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C11H17NO3 

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

   
Type:  Trad, 4 pitches, 550', Grade III
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b R [details]
FA: Bob Logerquist, John Willams
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Submitted By: Francis Baker (fran) on Mar 17, 2005

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BETA PHOTO: Routes on east face of Mescalito.

RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. MORE INFO >>>

Description 

This route follows an obvious corner/flake system up the east face of the mescalito. Start at two parallel cracks 75' south of a huge left facing corner.P1 Follow either crack over a low buldge,via good face holds, up into a chimney.Layback and stem up the chimney, using the crack in the right corner, to a ledge with bushes(optional belay).Hand traverse left into the corner and build a belay. 180' 5.7P2 Upward via flakes and the large right facing corner.Move right under the roof and up into the chimney/cave. Belay from the cave if your rope can make it.200' 5.6P3 From the cave go up the low angel right facing corner. Exit left after a white buldge,via cracks and plates, and up to the anchor on top of "Cat in the hat" 165' 5.6

Rappel Cat in the Hat with two ropes to decend.

Protection 

A standard rack plus a #4 and 4.5 would be helpful.


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By Francis Baker (fran)
From: Las Vegas,NV
Mar 19, 2005
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

When we did this route, we mistakenly followed the corner to its top. We continued up and to the left and slung a large bush. One long rappel, with two ropes, down a steep face to another bush. This rappel leads to a horn with slings and rings. From there, two ropes and a little down climbing put us just up gully from the start of "Cat in the Hat". The route was on good rock and protected well. I found some moves hard and scary for its original 5.5 rating.
By Jason D. Martin
Apr 26, 2005
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R

I climbed this route today and found it to be nothing less than an "adventure climb." It often ascends flaring chimneys and includes a couple of hard to protect traverses. It was definately a fun climb, but it was also significantly more difficult and dangerous than we expected.

It amazes me that the route was ever considered a 5.5 climb. I felt that if you stayed on route that it clocked in at about 5.8, and that if you got off route the rating climbed up to about 5.9.

There were definately tricky sections on dangerous rock. The route always had enough protection, but it was not always easy to identify. As a result, this route should not be considered by beginning level leaders.

This route is a great adventure for an experienced team. The feature you climb is definately aesthetic and the climbing is interesting. If you're looking for an adventure, there's one to be found here.

Jason

By Mark B
Mar 24, 2016
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R

There were at least two moves on the first pitch (i.e. pulling over the lower roof and the hand traverse near the top) that we felt were in the 5.8+ or possibly 5.9 range. On the P1 hand traverse (about 20'), we found essentially no sizeable foot holds; perhaps they have broken off thereby changing the difficulty of the route... On the second pitch, the step left out of the corner and onto the face (up and left from just above the detached flake) was ADVENTUROUS with uncertain pro! Further up, moving from the lower part of the "mid pitch chimney" right into the "shallow grove" you'll find a few "mid-sized" loose blocks and challenging pro (both contributing to what we felt were a few moves of 5.8+R or maybe even 5.9). Finally, we felt the right moving under cling / face traverse into the upper chimney of P2 was also in the realm of 5.8.

Enjoy!

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