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This is a good route on the North side of Gateway rock. It ascends a wide crack that is also the start of Men At Work but continues up and left. The crack leads to a small pedestal where you can rest before starting the hard climbing. Traverse left across a series of potholes protected by drilled pins. After about 25', head straight up on thin face holds (crux) to a bolted anchor above. The pitch is 90'. Ric Geiman's book calls this route 10+, and it may have been when Ed Webster did the first ascent but it has become very slick at the crux and some of the holds have worn away making it very difficult for 5.10....
8 or 9 draws and some large cams for the start.
Greg Lomme on "Rainbow Bridge".
Climber: Sean Stellick.
5/8" x 6" glue-ins.
|Comments on Rainbow Bridge
Sep 24, 2003
One of my favorite routes in The Garden although slick. After the first pitch, I usually go right to a 60ft aid traverse. Then either straight up over a small overhang or right on some very loose rock to a 5.6 last pitch. A beautiful route to enjoy as the sun sets!
|By Matt Juth|
Apr 28, 2004
Agree. It is difficult for 5.10. The potholes are the neatest part of the route.
|By Dan Swann|
Sep 25, 2008
GREAT climb, crux crimp gets smaller and smaller ...I think .10d now.
Oct 31, 2012
One of the pins above the potholes fell out this past June. We climbed it in May, it was there. In July, it was gone. It is still leadable without it, but it would sure would be safer if the missing one were replaced - along with the half-out ringed piton that starts the potholes traverse.
Along with T-Ex and Anaconda, one of the best routes in the Garden.
|By Jordan Hirro|
From: Colorado Springs/Glenwood Spri
Nov 10, 2012
New favorite line in the Garden. Something about the pothole traverse to upside down lieback finishing with monos and crimps just get me. Hard to believe it's just a 10+... after discussing with other climbers, I think it's safe to say it's now in the 11a range. Undoubtedly though, an amazing route.
Nov 18, 2012
Rolofson calls it 5.11- (Hubbel & Rolofson, 1988, p 236.)