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Route to the left of The Thin Line 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 65'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: ?
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Submitted By: Bosier Parsons on May 17, 2010

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Clipping on Route to the Left.

Reopened after flood damage! MORE INFO >>>


This is the next route to the left (or south) of The Thin Line. It was not in my guidebook by Stewart Green, but it's a good quality route, similar to those found on this section of the wall (such as Virgin Bolters, Just Happens, The Plunge, and The Thin Line).

If anyone knows the name or FA party, please let me know and I'll update the description.


5 bolts. 2-bolt anchor.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Working the thin smears high on the route.
Working the thin smears high on the route.

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By Bill Olszewski
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Oct 30, 2010
rating: 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b

Great route! Very thin and balancy. Felt harder than any other .10a I've done at RRCOS (which is almost all of them) and sustained.
By infiniteforests
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jul 31, 2015
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

One of my favorite climbs on The Whale, definitely good stuff.
By Arlo F Niederer
From: Colorado Springs, CO
5 days ago
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

Agree with Bill that this is harder and more sustained than other 5.10a's at Red Rocks, so I gave it a harder grade.

The first bolt is about 20 feet up, but not too hard. However, a hold broke on me right before I could clip the bolt - almost took a guaranteed ankle breaker! I would suggest a stick clip.

Also, the rappel rings are quick links which lie flat against the rock, which makes the rope bind when trying to thread it. I had to pull it through one side at a time.

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