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Skippin' Stones 

YDS: 5.11b/c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- British: E4 6a

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 65'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- British: E4 6a [details]
FA: Mark Tarrant, Richard Wright, 6/05
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Submitted By: Mark Tarrant on Jun 5, 2005

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Description 

Skippin' Stones starts just right of Quartz Sports on a nice face below a large-ish overhang. The whole route is easier than it looks. Follow 5 bolts up the face (5.9) to a good shake under the 45 degree roof. Get started under the roof and twist through the crux at bolt 7. Use some monstrous jugs to finish the overhang (.10) and hit the anchor.

This route features a high concentration of steel (more bolts than I usually place, especially through the roof...), so it feels super safe, but still quite fun. It should be a good warm-up for the harder routes on The Crystal Tower and will clean up nicely with traffic.


Protection 

9 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor, 65'.



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By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Jun 12, 2005
rating: 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c

I enjoyed this line and it is a nice addition to the wall, but I think 5.11- is a bit of a sandbag. The route is pumpy and the holds above are a bit blind. As well there is a crux pinch that is pretty tough for small hands. I think on-sighting this would be pretty unlikely for a 5.11a climber. I can generally flash 5.11- for a warm up and I was punted from this climb on my first try.

By Anonymous Coward
Jun 30, 2005

Awesome route, cool position. Thanks!

By ac
Aug 14, 2005
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a

Hey, we're in CCC, remember? Land of "Charmin-soft" grades, close bolts, etc. This rig is mad-burly for CCC 11a. Gawdamm excellent, brilliant line, however!! Awesome position, strangely "big" air for a 1-pitch sport route.

Thanks for establishing this absolute gem! You guys really know what you're doing, and we appreciate it.

By gregg purnell
From: Rifle, CO
Sep 11, 2005

This route rocks. Quality moves and good stone the whole way. 11a sound good? ..

By Anonymous Coward
Nov 16, 2005

Very cool moves and sustained climbing. This sandbag at 5.11- may go at 5.11c or hard 5.11b. However, you won't get hurt trying regardless of the grade. It's super well bolted in the crux roof. Also, there are two a more new routes around to the right that look like they were put in by the same group. What's up with these??

By Dougald MacDonald
Sep 11, 2006
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a

You WILL get hurt if you fall off the roof in the right (wrong) place. I managed to bash my right knee on the lip and burn the back of my left knee on the rope in the same fall.

By desbien
From: seattle,wa
May 29, 2007
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a

Pretty mellow until the roof. Shoot off the left hand pinch to a solid rail, match and bump up left. I didn't see the potential for an injurious fall. I saw the second set of anchors only after the fact. they may make the finish a bit less awkward. By the way someone got into serious trouble using the Tyrolean this weekend. Always clip both ropes or you will dangle in the water.

By Mark Tarrant
Jun 7, 2007

Dipping into the creek on the tyro is how this route got its name. I stopped the route short of the upper anchors because you need to use some fragile pillars to get there.

By Jason Kaplan
From: Glenwood ,Co
Nov 28, 2008
rating: 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 6a

This route was a lot of fun. I didn't get it clean though. I had to hang repeatedly through the crux but got to the top on my own power.

I found it harder then overflow on the River Wall (11b) which I onsighted. Maybe it's only 11b just more sustained? Overflow must be a one move wonder. I would say it's similar to Hot Dog on the Dog House, but I made it up Hot Dog a little cleaner only resting 2 times on that one. I'm not exactly qualified to say (plus I've been mostly aid climbing lately) but 11c seems about right to me (at least as far as the onsight attempt was concerned, now that I know the holds and sequences who knows, guess I will just have to go back and see).

By Geoff U
From: Highlands Ranch, CO
Feb 5, 2010
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a

Probably one of the best 11s in the canynon. Great fun and well bolted!

By eric larson
From: aurora, co
May 10, 2010
rating: 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 6a

This is now my favorite 11 in the canyon, replacing curvaceous. Though there are still many I have to tick off.

Very high quality route with solid movement over the roof. Super enjoyable. Make sure to look around when hanging off the HUGE jug up top and enjoy the exposure.
VERY well-bolted.

By Josh Jones
From: Denver, CO
Aug 26, 2010
rating: 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII E4 6a

A very good route. I struggled with the route's crux and finally sent it clean after the end of the second day. 5.9 climbing except the obvious, boulder-like crux on the roof. Now, it works as a good second warm-up.

By Curt MacNeill
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 18, 2012

Great route! Really good moves and good stone, and the crux is a burly little section for only being 5.11b/c. Do it! Perfect warmup for the harder stuff on Primo Wall as well....