|Type:||Trad, Sport, 3 pitches, 200'|
|Consensus:||YDS: 5.11+ French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 24 British: E4 6a [details]|
|FA:||Bob D'Antonio and Ron Olsen, 8/12/07|
|Submitted By:||Orphaned on Sep 21, 2007|
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By Mark Ferguson
Sep 30, 2009
|Bob/Ron, The 11+ rating on this must be a mistake. Not in anyone's wildest dreams would this route be 11+. I think 11- is a stretch even by Boulder Canyon standards. It is a decent route, but 10+ is a more honest rating. Consider other 11+'s in the Boulder area: Englishman's Home, La Boomerang, The Contest (I could list many others). Compared to these routes, this one is a walk in the park.|
By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Sep 30, 2009
rating: 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
That's really odd. I'm used to downgrading their routes a few letter grades, but I found this one particularly perplexing and insecure. I hung on it. So, both in my wildest dreams, and in reality, I nodded to the 11+ grade on it.
For what it's worth, I onsighted Le Boomerang and The Contest without much trouble, and recently onsighted or flashed 5.12 on other climbs with established consensus grades, but this one gave me a fit, and my partner had trouble, too.
Perhaps you unlocked a sequence that they, nor I, could find. In which case, good on you. Got beta?
By Jay Eggleston
Aug 4, 2013
rating: 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
|I think this climb is a 5.11, not a 5.10+. I think it is about 11a in difficulty. It took me several tries to figure out the initial moves.|