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YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
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Submitted By: ac on Jan 1, 2005

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Deb just past a vertical start.

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This is a cool, little trad (?) route at Catslab. It is worth doing, maybe, if you're bored of all those bolt routes. There are various starts to an obvious, clean, left-facing corner with occasional shrubbery ~60' left of Skimbleshanks. Beware of rubble on the ledge below last 10' step. It has pretty clean rock and bomber gear. More cleaning and it'd be a great beginner trad lead?


Standard rack to #2 Camalot.

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Dave higher up, before the ledge.
Dave higher up, before the ledge.
A good view of the route.
BETA PHOTO: A good view of the route.

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By Jason Kaplan
From: Glenwood ,Co
Oct 27, 2005

I may have got the FA for this one, I did it on aid about a year ago, it looked like it would be a good trad route especially for beginners. The shrubs were pretty bad and I had to clear a bit, but like mentioned before, if cleaned more, it could be a pretty nice route. I was solo at the time and topped out near the start of the 5.8 Skimbleshanks. Have fun. P.S. some bouldering and possible other routes can be found downhill and down river. Peace!
By ac
Oct 29, 2005
rating: 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a

I free soloed this ~5-6 yrs ago and saw chalk on it then. I agree that with a little more cleaning it would make a good beginner lead.
By Leo Paik
From: Westminster, Colorado
Oct 17, 2011
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13

This line continues up ~120' before it joins Skimbleshanks. The upper face is a bit harder, likely 5.8 PG-13/R before you gain the crack. At the horizontal, you traverse right, but test the holds there. Watch out for rope drag!

Oh yeah, that ledge at ~60' up, it apparently collects rocks at regular intervals, so be careful. We cleared probably 50-60 off it.
By First Track Jack
From: Evergreen, Colorado
Oct 3, 2014

Decided to check this out today…. Agree, that is is a great beginner trad route, easy gear, easy moves, a little vegetated, and loose rock on top ledges. Descent is to downclimb via Shimbleshanks ascent.