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Cold Front 

YDS: 5.12b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6b

Type:  Trad, 5 pitches, 480'
Original:  YDS: 5.12b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6b [details]
FA: FA: Unknown.
FFA: Joshua Janes & David Allfrey - Spring, 2013
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Josh Janes on May 1, 2013

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Cold Front is a great new line (2-3 stars) that tackles the natural weakness - the attractive corner system - that divides the Jet Stream Wall in half (with Jet Stream and Atmospheres to the left and Drifting to the right). There are two amazing 5.10+/5.11- corner pitches that are linked together by a short 5.12 pitch that can easily be aided yielding a fun outing at an easier grade, but if you're up for the challenge the boulder problem crux is excellent as well. The only detractors are a short, dirty pitch off the ground and a bit of hollow rock on one section up higher.

Begin off the large, flat polished rock terrace at the base of the center of the wall near a large pine tree.

P1: The "Flowers" Pitch. Climb up a lichen-covered slab to a short finger crack just right of the gully system beneath the central corner. From the finger crack, bushwhack leftwards across the top of the gully to a belay out left at a good stance. Bushy, but pleasingly fragrant. 5.8, 80'.

P2: Climb the corner. An awkward but fun start leads to exceptional climbing punctuated with great rests. Belay at a cramped stance below the steeper wall above. 5.10, 120'.

P3: The boulder problem crux, follow face holds up a steepening wall to a good rest beneath a roof. Move left to underclings, then pull up over the roof and step around the corner to the left and belay on a foot ledge (or link into the next pitch). The crux is V4 and this pitch is well-protected. 5.12b, 50'.

P4: Climb up a series of hollow flakes, eventually working left to a semi-hanging belay beneath the amazing corner. Extend the belay to a stance 10' below this anchor for maximum comfort. 5.9, 90'.

P5: This is the glory pitch - a magnificent black varnished corner providing several technical cruxes and thought-provoking but good gear. Climb through the first crux immediately above the belay, and continue up the corner. Higher there is a well-protected, tricky corner switch to the right, then some great, exposed moves up the arete separating the corners lead to yet another pretty corner. This is followed upwards past a final tricky section that employs a flake on the right face. Continue a little higher to a ledge system at the top of the wall. 5.11a, 140'.

Descent options: Top out and rappel Jet Stream with a single 70, traverse over to Drifting and rappel that with a single 70, or walk off via the Brownstone Wall descent. The easiest way might be to traverse straight left to the final anchor of Atmospheres, then make a short diagonal rap hard left to join up with the Jet Stream rap route.


Double set from 0.3 to #2 Camalots. Singles of smaller TCU's and a set of wires.

Photos of Cold Front Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Starting up pitch 2.
Starting up pitch 2.
Rock Climbing Photo: Matt following the crux P3.
Matt following the crux P3.
Rock Climbing Photo: a view of the second pitch, though I think we took...
BETA PHOTO: a view of the second pitch, though I think we took...
Rock Climbing Photo: Matt following P1.
Matt following P1.
Rock Climbing Photo: excellent rock for the final pitch
BETA PHOTO: excellent rock for the final pitch
Rock Climbing Photo: Matt following the varnished corner of P5.
Matt following the varnished corner of P5.

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By Rob Fielding
From: Las Vegas, NV
May 2, 2013

Sounds like a good line, lets see some pics!
By Andy Hansen
From: Longmont, Colorado
May 14, 2013
rating: 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b

Excellent looking line guys! Edit (9/27/15) I was able to climb this yesterday after wanting to get on it for a while. The rack beta is pretty accurate but for P2, save the #3 Camalot for higher up as well as a #2. The "boulder problem" crux is rather sustained and the jug rest after the first V4 moves is on a block I was hesitant to hang out on. The crux, in my opinion, is getting over the roof on slimps and bad feet.

P1: 120' 5.8
P2: 120' 5.10c
P3: 40' 5.12b
P4: 90' 5.9
P5: 140' 5.11b (Offset stoppers/brass are nice for this pitch.)

It may be possible to rap with an 80m rope? Or, easily with 2 60m ropes. The rap on the crux pitch has a bolt/leaver biner to facilitate the large pendulum required to reach the anchor.
By David Allfrey
From: Las Vegas, Nevada
May 28, 2013

This is a fun route, the pitches are really great.
Rock Climbing Photo: Cold Front
Cold Front
By Austin Boren
From: las vegas Nevada
Nov 1, 2014

Nice climb. Each pitch took a bit of thinking. Cool exposed crux. Small nut/rp's are nice for the last pitch. Thanks FA'ers.
By Amos Whiting
From: Basalt, Colorado
Sep 27, 2015

We climbed this route last fall and it is quite good. One member got a "Trash" but the leaders french freed the harder pitches. The approach up the decent of Rose Tower is interesting yet goes fairly quick. The base of the route is marked with a amazing slab of varnished stone we dubbed "the laser slab".

P1: Pretty bushy and a bit funky to get started. A few fun moves before the anchor.

P2: Beautiful 10+ hands to a awkward hanging belay.

p3: The boulder problem description is correct for this. It is some .11- to a short V4. Our leader climbed it at .10+ A0. With a stick clip one could easily aid through.

P4: A bit hollow but never that hard.

P5: The glory pitch our leader climbed it at .10+ c2. It is a bit far to the first bolt. One could have a long extension off the anchor and clip the anchor as the first piece.

We rappelled the route with 2 60m ropes in 4 raps.

The rack is good, we would add a extra #1 and #2 Camelots for the 2nd pitch. Extra tiny cams for the last pitch.
By harrison t
From: Black Hills, SD
Dec 12, 2015

Fun route. Thought the crux pitch was hard for V4 and any other 12b I've been on in RR, but I'm a shitty boulderer ;). Three #1s and 2s would definitely not go unused on P2.

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