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Photo by Tracy.
An exceptional route that will demand strength, technique, and innovation. This is a Shelf Road top 10 (IMHO).
To find this route, hike up to the Free Form Wall in the Sand Gulch canyon. Towards the far left end of this wall is a yawning chimney with red home made hangers. This bolted chimney is "Barney (5.9)". to the left of this is "Freeform". It is noticeable by the steep, somewhat left-leaning arete-like prow at the top.
Chalk up, load yer guns, and keep the children off the street.
Cruise upwards past the first 4 bolts on fun face moves. Be sure to save most of your ammo for the top. Milk the rest at the beginning of the business (if you need to). Fire up through the last 4 bolts on crimps and little pockets. It is a wee bit steep through here, so do whatever you can to help your arms out. This part begs for technical footwork and body position. Good luck!
8 bolts and anchors.
From Bill Ballace, towards the left of Free Form Wall, this is the proudest line on the wall. It ascends the obvious and gently overhanging, rounded prow up top.
Katy S starting up Freeform in evening light.
Katy S cruiswing the top on the send.
Heading into the crux of Freeform.
Cliff on Freeform.
In all its glory.
|By Mark Eller|
Nov 6, 2001
Best .12a at Shelf! Reachy, thin and nasty on the initial slab, but outstanding moves follow: powerful and technical pockets and an in-your-face crux when you pull the final bulge.
|By Mike Sofranko|
Nov 27, 2001
Awesome route! I got denied both times I tried it, but it's still one of my favorite examples of the genre anywhere. Do this route!
|By Andrew Iltis|
From: Denver, CO
Jun 12, 2007
This fantastic route is broken into two sections: a tricky slab, and a rounded overhanging prow, separated by a monster rest. Great onsight potential if you can sequence the upper pocket section just right on your first go. Hint: If you give up the onsite, you can take a look at the upper sequence from the line to the right of Free Form called Barney (pumpy 5.9).
|By Noah G|
From: Alma, Co
Sep 28, 2009
Classic and a benchmark for the grade. Ever-increasing difficulty to the top and sequency at the bulge.
|By Jay Samuelson|
From: Denver CO
Nov 1, 2009
I agree with others, this is an awesome route. A tricky slab down low, with a powerful slightly overhanging face topping out over a bulge to finish. Power, balance, sequence and technique are all needed for this route. Definitely the best .12 I've been on at Shelf, although I haven't sampled many.