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Balanced Rock 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a A1-

Type:  Trad, Aid, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a A1- [details]
FA: Cam Burns, John Middendorf, 1992
New Route: Yes
Season: All
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Submitted By: Camster (Rhymes with Hamster) on Mar 25, 2012
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John and I did the first ascent of this back in 1992. It started with a leap from the canyon to the base of the rock. We climbed the back side of the rock. At the time, I asked a ranger if it was off limits. She said no. Now, it might be.


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By Paul S
From: Fruita, CO
Mar 28, 2012

Thanks for posting this, I was wondering if this had ever been climbed. Unfortunately, this and Mushroom Rock are currently off limits to climbing for some reason.

By Camster (Rhymes with Hamster)
Mar 30, 2012

Paul, I know. I suspect that it likely was (off limits) back then and that ranger I asked didn't know either way. I suspect she would never have dreamed we'd go back up the road and climb it. Oh well, hindsight is 20-20, right?