Ric Leitner finishing the scary balance up to bolt...
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Start on the right face of a slab with a fun roof about 15 feet off the ground. Work up towards the right corner, up and over onto the ledge. Stay on the face, and work the crimp moves (crux). Move straight up; you're finished when you can reach into the large crack on the right side.
Note, over the years, this route has become quite polished in places, but the polish factor is reduced during cooler months of the year.
4 (now 6) bolts to a 2 chain anchor.
Originally, this route was led with gear and 1 bolt. Then, another bolt was added, then 2 more. Recently, 2 more bolts were added.
Photos of Old Roof Route aka Lemons, Limes, and Tangerines Slideshow
Nothing much to say except that this is a fun climb with a nice little roof near the bottom and some fun face climbing at the top. Good combo. The first clip isn't as runout as it looks. It's high but easy to get to. I think the 5.8+ grade is about right by NTM standards.
By Michael J Yarros From: Colorado Springs, CO Oct 6, 2004 rating: 5.8+5b16VI-15HVS 4c
This is a nice route.
By Ryan Bibler From: MT May 1, 2006 rating: 5.9-5c17VI16HVS 4c
I think 5.8 is a little stiff, I've run into trouble just above the roof move.
By Ian Welch From: Denver, CO Oct 5, 2006 rating: 5.8+5b16VI-15HVS 4c PG13
The holds on this route where really gunked up and slippery. I'm sure it's from all the traffic this route sees. Head over to Windy days or Deck Chairs for some better routes.
I think Lemons, Limes, and Tangerines is much easier if you're taller and/or have a long reach. I climbed this on top-rope. Compared to my wife (5'6" but often smoother than me on the rock), I (6'2") had a much easier time reaching up and pulling through the meager sections. If you're tall, this may feel a bit easier than the 5.8+ suggested. I write this for beginners like myself --- this is a fun route and well worth your attention; nice, varied moves. (Of course I can't speak to leading it... I haven't [can't yet]).
Mid way up on this route the holds are like soap dishes in the shower. Insane how slick it was, I could see this being a good route but until myself or someone else gets a brush and gets that chalk off the holds I would only give this route one star. There was so much chalk my shoes were slipping off holds.
"You're finished when you can reach into the large crack on the right side"
Ss this the general consensus on the route? The very top (to the bolts) isn't part of this one as a 5.8+?
By Ken Trout From: Golden, CO Jan 5, 2008 rating: 5.8+5b16VI-15HVS 4c
I had this incorrectly named as "Old Unnamed Roof Route" in the Old R&I topo. FIRST ASCENT, 1990: ED ASH, CHARLIE, AND JULIE. I'll get Julie's last name in ASAP. Charlie, are you out there?
Lemons, Limes, and Tangerines was originally done on natural gear. Ed, Julie, and Charlie also put up Brain Cloud, another one of Table's better routes.
To me, the moves are not much easier than Hair City or West Buttress and I love slippery! For those not familiar, both Eldo routes were rated 5.8 in High Over Boulder and are now rated solid 5.9. Leading Lemons, Limes, and Tangerines in the style of the first ascent feels a lot harder than 5.8 too!
This was the first route I ever climbed on rock. October 2006 I did it on TR. This past week, 10/15/08 I came back to try it again on lead. It was my sixth route of the day and I couldn't get past the face moves beyond the roof. The route is slicker than snot on ice and I took my first leaders fall right before the last bolt. I'm glad to know this is an .8+/.9- route. I felt kinda lame falling on it but I'd climbed an .8, .7+ and a .10a just before this. Oh well, next time I'll try and lead it first!
I am not sure about the above mentioned possibility of a PG13 rating. Did this climb today, and if my memory serves, there were bolts about every four feet and the first clip was not hard. I thought it was one of the more overprotected routes I've done. Pretty stiff for an 8, but too soft for a 9.
By mikejohnson1 From: Essex Junction, VT Feb 8, 2009 rating: 5.85b16VI-15HVS 4c
Excellent route for the grade. Thought it was stout for 5.8.
Bolt 3 is spinning pretty heavily. Until someone tightens it, I'd be cautious of placing too much weight on it. Other than that great route! Lots of fun and variety.
By Ben Cassedy From: Denver, CO May 4, 2010 rating: 5.8+5b16VI-15HVS 4c
Fun little route. Greasy though.
By Gilamouse From: Barrre, VT Aug 23, 2010 rating: 5.8+5b16VI-15HVS 4c
5.8+ only because of how freaking slimy this thing is....
By William Thiry From: Lakewood, CO Sep 23, 2013 rating: 5.9-5c17VI16HVS 4c
This may have been 5.8 when the holds weren't greasy. Good climb, but it's closer to 5.9 now.
By Andrew Locke From: Louisville, CO Jun 3, 2014 rating: 5.95c17VI17HVS 5a
I'm sure this route was great when it wasn't so greasy. The moves are interesting, and the roof is fun. That said, having done several 10s in Boulder Cnyon, this thing feels much harder than 5.8, and the greasy holds made it a less than stellar climb.