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Aborigine S 
Among the Stars S 
Aphrodite S 
Arapiles S 
ArnoldÂ’s Demise S 
Big E S 
Blow Tube Envy S 
Bound in Blood S 
Captain, The S 
Dreamtime S 
Esse Curve S 
Finnacle S 
First Mate S 
Gomers in Blue Shirts S 
Good Stuff, The S 
Happy Ending (formerly Top-Rope) T,TR 
Honeymoon Down Under S 
Just Happens S 
Mister MIA S 
Never Ever Slab, The TR 
Plunge, The S 
Red Venus S 
Route to the left of The Thin Line S 
Tempest Toast S 
Thin Line, The S 
Undulating Dingo S 
Virgin Bolters S 
Whale Rider S 


YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 115'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Mike Heinrichs, Brian Shelton
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Submitted By: Brian Collins on Jan 22, 2008

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Dave Cooper leading Finnacle.

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Straight edge climbing. For more information, support the park and buy the guidebook by Stewart Green.

FWIW, it is not entirely clear what the shaded section on the Red Rock Canyon Open Space guidebook topo for this route means. This route ascends from slightly right of middle of a very low angle slab jutting out from the cliff here.

The anchor bolts have been moved up, so you need a 70m rope or double ropes.


It lies just north of Whale Rider.


5 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor.

Photos of Finnacle Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Rope on the route.
BETA PHOTO: Rope on the route.
Rock Climbing Photo: Jerry leading Finnacle.
Jerry leading Finnacle.
Rock Climbing Photo: Matt fixing to rap Finnacle.
Matt fixing to rap Finnacle.
Rock Climbing Photo: Myong starting up Finnacle.
Myong starting up Finnacle.
Rock Climbing Photo: Steffen on Finnacle.
Steffen on Finnacle.
Rock Climbing Photo: Making the big reach....
Making the big reach....
Rock Climbing Photo: Gabby following Finnacle.
Gabby following Finnacle.

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By Ralph Kolva
From: Evergreen, CO
Mar 11, 2014

While doing The Captain, I noticed that Finnacle appears to be missing the hanger on the first bolt, the stud is still there. Another party mentioned that the anchors on HMS and Red Venus are missing as well.
By Paul Vervalin
Sep 8, 2014

WARNING!!!! I climbed this route yesterday, and it is no longer an 80' climb. The anchor bolts have been moved up an additional 30 feet, so a 70 meter rope is now required to complete this route. I had to bail when my partner called out the middle of the rope when I was still a good 15 feet below the top bolts. I have climbed this route several times in the past with a 60 meter rope. You can see where the previous top bolts have been cut.
By Cody E
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Feb 4, 2015

Solid anchors; don't remember seeing a missing bolt though.
By Arlo F Niederer
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Mar 27, 2015
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

All the bolts and hangers were present and in good shape.
By David Tennant
From: Denver, CO
Nov 13, 2015
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Had no problems do this with a 60m. The belayer can get pretty far up the low angled slab to make a 70m not needed.

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