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Venture Capital 

YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Vaino Kodas & Mary Zuvela, 2004
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Submitted By: Leo Paik on Apr 14, 2005

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BETA PHOTO: Downsizing and Venture Capital. Photo by Vaino Ko...

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There is a route (at least since '04) here left of Strohs Lite with black hangers that has not apparently been submitted as a route to the database. Thought it was Strohs Lite until I looked at the rock photo. It is fun & challenging for us overweight, middle-aged climbers with high weight-to-strength ratios.

It starts on the ledge above Lunchmoney's top anchors, probably 15 feet away, and has a 2 bolt anchor at its base. You can approach via Lunchmoney or Cheap Labor (then traverse righjt) or up the exposed, loose ledge past Stroh's & Strohs Lite.

Start up with 2 pockets and pop up to a ledge. Find a reachy start off the big ledge. Fire up a stretch of small holds & a more-strenuous-than-it-looks section to a long reach off slippery footholds to a thank-goodness hold. Finish in a small pod with a 2 bolt anchor with links/chains. Closely bolted, thanks. Rap.


7 QDs, something for anchors.

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By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Apr 28, 2005

Leo. Nope. Not one of mine. It looks pretty fun though! Is it in-line enough with Lunchmoney to do as one long pitch? I will check it out...

Also, last time I was there, I noticed a pair of bolts around the corner from Strohs. Looks like someone is working on a new one.

By the way, I stripped the hangers off of Strohs Lite, because I [didn't] think the route was that great.

By Ron Olsen
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 11, 2005

The name of this route is "Venture Capital", 11a, first ascent by Vaino Kodas and Mary Zuvela, 2004.

See vainokodas.com/climbing/corout...
By 303scott
Jun 17, 2011

Nice route. You can warm up on Lunch Money, bypass its anchors to the right, and then belay at the base of VC. With some long runners, it could probably be linked with Lunch Money.
By JonW
Jul 25, 2013
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

Fun route. Found this to be quite a bit easier than Stroh's.
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