Profits of Rage
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Once a nice 5.12 route, Profits of Rage, has become a hybrid route of questionable status. Sometime in the mid-90s, after a big nighttime rainstorm, the top 2/3 rds of the route fell down the hill, smashed a hole in the cliff above the road, nuked part of the road and fell all the way to the canyon floor.
The route now starts at the base of the original route. Clip the first few bolts still in place and cast off on a circuitous path to the canyon bottom passing the large tofu block on the hill side. The crux is finding all the bolts on the way to the chains which are on the other side of the river, that is where the waders come into play. This route is atypical in that it is the destination that is enjoyable, not the journey itself. Once on the canyon floor, you gain an interpreting perspective on the Shelf Road Recreation area, which has a lot more to offer beyond just climbing.
10 or 11 QDs (optional), a good stiff pair of hiking boots, waders (depending on the time of year) and a very, very long rope.
By Walt Wehner
Dec 7, 2001
You still living in the Springs? Is Lee Brinckerhoff still down there too? If you see him, have him drop me a line, eh? email@example.com
By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Dec 7, 2001
Wow, once a 5.12 route, now 5.1?? Let me at it!!