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YDS: 5.14a French: 8b+ Ewbanks: 32 UIAA: X+ ZA: 32 British: E8 7a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 35'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.14a French: 8b+ Ewbanks: 32 UIAA: X+ ZA: 32 British: E8 7a [details]
FA: Prep: Jason Baker, FFA: Mark Anderson, June 11, 2014
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Monomaniac on Jun 11, 2014

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Groping over the lip of Prowler.
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Prowler rides the blunt buttress of black schist that forms the left edge of the cresting wave of Twitch Rock. With athletic, gym-style slaps between large slopers, prolific shade, and a trivial approach, this line has the potential to become the most popular 5.14 in Clear Creek Canyon. The route lacks the fingery crimps or stopper cruxes of many of the canyon's other hard lines, making this a great choice for a first 5.14 project. While the rock quality is not ideal, the line boasts sneaky good position, movement, and continuity--Clear Creek Power Endurance at its finest.

Big jugs lead to a good ledge below the third bolt. The hardest single move is a long reach to an incut, 1-pad edge at the fourth bolt, but the redpoint crux is linking the ensuing string of 10-or-so consecutive slaps and hooking moves to turn the lip of the curling wave.


Prowler climbs the obvious prow right of Twitch.


6 bolts to a hidden 2-bolt anchor over the lip of the cliff (bring long draws for this to avoid shredding your rope).

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Prowler in profile.
Prowler in profile.
Twitch Rock from the road.  Prowler climbs the left edge of the obvious wave (following the right-most set of fixed draws), turning the lip at its steepest point.
Twitch Rock from the road. Prowler climbs the lef...
One of many slap moves on the ever-steeping prow.
One of many slap moves on the ever-steeping prow.
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By Monomaniac
From: Morrison, CO
Jun 11, 2014

Many thanks to Jason Baker for discovering and equipping this line. Thanks for graciously sharing it with me, it's destined to become a Clear Creek classic!

By mlloyd
From: denver
Jun 20, 2014

Nice job on this, Mark. I'm psyched about your additions to the canyon recently... we got them in the new guidebook. I went up and tried this yesterday, and I'm psyched... it's definitely my summer project. Thanks for getting this rig done! If you have a sec, I would love to pick your brain for some beta for when you climb left just after the bulge... could you PM me? Also... I have some projects that I have been trying if you're interested....

By Kegan Minock
From: colorado springs
Jun 26, 2014

It truly is a great climb to be a first 5.14 project. I tried it today with Matt, this (along with a few at New River) got me psyched to sport climb again.

By Train4life
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 5, 2014
rating: 5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a

Unbelievable climbing! Cannot imagine such a short line being so fun! Excellent slapping...this is definitely going to be my first 5.14 project! Amazing! Thanks for putting up the line! :)

By Kegan Minock
From: colorado springs
Jul 9, 2014

Just sent this morning, what a cool line! Matt said it was 2nd ascent?

By Train4life
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 23, 2014
rating: 5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a

Quick doesn't seem to add too much difficulty...but does Prowler finish up and left to the anchors of the 13+ project or does it continue straight up to the random quickdraw over the roof?

By Kevin Capps
From: Golden, CO
Jul 23, 2014

It goes straight up. It was originally bolted to go out left but was rebolted by the first ascentionist. Either way, you are past the crux, so it probably doesn't matter.