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Whale Rider 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 110'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Stewart Green, Brian Shelton, Mike Heinrichs
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Submitted By: Brian Collins on Jan 22, 2008

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This line has excellent slab climbing. Start with careful smearing straight up past three bolts to small ledge. After the ledge, the moves through 4th bolt provide more handholds.


This is the first route north of Tempest Toast. There is a nice large tree at base to mark start of route - can also serve as belay anchor if needed.


4 bolts to 2-bolt anchor.

Per Paul Vervalin: the anchor bolts have been moved up. It is now ~110'.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Gabby climbing Whale Rider.
Gabby climbing Whale Rider.
Rock Climbing Photo: Rope on the route.
BETA PHOTO: Rope on the route.
Rock Climbing Photo: Becka on her first outdoor climb.
Becka on her first outdoor climb.

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By Paul Vervalin
Oct 19, 2014

WARNING!!! The anchor bolts have been moved up on this route. It is no longer an 80' route. Probably closer to 105' - 110'. A 60m rope will leave you 5-10 feet short of the bottom depending on rope stretch. Not a bad down climb but it would suck to fall that last 5 feet or so if you rapped off the end of your rope.
By Cody E
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Feb 4, 2015
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

This was my third of fourth lead climb. A very fun and nice beginner lead climb. Great stances around the bolts. Both bolts/rap rings at the top are solid with no wear.
By David Tennant
From: Denver, CO
Nov 13, 2015
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Due to the low angle of the slab at first, a 60m rope will reach the anchors. Just knot your ends.

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