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Ian's Climb 
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Too Much Beef and Not Enough Meat 
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Turkey's Bleak 
Two For One 
Under A Blood Red Wall 
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Utter To A Scream 
Wadsworth Boulevard 
White Punks on Pockets 
Whiteman's Burden 
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Ian's Climb 

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

Type: Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7+ French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Pat and Azenda Thompson, 2002
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Submitted By: Steve Marr on Dec 25, 2002
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Ian's Route is located between Alexi's Climb and Red Eclipse and shares anchors with Red Eclipse. The climb starts in the corner/crack formed by semi-detached pillar on the left and the face on the right. Bouldery opening moves take you past the first couple of bolts, past the top of the Alexi pillar, and onto a fun arete where the climbing becomes significantly easier. Continue up and right to the Red Eclipse anchors. It is a fun route; worth doing if you are in the area. Harder variations are possible.


Seven bolts to a 2-bolt anchor.

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Erik Marr top roping Ian's Route.
Erik Marr top roping Ian's Route.
Cactus Cliff - Right (1). <br /> <br />The Price is Right is now named Legend on the Fall. <br /> <br />La Estacion de Shelf is now named La Temperatura de Shelf.
BETA PHOTO: Cactus Cliff - Right (1).

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Up to his forehead in the crack - I like it! Cody makes his way through the OW dihedral (for him) opening to <a href='/v/ians-climb/105759165'>Ian's Climb</a>. March 2011.
Up to his forehead in the crack - I like it! Cody ...
Approaching the ledge at the top of Alexi's Route. The route continues up and right to the Red Eclipse anchors.
Approaching the ledge at the top of Alexi's Route....
about to start the upper crux
about to start the upper crux
Sarah leading.
Sarah leading.
Making the final moves on <a href='/v/ians-climb/105759165'>Ian's Climb</a>. March 2011.
Making the final moves on Ian's Climb...
Sarah on Ian's.
Sarah on Ian's.
Dave leading Ian's. <br /> <br />Photo by Carl Brockhoff.
Dave leading Ian's.

Photo by Carl Brockhoff.
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By Rick Thompson
From: Mount Nebbiolo, CO
Jan 27, 2003

This is "Ian's Route" FA: Pat & Azenda Thompson, fall 2002. FA party thought it checked in at 5.7, but it may a bit harder as your reported grade suggests.

By Steve Marr
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jan 27, 2003

5.7 is probably a pretty accurate assessment of the route. I was trying hard not to reach over and use holds on the Alexi's Route pinnacle. Harder variations are possible if you stay right of the bolt line. Still a fun lead, however you do it! Enjoy and thanks for the info.

By Larry Shaw
Jul 17, 2004
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b

Felt in the .7 range, watch out for loose rock at the top.

By Ray Lovestead
From: Boulder, CO
Mar 9, 2008
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b

Super fun, rare, fist-sized crack climb. Definitely 5.7. Called "Ian's Climb" in the Shelf Road Rock book.

By Steve Knapp
From: Highlands Ranch, CO
Nov 22, 2008
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b

Nice fun crack just right of super easy Alexi's route. Crux is near the second bolt, but the holds are all there. Agree that it's a touch harder than 5.7 at the crux. Also a bit harder than 5.7 if you stay on the face/arete at the last bolt instead of moving left near the Alexi's route anchor. This is a good route to use to setup a top rop for Red Eclipse or Solar Eclipse (which we did and enjoyed profusely).

By Brian Scoggins
From: Eugene, OR
May 11, 2010

Probably the best of the four or so routes nearby.

By Baumer
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 29, 2013
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b

This can be led on gear if you're so inclined. It's no harder (probably easier) than Crynoid Corner, so I'd say 5.7 is the correct rating.