The Great Cornholio
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This route isn't actually on the Anti-Phil proper but is a ways right (up canyon) and sits directly across the road and river from the Project Wall and the Eighth Day. The approach is probably best from the Anti-Phil, as there are quite a bit of nettles if you walk down from Ruckman.
Alternately, take your shoes off and cross the stream. The route ascends the curious buttress that forms the right wall of a huge open book. The route tackles the outer, right edge of this wall and faces down canyon. It climbs through a trio of stepped roofs separated by tan slabs and sports angle-iron hangers.
Climb broken rock to the first rooflet, then step over and climb a nice face to a bigger roof. Surmount this roof on good edges (or use the drilled pocket next to them?), then bust up the long, tan slab on insecure ground to the base of the monster roof capping the line.
Strange moves out a seam/crack lead to a lip encounter and the anchor.
This would be a pretty good route with some traffic and better bolt hangers.
12-14 draws and a 60-meter rope.
|Comments on The Great Cornholio
|By Joe Desimone|
Mar 26, 2004
This route was a project of mine during the latter part of the bolting frenzy in 1994-995 time frame. I set all anchors and cleaned all the holds to make travel safe and passable. I never red pointed the route in one push, but lead free all moves except the actual large roof crux. Never did figure a good sequence for it.Rumor has it a bizarre knee bar was the critical technique to secure the move. What ever the move, I was happy someone had finished the route and opened it up to the world to enjoy. Upon reading the write up about this route, I have to wonder if that was such a good thing, now in light of the manner this route was made to succumb to lesser bolting practices and climbing talent.The original intent was to make this a two pitch line, with anchors below the roof that would provide a fun, moderately rated pitch for the mortal climbers of the world, and the roof crux pitch for the godlike hardmen. I never got the opportunity to equip the route with the second anchors because of the newly enforced bolting ban at the time. I actually was caught by the sheriff with my gas drill a few times trying to get back and finish the job. Frustrating to say the least.Later a knee injury shut down my climbing ambitions and hence interest in finishing this route (along with Glass Onion, now called Lost and Found - 100' right of Cardinal Sin, and Ice Man Cometh). Now with a injured but recovering knee, and having reached burn out while climbing and driving to the canyon every weekend, left these projects in limbo.The original name for what is now The Cornholio was to be called Excalibur. Never once during my development of this route was any artificial hold created to make the route "go". No chipping, gluing, or drilling. It didn't need it! In fact the blocky roof sequence on the lower tan face where the offending drilled pocket is located, is one of the more interesting sequences encountered on any new route I had put up to date. Lot's of cool body english, balance, power pulling, and sheer hand strength were attributes needed to enjoy this cruxy sequence. I'm sorry to see all my hard effort in developing this route has gone to shit because of someone's lack of good climbing judgment, and inability to master techniques needed to successfully climb this series of moves. I hope someone will take the initiative and fill in the drilled pocket and restore the route to the original condition. Perhaps someday when I get the urge to return to Rifle Canyon, I'll do it myself, and while I'm there put in those anchors too!Happy Climbing.Joe Desimone - 2004