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Annette seconding Splash.
Once the farthest right line at the Riviera...now this is probably 4th or 5th route from the right. Identify a high bolt that works up and right over some blocky stuff, then up a slab with horizontal cracks, then finishes up a small headwall onto some choss at the top. High quality granite and nice, easy gear placements make this one safe and well bolted in my opinion.
Eds. Actually, there is another natural line to the left of this route...and now even bolted lines, too.
Five widely spaced bolts to a good anchor that could easily be reached for toproping. A few small cams and midsize nuts will protect the runouts here. Good lead for the 5.7 or so leader who is just starting to place gear.
Eds. There are now 2 Metolius rap hangers each with 2 links for the anchors.
Kiran on his first roped climb! Age 4.
Chris making a Splash.
Chris high on lead.
|By Jeff Lockyer|
From: Canmore, AB
Nov 15, 2001
I only counted 4 bolts, but there are many places for gear in between the bolts. A decent line for a new leader as the bolts are easily supplemented with gear (#0.75 Camalot and smaller). Anchor at top does not have any rap rings placed on it so watch your rope on this one, or just walk off to the right and walk the 50' to the ground.
Feb 5, 2002
There's definitely 5 bolts on the route, all right where you'd want them. This route is a fun romp up a slab, with beautiful moves. I'd give it two or three stars, personally, but then I just love runout granite slab routes. It was a hoot!
|By Roy Stedman|
Jul 3, 2003
I put in one pink tricam more or less for the heck of it. Otherwise the bolts (yes, 5), were plenty.
|By Gary Schmidt|
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 13, 2003
A fun beginner practice lead with some variety to make you think. You can either run it out a bit between bolts or have fun practicing placing pro inbetween,which is probably a good idea anyways in a couple of spots. Nice play to go if short on time as approach is easy as well.
|By Chris Meloche|
Nov 20, 2003
This is a nice little route. A great warmup for other climbs at the Riv. I gave it a 5.7, but it's just barely so. It could just as easily get a 5.6. There is a nice variety of moves, and they are all very well protected. I agree with the concensus that a few pieces of gear are helpful if you're not too confident.
|By Anonymous Coward|
May 17, 2005
WARNING: The Anchors at the top Spin!! Somebody should check them out, as I'm not an expert...
I already posted this comment on the Chouette (5.6) route, but since these routes share the same anchor, I thought I would post it here too, just in case.
The route itself is really nice for beginners (like myself). If you can do Chouette, you can do this one too. It's not as run out as Chouette, but you can place pro if you feel the need.
|By Scott Edlin|
From: boulder, co
May 9, 2006
There are enough gear placements that this could probably be led more safely on all gear than on all bolts with no gear. Next time I'm up there I'll try it and see.
From: Goretex-Vortex, CO
Jun 9, 2007
Yeah, the hangers do spin, but the bolts seem to be solid enough.
|By J. Fox|
From: Black Hawk, CO
Nov 5, 2007
I too only found 4 bolts...hmmm?
Oct 30, 2010
Just went there today, and there are two new bolted routes to the right of Splash. I was there a month ago, and they were not there. So, no longer is Splash the furthermost route to the right. The starts are a little tricky, especially if you stay to the right of the bolt on the route to the right of Splash. If I were to guess, I would say a few 5.9 moves then gets easier on the way up.
Jun 25, 2011
Anchors still seem sketchy/loose/weathered to me. Tons of traffic on this route.
|By Joshua Steenburgh|
From: Longmont, Colorado
May 6, 2012
Any word on the anchor situation lately?
|By Greg Hand|
From: Golden, CO
May 30, 2012
I checked the anchor today. The bolts cannot be tightened, because they are Rawls and will not tighten. They looked good other than the hangers being loose. I added a 3rd bolt to give everyone warm fuzzy feelings. Especially since these are popular beginner routes.
|By John Tex|
From: Boulder CO
Mar 19, 2013
3rd route from the right now, the second being Infestation (5.9) and Monte Carlo (5.6). Three bolts at the anchors as Greg said that I can confirm worked very well and can be used for a toprope safely.
5 bolts on the way to the anchors with a bit of a runout between the second and the third. Done without a rack pretty safely for a confident climber as the climbing between the runout is easy, much like Chouette to the left.