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Holiday Road 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- British: HVS 4c

Type: Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Kirk Miller, Alex Andrews. Variation left to finish: Ken Trout
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Kirk Miller on Aug 1, 2009
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Enjoy your holiday, there might be a few twists and turns along the way, but the vacation isn't over till you pass the fork in the road and clip the anchors. Make your mind up at the fork; head left to keep your holiday casual or make a right for a trickier, more exciting finish.


About 30 feet left of Beasto you'll find a rock staircase leading to your belay pad in the jungle. Holiday Road is furthest to the right, the first route you encounter. This route has a fun variation to finish; the left fork goes at a casual 5.7.


9 bolts to chain link anchors.

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Myong on Holiday Road.
Myong on Holiday Road.
"Rock Ladder" to belay for Holiday Road.
BETA PHOTO: "Rock Ladder" to belay for Holiday Road.
Myong starting up Holiday Road.
Myong starting up Holiday Road.
Carol enjoying a Holiday, 8-28-09.
Carol enjoying a Holiday, 8-28-09.
An 8 year old leads this climb prancing upwards in giddy fashion.
An 8 year old leads this climb prancing upwards in...
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By Alex A
Aug 2, 2009

A fun, easier climb, that makes you think at the crux, the last 8ft.

By HansF
Aug 2, 2009
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c

Nice meeting you today Kirt and Kirt! I'd say it's a sustained 5.7 until the very last move which I'd call a solid 5.8. It's probably a little harder because of the mass amount of lichen on it right now. Great job and thanks again for all your hard work on the crag!

By Casey Lems
From: Lakewood, CO
Aug 3, 2009
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b

I agree. Cruising 5.7 until the last move. You can go far left to make things easier, but going over the face is a stiff 5.8 move. Another great route, Thanks so much, Kirk! Can't wait to get on the others you have lined up!

By Jim Gloeckler
From: Denver, Colo.
Sep 4, 2009

Start seems like 5.6 then a 5.7 move around the 50' level and then the finishing slab seems like 5.8+ to me. Thin holds and a few moves.
Slightly harder than the crux on Bitty Buttress or Upper Ruper for that matter; both being only 2 move cruxes. Just my opinion, but then again I'm getting older now. Three stars.

By Michael Kopinsky
Aug 20, 2010

Hardest part is getting a stance to clip the anchors.

By Alan Robertson
From: Denver, CO
Jun 29, 2011
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c PG13

A friend slipped trying to get to the anchors last week. He hit the ledge below the headwall and broke his ankle. So be careful or give a tight belay to prevent similar accidents.

By Teigon S.
Aug 27, 2011

I found the best way to get to the chains ( which can be considered unsafe) is to go a little right and up and over the top. Clove my rope to the anchors and swing back down. I usually do this if I'm just trying to set a top rope for people in a rush, but if you have the time, have fun jumpin to the chains on the direct route!!

By Matt Pierce
From: Morrison, CO
May 10, 2012

I agree that the last 8-10 feet is the crux. That last bolt before the anchors was tough to get if you're staying left just a bit. You really have to stay direct on this route. All bolts and anchors are in great shape this week.

By NickMartel
From: Tucson, Arizona
Apr 1, 2013
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b

If at the top you take the left side (up the gully/seam), it's 5.7, direct is solid 5.8(+) IMHO. Worth an extra half star (up to 1.5 *s) if done directly.

By Rob Davies UK
From: Cheshire, UK
Oct 16, 2013
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI HVS 4c

Tricky finish - UK 5a.