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The Thin Line 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Dennis Jackson and Steve Wood
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Submitted By: Mike Morin on Feb 17, 2010

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"The Thin Line."

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Move up through the low crux using small edges and pockets. The climbing eases a bit as you move through the 3rd and 4th bolts. On the way to the 5th bolt, climb up a sandy trough on low angle but slippery terrain. The finishing slab is low angle as well but also has its fair share of loose sand.


This is the second route south (left) of Just Happens.


5 bolts, 2 bolt anchor with rings.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Lee on the Thin Line.
Lee on the Thin Line.
Rock Climbing Photo: Lee, higher up on the Thin Line.
Lee, higher up on the Thin Line.

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By Bill Olszewski
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Oct 30, 2010
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Fun, fun climb all the way up! Pretty cool feature and great that there are holds to follow the line all the way.
By infiniteforests
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Aug 28, 2014
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

This would be 3 stars if it were a little more sustained. Worth checking out if you're in the area.
By Arlo F Niederer
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Nov 15, 2015
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Felt the crux is at the first bolt, but this for a few moves above the second bolt.

The anchors are to the right of the start of the climb, so a toprope will require clipping one of the lower bolts to avoid a pendulum.

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