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Nose in a Day 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 105'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a [details]
FA: Brian Shelton & Stewart Green
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Submitted By: Anna Moore on Jun 25, 2006

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Gabby climbing the Nose in a Day. Photo by Steve.


The 1st two bolts are the same as Billy's Ghost Dance. Once you get past the second bolt, there's a lot of loose rock. It also breaks off pretty easily, so be super gentle on it. After the third bolt, there's a smooth section that goes to the face you have to climb up and over to get to the anchors. The place to stand at the top is really small. We had a tough time having two people up there and still being able to maneuver.


The route starts the same as Billy's Ghost Dance but instead of continuing straight after the first 2 bolts you head up to the right to the left of the small, pine tree.


This is 7 bolts to a 2 bolt anchor. The right anchor was loose, the bolt hanger spun a bit but was still secure, the bolt did not move out of the rock at all just moved around. Suggest you just keep a close eye on it.

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By D Argyle
From: Chipita Park, CO
Dec 21, 2014

Always disappointing to get to the top of a route and find that people have been top roping through the fixed gear. The Fixe rap rings that someone generously paid for and left on this route for public use are about 50% worn through. There are many reasons why this is unacceptable, but we can leave that discussion for the forums and reference the helpful link that Stewart has left in a comment under Billy's Ghost Dance. For now, let's just leave this note here as a warning that the anchors are currently in poor shape and are approaching a dangerous level of wear if top roping directly through the anchors continues.
By Jim Gloeckler
From: Denver, Colo.
Mar 17, 2010

High first bolt, but easy climbing to get to it. Overall a good route, but I think it felt more like 5.5 than 5.6. Just fun! Anchors seemed fine to me.
By Stewart M. Green
Apr 29, 2010

If you notice in the past few printings of the Red Rock Canyon climbing guide, I did drop the rating on Nose in a Day to 5.5.
By Matt Payne
From: Colorado Springs, CO
May 5, 2010

Very fun beginner route!
By Bill Olszewski
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Mar 24, 2011
rating: 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a

Fantastic route for the grade. A little of everything and love the roof to finish!
By Cody Cook
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jul 26, 2013

And a great route name to go with it. Thanks for everything, Billy. A true climbing legend.
By infiniteforests
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Sep 14, 2014
rating: 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a

This route is basically worth doing because of the last roof move. Pretty exposed for a route of this grade.
By Cody E
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Sep 14, 2014

Beginner climber here, I like this route a lot. Climbed it once on TR, my second time I got to clean it. It's fun, and the roof is a good, awkward challenge for a noob like me. Great views from atop. Practiced cleaning the TR anchor here today, the rings are pretty badly worn and have some gnarly wearing/grooves worn into them.
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