Real Black Velvet
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Real Black Velvet, Dave Russell.
The start of the route begins to the right of "Ramp o' Stone" at the base of the obvious black, white and green water streak. Climb past 3 bolts to the "pod" and prepare for the crux through the bulge. Follow bolts up the white gator skin to a no hands rest. The last bolt protects the exciting mantel move onto the ramp/bolted anchors. Aesthetic line with great movement.
9 bolts + anchors/rap rings. All bolts placed on lead.
Dave Russell drilling on the first ascent.
Slade Bradbury on REAL BLACK VELVET, Jed Hemming i...
Kelly Hartman at the crux.
Andre Fiedler sticks it out.
Bearing down at the crux.
Caleb on Real Black Velvet.
This is an awesome looking line!
The stretch move, if you're short....
|Comments on Real Black Velvet
|By Ben Scott|
From: Fort Collins, CO
Feb 4, 2009
Really nice 5.11 route.
Photos do it no justice, striking line with crazy scales.
I wussied and grabbed draws at anchor, silly mantel.
Still dirty a bit in bottom half, needs more traffic.
Thanks for bolting this one, Mr. Russell!
|By phil wortmann|
From: Colorado Springs, Co.
Feb 22, 2009
Props for a sick line Mr. Russell. Loved every bit of it. This one has a little of everything, from flaring cracks, steep shit, and thin slab. Got the on-sight, but barely. It had me shaking.
|By Jason Haas|
From: Broomfield, CO
Dec 15, 2010
The nut on the bolt at the bulge was really loose last week. I tightened it as much as possible by hand, but it could probably use a little torque of a wrench even still. Didn't have one with me, sorry.
|By Glenn Schuler|
From: Monument, Co.
Aug 18, 2011
There are now 2 or 3 spinners on this thing. If anyone plans on doing this route, I would bring a wrench & tighten the bolts. They need it badly.
From: Denver, CO
Oct 3, 2011
Still a couple of spinners. Nice route but a little dirty in places, but doesn't distract from the fun climbing.