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YDS: 5.12d French: 7c Ewbanks: 28 UIAA: IX ZA: 28 British: E6 6b

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 65'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12d French: 7c Ewbanks: 28 UIAA: IX ZA: 28 British: E6 6b [details]
FA: Skip Guerin, 1983
Fixed Hardware: 2 Belay Bolts [details]
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Submitted By: Hank Caylor on Nov 24, 2006

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Ted Lanzano at the crux of Superfly. Photo by Cody...

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Description 

Not really a one move wonder, buuuttttt. It has a burly set up with one fat reach at mid-height, then stays hard 11 all the way to the top. This a great route for the climber that's got that, "Been there, done that, 12d, kinda attitude". Definitely unique.

If that's not good enough for ya, Chad Greedy has added a VERY sweet direct start to Superfly, tentatively called "Supah Dupah Fly", that kicks the whole thing to 13b or so....

Location 

The more reasonable looking line just right of Iron Monkey. Begin up and right on top of some blocks (purple tiny TCU) and traverse in left on to powerful and overhanging terrain (great orange/yellow Aliens). Make an improbable reach for good crystal and move up and left into an obvious and steep layback system (freaky #3 Camalot) that gets you to the anchors.

Protection 

This was an early Eldo horrow show done classic Skip style, with Christian Griffith and Chip Ruckgaber for partners. Today's modern cams-Aliens/TCUs have made this a much more reasonably protected outing. It can still, just, keep its R rating though, I think.


Photos of Superfly Slideshow Add Photo
Brad Gobright entering the final corner.
Brad Gobright entering the final corner.
Brad Gobright making the big "toss".
Brad Gobright making the big "toss".
Gettin' super!
Gettin' super!
Rob on Superfly.
Rob on Superfly.
Joe Mills on his Flash of Superfly.
Joe Mills on his Flash of Superfly.
Josh, still in the business, on Superfly.
Josh, still in the business, on Superfly.
Brad Gobright getting his RP two days later!
Brad Gobright getting his RP two days later!
Rob cruxing on Superfly.
Rob cruxing on Superfly.
Josh sticking "the move" on Superfly.
Josh sticking "the move" on Superfly.
Skip leading Superfly, photo: Bob Horan Collection.
Skip leading Superfly, photo: Bob Horan Collection...
Steve plugs in his gear before the crux section.  Yes! Those are Aliens!
Steve plugs in his gear before the crux section. ...
Joe Mills on his Flash of Superfly! Yeah!
Joe Mills on his Flash of Superfly! Yeah!
Steve about to enter the "business" on Superfly.
Steve about to enter the "business" on S...
Joe Mills about to enter the business.
Joe Mills about to enter the business.
Brad Gobright commits to the burly crux.
Brad Gobright commits to the burly crux.
Superfly.
Superfly.

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By Taylor Roy
From: Boulder, Co
Nov 24, 2009

As a wimpy, bolt clipping, sport wanker, I found the gear on Superfly to be thin but very good and the pro was never more than 5 feet apart. The danger rating on this climb is very inflated. In my opinion, this route doesn't even deserve a PG 13 rating. So don't let the R rating keep you from trying this route. It's excellent, and very safe.
By Josh Janes
Jan 1, 2010

Pro is definitely more than 5 feet apart but generally pretty good where you need it. I think injury could only be the result of a freak accident on this route for a competent leader. Also, we would start left of the line and traverse in right - following obvious, chalked holds and good climbing before the biz - the way Skip is doing it in the photo.
By Hank Caylor
Administrator
From: Golden, CO
Jan 3, 2010

Shut up Josh, I nixed the R rating. If the SHALLOW #3 Camalot blows, tell me where to send the flowers.
By Scott Bennett
Jan 13, 2010
rating: 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b

Yeah, that #3 looks shady, fortunately there's a pretty good looking green Camalot a few inches below.
Agreed that it shouldn't get an R, but you'd better nail every placement or else things could get dangerous in a hurry.
-Scott
By Rob Kepley
From: Westminster,CO
Jan 13, 2010

Boy oh boy....
By Joseph Crotty
From: Broomfield, CO
Mar 18, 2010

By Ol' Toby
From: WA
Jul 20, 2013
rating: 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b

Excellent route with a unique and bouldery crux move. An old #3.5 Camalot protects the flared placement more securely than a #3.