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Tomb of Sorrows 

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

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Richard Rossiter, 2000
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Submitted By: Jake Wyatt on Jul 14, 2002
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BETA PHOTO: Tomb of Sorrows.
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Description 

Begin in the chimney right of the huge slab and the route Incline Club (aka Inclination). Climb the chimney onto a chockstone. You can clip a bolt on the right wall to protect the start. Step left and climb the right edge of the slab to anchors shared with Incline Club.

You can also climb directly up the arete; start just left of the chimney. A steep headwall (5.8) leads to the lower-angle slab above. This line meets up with the other start at the fourth bolt.


Protection 

6 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor. The route is 75' long.



Photos of Tomb of Sorrows Slideshow Add Photo
Routes on the Avalon slab.  Tomb of Sorrows starts on the arete or in the chimney to the right.  Incline Club and Disinclination start in a right-facing corner below the slab.
BETA PHOTO: Routes on the Avalon slab. Tomb of Sorrows starts...
Nickie Kelly enjoying the new start to Tomb of Sorrows.
Nickie Kelly enjoying the new start to Tomb of Sor...
Tomb of Sorrows.  You can clip the bolt on the right wall to protect the move onto the chockstone.  Crank left onto the slab and ramble to the top.
BETA PHOTO: Tomb of Sorrows. You can clip the bolt on the rig...
Very cool start to Tomb of Sorrows. Photo by ML McSorley.
Very cool start to Tomb of Sorrows. Photo by ML Mc...
Nickie Kelly cruising up Tomb of Sorrows on a beautiful summer day.
Nickie Kelly cruising up Tomb of Sorrows on a beau...
Here is Mico Alejandro, prior to his Tree-Dab, pinkpointing this megaclassic.
Here is Mico Alejandro, prior to his Tree-Dab, pin...
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By Ron Olsen
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 7, 2005

Richard Rossiter just added a new start to the route, up the arete left of the chimney. A steep 5.8 face move gains the slab, then it's a cruise up to the anchors. It's worth doing if the chimney is wet from recent rain. See Photo for details.

By percious
From: Bear Creek, CO
Jun 10, 2010
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b

I feel like the start is more like 5.7, and the slab above more like 5.4. The only thing that makes the start tough is that you can't really see your feet, but there are huge footholds through that section.

By Joe Brannan
From: Erie, CO
May 23, 2013

First bolt on arÍte start is missing its hanger as of 5-22-2013.

By Bruce Hildenbrand
May 30, 2013

Ron Olsen and I replaced the first bolt on the arete start. We wanted to use the original stud/bolt, but the threads were damaged and a new nut could not be put, safely, on the existing stud.

By Bruce Hildenbrand
Jun 4, 2013

As a bit of additional information, it appears that a lot of the bolts Richard Rossiter used up at Avalon are actually 10mm and not 3/8". These bolts use a 10x1 nut which is the reason why my 3/8" nuts wouldn't work on the hangerless bolt. Luckily, McGuckin's carries the 10x1 nuts in both SS and plated.