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YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 95'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
FA: Richard Wright
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Submitted By: Barry Gereb on Jan 1, 2001

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  • Description 

    (95 feet) 9 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor. Begin at the far right of the Catslab below a large dirt-covered ledge. Have fun frictioning and hauling up this well-protected route with just a couple of points of 7. Scramble from the last bolt to a large belay ledge that is covered with loose pebbles. To descend, one can rappel with a single, standard rope angling right onto a brushy ledge. Down-climb easy terrain for 10 feet. Remember to tie stopper knots to prevent rapping off the ends.


    Bolts to a double bolt anchor.

    Photos of Grizabella Slideshow Add Photo
    Grizabella.  Well bolted, moderate climbing make this a good beginner sport lead.
    BETA PHOTO: Grizabella. Well bolted, moderate climbing make t...
    Sean (age 11) highsteppin' it on his first outdoor climb.
    Sean (age 11) highsteppin' it on his first outdoor...
    Henry Frick cruising through the crux.
    Henry Frick cruising through the crux.
    Placing a quickdraw during my second lead climb.  Pretty easy one, though.
    Placing a quickdraw during my second lead climb. ...
    Nickie Kelly enjoying the fun slab moves halfway up the pitch.
    Nickie Kelly enjoying the fun slab moves halfway u...
    The crux area.
    BETA PHOTO: The crux area.
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    By Sean Colaroso
    Aug 5, 2001

    I think the Grizabella is a good first sport climb or for a warmup. I would recommend a 60 meter rope if you beley from the bottom or the belayer can anchor in to the first hanger with a 50 meter rope.

    By pinchepaco
    From: castle rock, co
    Sep 21, 2004
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    Overbolted, but still fun. Easy sport lead for beginner.

    By Joe Dunlap
    Jan 18, 2009

    BRING A 70M ROPE OR A RESPONSIBLE BELAYER. I took about a 20 footer with a 60m and a belayer that wasn't paying close attention to the end of the rope. Broken bones and a near death experience.

    By Stephen Carlos Rydalch
    From: Golden, CO
    Jun 5, 2010
    rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

    I did this climb and lowered off the anchors with a 60 meter rope and had a few extra feet of slack on the ground. I agree with the guidebook that this route is 95 feet. A 60 meter rope is adequate.

    By Brad Gone
    Mar 16, 2014

    I counted 10 bolts + 2 bolt anchor..? Could just as easily be climbed with 9 + 2 though.
    I climbed it with a 70m rope, but I think a 60m would safely suffice if the belayer climbs up to the ledge near the first bolt.