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Supersonic 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

   
Type:  Sport
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9- French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 16 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: unknown
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Submitted By: Julian Smith on May 11, 2002

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Ryan Busch at Pitch 1 belay. Start ledge can be se...

Description 

Supersonic shares the same start as the Hanging Gardens from the ledge with the big tree on it. Hanging Gardens starts straight up. Look for a line of bolts more to the left. Climb the line of bolts to the left of the arete going up to a slab for the finish. Both climbs use the same anchors for the top. Either climb Supersonic as one 200 foot pitch or split it up into two pitches. There is one closed shut that could be used as a belay a little ways up the route.

The first part of the climb is a little run-out. Overall it is of better quality, though than Hanging Gardens, which is looser at the top. It gets one star because of the funky beginning.

Protection 

You may want to supplement quickdraws with a selection of small to medium stoppers.


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Ryan Busch approaching Pitch 2 belay. (Photo: Cody Cook)
Ryan Busch approaching Pitch 2 belay. (Photo: Cody...

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By Julian Smith
From: Colorado Springs, CO
May 12, 2002

If you climb this route with one rope, rappel Hanging Garden in two one hundred foot rappels.
By Stewart M. Green
Dec 4, 2002

I did the first ascent of this route in fall of 1999 with Martha Morris. I usually do it in 2 pitches, and I agree, the first pitch is not the best climbing...more like funky mountaineering moves. But pitch 2 is stellar climbing with great granite and fun movements. The rest of the beta is good. I usually rap with 2 ropes to the ground although a 200-foot cord will get you to the anchor atop pitch 1.
By Rich F.
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jun 12, 2011
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

The worst part of both climbs is the steep, loose approach. Once you're at the start, both climbs are enjoyable. Bolts and anchors all look good. These climbs don't see much traffic, so watch for loose rocks. Thanks for putting up the routes, Stewart!