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Fools Gold 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 55'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10a/b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
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Submitted By: 46and2 on Aug 14, 2006

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Josh going for it on Fools Gold

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


Really fun route with a crux right after clipping first bolt (somewhat difficult clip at second bolt). Seems like an aweful long ways to the third bolt but the climb is a tad bit easier going here. Move toward the huge hueco at the top and pull the really fun bulge to finish out; really fun route!!


This is the last route on the left wall (East FAcing) in the upper section of the Black Corridor, can't miss it!


5 Bolts will have you seeing the chains on top for your rappel.

Photos of Fools Gold Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Andy reaching for sun at the top of Fool's Gold.  ...
Andy reaching for sun at the top of Fool's Gold. ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up from the belay of Fool's Gold.
BETA PHOTO: Looking up from the belay of Fool's Gold.
Rock Climbing Photo: Me between the first and 2nd bolt on Fool's Gold 1...
Me between the first and 2nd bolt on Fool's Gold 1...
Rock Climbing Photo: Andrew leading Fools Gold
Andrew leading Fools Gold
Rock Climbing Photo: Starting up the flake to Fool's Gold 10b
Starting up the flake to Fool's Gold 10b
Rock Climbing Photo: Bob on Fools Gold
Bob on Fools Gold

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By Caleb Phillips
From: Boulder, CO
Jan 15, 2010

Assuming this route is the one I think it is, a bolt near the top (4th?) is missing a hanger and leads to a long scary run-out (although, on 9ish terrain).
By Ty Morrison-Heath
From: Bozeman, MT
Jun 10, 2011

Scary up top from what I remember. Seemed like far falls were going to be the norm if it came to that.
By Weston L
From: Summerlin, NV
Jun 13, 2013
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

Bolt in hueco still missing a hanger. If solid at the grade it's not a big deal, almost makes you feel like you're not sport climbing in the corridor for a minute. Wonderful route, a must-do.
By Daniel Nelson
From: Jackson, WY
May 26, 2014

Fantastic route. Ideal warm up. Felt it was well bolted. A reachy crux down low leads to easy, incredibly fun climbing through Huecos. Soft for grade.
By Chase D
Feb 4, 2016
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

I agree this route felt a bit soft for the grade but it's still one of my favorites in the Corridor.

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