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Big E 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a [details]
FA: Brian Shelton
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Submitted By: Brian Collins on Jan 22, 2008

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Not a great photo, but the rope on the left side l...

Reopened after flood damage! MORE INFO >>>


Follow indentation up to 3rd bolt, then angle right. Moves and bolts past this point may be hard to see.


This is located on the southern portion of the Whale.


4 bolts to 2-bolt anchor.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Under the start of Big E.
Under the start of Big E.
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By Heather Ditmore
From: Colorado Springs
Jun 3, 2013

On the third bolt, the hanger is super loose.
By infiniteforests
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Aug 28, 2014
rating: 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a

This route shares an anchor with the route next to it, Bond In Blood (5.8). This route seems like it would be beneficial and practical to add another bolt above the last one and adding an anchor at the top of the cliff. It is steep enough up there that no rope drag would be added, and that would make leading perhaps a bit more straightforward.

Moreover, the rappel rings at the anchor are very worn and look like many people have been top roping directly through the rings. I would keep an eye on them, but they're fine for now. For future climbers: please respect that someone has taken their time and effort to install these rappel rings for your use and safety. Please supplement the anchor with your own gear if you want to top rope this route.

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