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Hold The Line 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Ron Olsen and Mike Amato, 3/14/07
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Ron Olsen on Mar 15, 2007
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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.

Belay from here or lower 100' back to the start.


Start on a ramp about 30' left of Rhodian Shores.


9 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor with lowering hooks. An optional red Alien/purple Camalot can be placed after the 6th bolt. Lower/rappel 100' back to the start.

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Approach to routes on the upper tier of the Bihedral. <br /> <br />Follow the approach trail up the hill until it cuts right toward the rock at a flat area. Spot a cairn by a big pine tree close to the rock. Head right, past the tree and around a rock rib.  Climb the rock, mostly easy with a short 3rd-class section, up to the upper tier.
BETA PHOTO: Approach to routes on the upper tier of the Bihedr...
Luke at the crux. On the left is Ken Parker nearing the top of Dan's line.
Luke at the crux. On the left is Ken Parker nearin...
Midway up.
Midway up.
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By Eric Klammer
From: Boulder, CO
Feb 20, 2014
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI HVS 4c


Crimp/pinch on the wall high and on the left of the crux corner is now gone. Felt it shift on lead and managed to pull it and about a foot long sliver of rock off on the way down. Looks like there is a now a similar crimp hold in place but about 8-12 inches lower. I tried to scrape some of the dirt off, but it still won't be that clean for a while. Just a friendly reminder to stay sharp and keep your helmet on, especially during these spring freeze/thaw cycles!

By Brenda Leach
Mar 17, 2007

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.

By Jake Wyatt
From: Longmont, CO
Mar 18, 2007

Nice and long (by BC standards) pitch with solid climbing the entire way up.

By Gary Schmidt
From: Boulder, CO
Mar 19, 2007

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: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 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!

By Michael Walker
From: Loveland, CO
Nov 17, 2007

Felt like a 5.7 route. Contrived. Would have enjoyed gear where the cracks were on the overlaps, therefore, felt like a sport route for the sake of being a sport route. Yawn.

By Ivan Rezucha
From: Fort Collins, CO
Jan 13, 2008

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: 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 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: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 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....

By Emanuel Boak
Jun 7, 2013

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!

By James Hicks
From: Denver, CO
Jan 20, 2014

The chockstone at the crux is still there, and it doesn't feel loose at all. It might go one day, but it doesn't at all appear imminent. Fun route, nice and slabby in spots.