After the boulder problem start, the rest of the climb goes at 10+/11-. Placement of the 1st bolt is very poor relative to the holds (bolt should be well to the right of its current location).

By Brandon Schirm
From: colorado springs, co
Apr 7, 2008

I thought the crux was at the last bolt, at least for me. Skip the clip until your above the last bolt (felt easer than cliping before for me).

By Eckhard
From: Denver, CO
Nov 1, 2010
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a

5? bolts, I believe. 2 down low, big gap, then 3 more and anchor. Bottom seems like the crux, but continuous 5.11c after the second bolt, I thought.

By Glenn Schuler
From: Monument, Co.
Feb 21, 2013

"Excellent route for the grade". WTF does that even mean? If it was a different grade, it would not be as good? A good route is a good route, whatever the hell you think the grade is.

By Old and Busted
From: Centennial, CO
May 1, 2013

Ben- pretty sure Glenn was running about down there about the time you were toddling around in diapers. Metropolis was an early must-do, would not be surprised he's done it numerous times.

By Jean Spencer
From: Boulder, CO
May 1, 2013
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a

A tad soft. 11c.

By Mike Morin
From: On the Road
May 1, 2013

No kidding, right? Or perhaps he should go down to Thunder and get on a Glen Schuler route before making assinine comments on a public forum.

By Ben Hall
From: Boulder, Colorado
May 15, 2013

11+ OS. Shelf Road classic.

By Jordan Hirro
From: Colorado Springs/Glenwood Spri
Dec 16, 2013

Super fun line! The start (1st-2nd) bolt is definitely the first crux. The rest is mid-11 and stays pretty sustained the entire way. At the end, I tried a hook/mantle combo, and it didn't work out so well, so I worked the big jug out left until I could stand on it and then went back right to the anchors. Missed the OS and nearly nailed it the second time. I'll be back soon. Have fun!