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Colossus 

YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: R. Hong, M. Fischer, Pampe, Miles, Lightner, 1988
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Submitted By: Guy H. on Jun 12, 2001

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Sunset climbing on "Colossus”, 5.10c, at City of R...

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This is the most popular line on the back side of Bath. Start just right of Private Idaho. The climb trends left through a low roof. The crux is pulling left through the large hueco at about 60ft.

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Sunset climbing on "Colossus”, 5.10c, at City of Rocks, ID in July 2006.  Photo by Bill Geist.
Sunset climbing on "Colossus”, 5.10c, at City of R...
Brian is at the upper crux, after pulling out of the massive hueco...
Brian is at the upper crux, after pulling out of t...
Fun climbing through the crux
Fun climbing through the crux
Colossus
Colossus
Crux pullin'
Crux pullin'
Pulling into the crux
Pulling into the crux
Just above the crux.
Just above the crux.
Colossus 5.10c
Colossus 5.10c
Christian just below the upper overhang. There is a nice spot to take a rest.
Christian just below the upper overhang. There is ...
Pulling the exposed and awesome crux move onto the face.
BETA PHOTO: Pulling the exposed and awesome crux move onto the...
At the crux on Colossus. A difficult series of moves up and right to surmount overhang.
At the crux on Colossus. A difficult series of mov...
Me getting my ass handed to me by Colossus, 5.10c. <br />Bath Wall, City of Rocks. ID.
Me getting my ass handed to me by Colossus, 5.10c....

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By ROC
From: Englewood, CO
Aug 18, 2004

Great climb!!! Definately one of the must do's for any City trip. The crux is exposed but short. Decent clip off the hueco. Clip that bolt and go for it!! 2 to 3 hard pulls puts you on the big ledge. The moves are well protected so don't even think of taking, just do it!!!
By Nathan Fisher
Sep 5, 2005
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

9 bolts on route to the anchors. This is THE face route of it's grade for me, so far at the city. Very exposed crux as you undercling that oh so hollow sounding flake. Then the next 4 or so moves don't let up. Very committing, and I mean VERY committing.
By John Bradford
From: Yellowstone National Park
Oct 8, 2005
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

One of the best at the City, a great pull over the roof, and an exciting finish. Every move is a lot of fun.
By Xover
Sep 11, 2006

Some ok-fun moves and exposed at the crux, but the greasiness has truly detracted from this climb over time. I personally wouldn't recommend it to anyone; there are alot better similar face climbs of equal grade in the City.
By Guy H.
From: Fort Collins CO
Sep 20, 2006

The holds under the first roof are getting very polished from the heavy traffic on this route.
By 426
Mar 21, 2007

Excellent stuff!
By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
May 1, 2007
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

Great route and honest at the grade, unless you are short. The crux is a reach that will probably get very hard (dynamic) below 5'7" in height.
Lots of chalk leads up and right away from the crux and into a large hueco off route, which is fine for a rest, but you can't get back on from there wthout climbing back down.
By susan peplow
From: Joshua Tree
Aug 14, 2007
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

Two previous trips to the City and all we did was drive past Bath Rock thinking it was shite. This year we head over one morning and jump on this route as our first route of the day. What Fun! The start is a bit sloper and gets you thinking you may have bitten off more than you can chew but are welcomed by a second bolt and bigger holds. The mid portion of the route is easy chicken heads that goes at about 5.8 then things start to get vertical again. Unlike what Tony said, I didn't find the hueco to be off route. I used the large hueco as a side pull for my right and moved my feet up allowing me to clip the next bolt. The business doesn't stop there....a few more moves including getting your feet on a sloping ledge before getting to the chain anchors.

Very fun - 9 bolts + chain anchors.

Susan
By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Aug 15, 2007
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

Standing in the hueco is going off route because you have to reverse it just to get back to where you were to continue. That seems like it's off of the line to me. But I never said you wouldn't grab a flake on the upper left edge of it with your right hand for a side-pull or under-cling, so I don't think we disagree.
By Ben2
From: Bend, OR
Aug 24, 2008
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

I found the crux very doable but a little reachy for persons at the extreme height of 5'4" or below. My beta: find some good "nothings" for your feet, trust them and go. Some fun, somewhat powerful moves on this route.
By jeffozozo
From: santa clara, utah
Sep 25, 2012
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

I'm surprised no-one has mentioned the "roll onto the ledge" mantel just after the hueco undercling/layback...

This is a very cool climb.
By Tyson W.
From: South Lake Tahoe, CA
Sep 24, 2013

I live for trad climbing and this still stood out to me as the best climb we did at the City. The features, the exposure, and the movement on this one are just too cool for school.
By Daniel Nelson
From: Jackson, WY
Oct 29, 2013

Very Do-able 10c - IMO 3 powerful 10c moves and the rest is cruiser. Tricky getting to the bolt under the crux, but then well protected fantastic finish. I'd Stick clip the first bolt unless very comfortable on polished slab.