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This is as good as sport climbing gets in the Telluride area. Starting already one pitch off the deck, cast off from a ledge halfway up a beautiful, unyielding wall. Goldrush can be characterized as pure endurance climbing. From overhanging jug hauling low on the route, the grips get smaller, and the climb lessens in angle. A long crux of sidepulling and gastoning at the top is tiring, and the final moves to the anchor are quite testing to those who lack impeccable technique.
Note: Sometimes you'll find a fixed rope in the way, wieghted by a rock. Move it aside (easy to do) and leave it alone. These ropes serve as protection to those who rope solo in this area for a workout. When you're done, make sure you leave the ropes as they were.
Goldrush is located in the "Jungle Gym" on the East Buttress. To gain the start, you must climb either one of two approach pitches, at 5.10: Block Party
or Yellow Latex Blues.
Sep 20, 2016
I pulled some pretty big rocks out of the first big ledge/rest. Was able to re-do the moves to the ledge (coming from both left, and right), without really changing the grade/difficulty, but there are still some loose blocks ready to come out. Definitely an issue for the belayer directly below, so heads up early on.
Hasn't seen much traffic...get on this thing! Viciously good, hard, and thin moves for the last 30 feet.