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Apes in Estrus 

YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII British: E2 5b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10a/b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VI+ British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Tom Addison & Nathon Faulker
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Apes in Estrus is a short but fun climb up huecos on a steep, blunt arete.

The climb is a ways past the Virgin painting and the Mercy Wall on the left. Directly across from the Brown Sugar area find the huecoed arete that is just left of a short wall with two good warmups (Shady Lady and Ms. Cool). Scramble up onto a ledge/boulder to begin.


3 bolts + anchor.

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By Mike Anderson
From: Dayton, OH
Apr 17, 2006
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c

Great route, but I don't see how this thing could possibly be 10c. Consider that Tanks for the Huecos is called 10d...more like 5.8, and a great route for beginners or warming up.

By Derek Lawrence
From: Bailey
May 29, 2007
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b

Don't see how you can call this 5.8 if you stay on the arete. There were thin moves between big holds. I did Tanks right after this and would still call this solid 10.

By Slade
From: Gunnison
Jun 1, 2010

I agree with Derek. If you stay on the arete (proper) then it definitely is NOT a 5.8.... Not sure I would call it a 10c however. Let's find a common ground and call it a soft 10 in one section between the second and third bolt. (Again...this is if you stay on the arete.) Good little route though.

By Devin Fin
Jul 29, 2010

Let's say 5.9+?????

By Robb M.
Jun 3, 2011

Does anyone know anything about the route 50 feet right of this? I think it has around 4 or 5 bolts.

By Aaron D
From: Salida, CO
Jun 10, 2011
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a

Robb - not quite sure which route you are referring to, but immediately to the right of Apes and starting off a ledge are ms. cool and shady lady. Further to the right on that same formation and starting from the trail is a short route that works up a slab and over a little bulge that's probably 5.10+/5.11-. Hope that helps.