Login with Facebook
Redgarden - Lumpe to the top
Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Abracadabra TR 
Burning Chrome T 
Cinders And Saints T 
Color of Pomegranates, The T 
Controlled Burn  T 
Darkness 'til Dawn T 
Direct Variation to Zot Face T 
Disappearing Act (aka Kryptonite) T 
Doris Gets Her Oats T 
Dream Weaver T 
Everybody Route, The T 
Fanning the Flame T 
For Whom the Bell Tolls T 
Grand Course, The T 
Grandmother's Challenge T 
Great Zot Variation A., The T 
Great Zot, The T 
Green Hornet, The T,S 
Green Slab Direct T 
Green Slab-Original Route T 
Green Sleeves T 
Green Spur, The T 
Heddie La Rue T 
Hot Links T 
Hot Spur, The T 
Lost in Space T 
Maverick T 
Miller- Light Deviation, The T 
Northumberland Crack T 
Paris Girl S 
Piece of the Sun  T 
Please Close Lid T 
Rabbits From Hats T 
Razors to Rubble T 
Rebuffat's Arete T 
Rewritten T 
Roof Wall, The T 
Silver Raven T 
Spur of the Moment T 
Sunstar T 
Swanson Arete T 
Tower Corner Exit T 
Unknown left of Darkness 'til Dawn T 
Waiting Room T 
Warm and Fuzzy T 
West Chimney T 
Zot Face, The T 

Paris Girl 

YDS: 5.13a French: 7c+ Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: IX+ ZA: 29 British: E6 6c R

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.13a French: 7c+ Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: IX+ ZA: 29 British: E6 6c [details]
FA: Christian Griffith 80s
Fixed Hardware: 5 Lead Bolts [details]
Season: Crisp temps
Page Views: 3,093
Submitted By: slevin on Jan 1, 2001

You & This Route  |  Other Opinions (3)
Your todo list:
Your stars:
Your rating: -none- [change]
Your ticklist: [add new tick]
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]

  • Subject to Seasonal Raptor Closures MORE INFO >>>
  • Climbing reopened after flood MORE INFO >>>

  • Description 

    Paris Girl defines the early 1980s approach to bolting in Eldo: enough to keep you from decking, and no more (although if you blow a clip on this one...). It is an excellent and difficult face climb with significant whipper potential. The scene of much controversy after it was put up (it was the first Eldo climb protected exclusively by rap-placed bolts), the recent vandalism of several hangers (all now replaced) suggests it is still a flashpoint in the tedious Boulder "bolt wars".

    PG takes the obvious bolted line on the steep and blank wall right of Disappearing Act, just beyond Darkness 'til Dawn. Take a deep breath, then punch it on unprotected and difficult climbing to the first bolt (dangerous). The crux starts here: a series of crimpy moves up and right past the 2nd bolt to a long reach with whipper potential. The holds are crispy, and some rock deterioration has occurred, making the climbing closer to 5.13a then 5.12d...for example, PG is harder than The Sacred and the Profane on Peanuts, rated 12d/13a in the current Eldo guide. After the crux the climbing eases slightly, passing a bulging 5.12 section, then the micro-edge slab above (5.12a at the start) to a big runout on 5.11a climbing and the anchors.

    A workable strategy here is to warmup on Disappearing Act, then set a TR (two ropes) to work the route before the redpoint attempt. Extra points for those brave enough to jump on it with no rehearsal. A good edging shoe is helpful. Cool, crisp temperatures also help; excessive amounts of coffee prior to your redpoint attempt won't.

    2 ropes to rappel!


    QDs only.

    Comments on Paris Girl Add Comment
    Show which comments
    By Michael Komarnitsky
    Founding Father
    From: Seattle, WA
    Jul 16, 2001

    Background: In May of 2001, a flyer popped up at Neptune's saying ...._500 reward from ACE (Action Committee for Eldorado) "to anyone who provide evidence that leads to the arrest or conviction of the person or persons who vandalized and sabotaged the bolts on Paris Girls."

    I don't know if they ever caught the idiot who did this.
    By Peter Beal
    From: Boulder Colorado
    Jul 24, 2001

    I'd just like to add that Steve Levin, although I've never met him, has certainly the most impressive list of contributions to the site. Any climber who completes even a fraction of these routes really has his or her act together.
    By Jeff Achey
    Feb 4, 2002

    For the record, it is Paris Girl, not "Girls," named after a specific 13-year-old Lolita-ish Parisian in rollerskates photographed by Charlie Fowler beneath the Eiffel Tower. The photo was later shown to the impressionable and imaginative first ascenscionist, who was hopelessly smitten.
    By Brian McMahon
    Feb 12, 2005

    Say - have any of you read Jim Beyer's rant in Alpinist 8 about Paris Girl? He claims that it was chipped. Anybody know of the truth or lie behind that?
    By KCP
    From: Eldorado Springs, CO
    Nov 6, 2013

    Does anyone have links to video and/or photo-beta for the crux section of PG? The only sequence that we found yesterday seemed pretty hard for 13a.
    Beyond the Guidebook:
    The Definitive Climbing Resource
    Inspiration & Motivation
    to Fuel Your Run
    Next Generation Mountain
    Bike Trail Maps
    Backcountry, Sidecountry
    and Secret Stashes
    Better Data. Better Tools.
    Better Hikes!