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Behind Blue Eyes 

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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 40'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: [Bob Scarpelli]
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Submitted By: A concerned citizen on Sep 9, 2003

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The thin start to Behind Blue Eyes. Photo by Ben ...

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This is an unusual route for Vedauwoo. It has very thin liebacking with smears for the feet. Very insecure! The gear is adequete, but the route is a little spicy.


Nice route hidden on a large boulder south and east from Spectreman in a nice stand of aspen trees. The route faces northeast and is formed by a small, left-facing dihedral. There is one bolt about 20 feet up and a few places for thin gear. Two bolt anchor at top is easy to get to so you can set up a top rope.

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EJ Nogaski on top of Behind Blue Eyes.
BETA PHOTO: EJ Nogaski on top of Behind Blue Eyes.
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EJ Nogaski on Behind Blue Eyes ...
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By Old Fart aka Dave Bohn
Dec 26, 2003

You actually found it? I've tried several times to locate this route but was never able to find it.
By Jeff G.
From: Fort Collins
Aug 31, 2004
rating: 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

This route is pretty cool and well worth looking for. Unusual thin face and laybacking. A little difficult to protect, but very easy to toprope from bolts if you don't want to lead it.
By nolteboy
Jun 1, 2005

If you're at the Heap doing Spectreman, you should wander around 'til you've found this route. It's worth it.
By Bart Paull
From: Boulder, CO
May 31, 2008

The new guide is wrong about this route being about 200 yards from Spectreman. It is more like 500+ yards away. The easiest way to get there is to head more or less due east from Spectreman, straight downhill and into a grove of aspens. Follow this grove of aspens as the grove trends right (south), and you will meet up with a small path on the southern side of the grove. This path will lead you right to the base of the route. Another option would be to walk east from the first high point on the path to Spectreman, until you have past the aspen grove to your right (south). Once you are on the eastern side of the grove turn south and follow the edge of the grove. The formation will be obvious from here as it is a tall boulder with a very distinctive open corner. A totally awesome, atypical route for Vedauwoo.
By xxxxxxx
Jul 22, 2008

Any ideas as to the gear needed for a lead? My rack is a little lacking in the smallish sizes, so I was wondering what I might need for this climb in particular.
By Brian Adzima
From: San Francisco
Jun 6, 2010

Small gear did not seem as important as a spotter.
By Dennis Horning
Mar 23, 2013

GPS for Behind Blue Eyes reading taken just north of top of climb:

13 T 0468083

UTM 4560223

Elevation 8297

0.23 mile at 174 Degrees (southward) from about 60ft east of Specter Man where a 7 ft boulder is on east-west fence line.
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