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Razor Blade Titillation was one of the original routes on The Stumbling Block and represents one of the few contributions to Clear Creek by the consumate Brett Ruckman. Most climbers will recognize Brett for the huge, prolific effort he and his brother put in to climbing at American Fork and at Rifle. I have only rarely had the opportunity to watch Brett climb, but he is a wonderful and powerful climber, moving with the deliberate pent-up power of a great athlete. Razor Blade Titillation begins on the left flank of the main East and South facing wall. Some 5.10 climbing gains a small overhang and the first of two cruxes. Despite this route being retro-bolted in 1997, the move passing the overhang is still protected by a pin just above the overhang. Pop over the lip to gain a good, nearly no-hands stance. A couple of thin moves on bad hands and worse feet gains the second crux, 5.11d if you are Brett Ruckman, but closer to 5.12a if you are me. After the pop, a pair of clips and some more nice movement takes you to the anchor. Two stars for quality stone, continuity, and fun technical climbing.
QD only. This 70 ft route needs 7 - 8 draws and something for the double bolt anchor at the top.
Mike off Razor Blade Titillation.