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Hold The Line is a fun new sport route on the Bihedral, about 30' left of Rhodian Shores. It features the same high-quality stone but is a grade easier. Varied climbing that makes you think.
Angle left up a ramp to the first bolt. Climb up past 5 bolts, mostly 5.7-5.8 with a spot of 5.9. Clip the 6th bolt and work up into a V-corner (crux). An optional red Alien/purple Camalot can be placed after the 6th bolt. Climb past a wedged chockstone at the top of the corner, and angle left up a slab to a 2-bolt anchor on a nice ledge.
This is a fun addition to the set of moderate routes on the Bihedral. Well-bolted. I didn't feel the need for placing a piece of gear at the crack and instead used the crack for a layback. Fun route and a good warm-up for the area.
I found this to be fun and interesting climb. A few moves over which to ponder including an interesting, somewhat mildly runout crux (which can be protected with a smaller cam if you so choose though I didn't find it necessary). Good climb with a nice length!
By Nick Wilder Site Landlord From: The Bubble Apr 26, 2007
Good moves with some nice variation. Well bolted, don't bother bringing gear.
By Chris O'Connor From: bouldertown, co Sep 4, 2007 rating: 5.95c17VI17HVS 5a
Great route! Above the wedged chockstone I pulled on a jug only to be shocked by finding my stomach jumping out of my mouth. I yelled rock and the 20-35 lb block landed 15ft from my belayer! Man, we were lucky. Just thought I'd let everyone know there is more potentially loose rock up there, surprising because the rock looks and most of it is great. Wear your brain bucket!
The general line has been toproped by me and undoubtedly others using the Rhodian Shores anchors and/or Bihedral Arete rap anchor. I believe I did the lower half (on TR) further right using the more difficult left angling seam. As bolted, I kept trying not to use the crack on the left feeling that using that was cheating, but without it the lower half would be more difficult than the rating.
By Tony B From: Around Boulder, CO Jun 4, 2010 rating: 5.85b16VI-15HVS 4c
If you avoid the corner entirely at the crux and just go directly up the face alone, the line is slightly more interesting and challenging, and is probably 5.9 that way, otherwise probably 5.8.
By Robbie Flick From: Denver, CO Sep 5, 2010 rating: 5.95c17VI17HVS 5a
Great route for the beginner sport climber. More thought provoking than the other moderates in this area, with an interesting crux, for the grade.
As for the comments on loose rock - I climbed this yesterday and found a medium sized chockstone in the corner after the crux that looked about ready to go. Considering it's the first good hand after the crux, I'd imagine it's getting pulled on a bunch....
Just climbed this route today. This is the 5th sport climb I have ever done outside of the climbing gym, and I must say rating scales are definitely different. This was a very fun climb, and at the crux, which I would say is at the 5th-6th bolt, I believe, it took a bit of tuning out the what ifs, and fully commit, found 2 decent holds on the crux, one which looks like a loose piece of rock but is actually a good hold (for now) and was able to clip in while grabbing a small pinch to the left once you get up on the crux. All in all, it is a good route, a bit slabby, some lay back, and a bit reachy at the crux. Easy as pie after the crux, 2 more bolts and then the anchor bolts. Go for it, commit, and you'll send it!