Beginning Feb. 1st each year, a seasonal wildlife closure will be in effect on Redgarden Wall in Eldorado Canyon State Park to protect nesting and roosting sites of the canyon’s falcons. The closure is in effect through July 31st unless lifted early due to early fledging or inactivity.
The closure includes the following climbing routes: The Naked Edge (last 3 pitches only), The Diving Board, Centaur, Redguard (last 3 pitches only), Red Ant, Semi-Wild, Anthill Direct (last 3 pitches only), and The Sidetrack.
This route begins at the end of the first pitch of the Direct Start to Super Slab in an incipient crack above a 2' to 4' high piece of deadwood. The crack ends about 20 or 25 feet up. The route goes straight up from the top of the crack and to the Lower Ramp on very small holds. The rock is clean and solid. The rating is based on what I was generally capable of at the time, but may be erroneous (harder).
Start about 20 or 25 feet right of the second pitch of the Direct Start to Super Slab. The deadwood may no longer be there, but the crack is the only feature between the old aid line (erroneously attributed to me and Chris Revely) and the sharp arete to the right.
There is one tiny brass placement in the crack. Otherwise there is no protection. I would advise you to take this pitch *very* seriously. It deserves its X rating! On the first ascent in 1973, a 165' rope caused the second to have to climb up a way in order to set a dubious belay. Take a 60 meter rope!
Hiked up to the area today and saw unequivocally that the route Chris and I did was virtually the same as Super Arete. Not claiming FA here, couldn't care less, but that's where we climbed in 1973 sans bolts. This route should probably be removed as a separate climb. Cheers!