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In the Way 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
FA: Pete Gallagher and John Cato, August, 2004
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Submitted By: Anna Moore on Jul 12, 2006

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Description 

A fun pitch 2 to Old 'n ending on top of the North Quarry Wall. Once you're at the belay spot, step right around the corner, and work up a steep slab to a short corner with a piton. Finish up easy rock to the summit.

Location 

Climb Old 'n, walk right to the north side of the upper quarry ledge, and belay from a piton.

Protection 

3 fixed pitons to a 2 bolt rappel anchor w/chains.

Addendum: nuts or a few cams to #0.75 Camalot may come in handy.


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Looking down from the top.
Looking down from the top.
Cruisin' time. <br /> <br />Photo by Myong.
Cruisin' time. Photo by Myong.
The view is worth the climb.
The view is worth the climb.

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By Anna Moore
Jul 12, 2006

We climbed this route on July 30th. It definitely has a great view from the top. The first piton is really close to where you start to climb. We never did find the third piton, so the second one we used was on the face just above the short corner. We suspect that the third piton came loose. We're going to climb this route again as soon as it dries up and figure out what kind of extra protection would work best on it. Will keep everyone posted.
By Steven N
From: CO
Aug 12, 2006

The third piton is to the right. It seems MUCH harder than a 5.6 to go in that direction, so I believe the route follows up the dihedral left. The view is amazing from the top. Gear placements are available for those not comfortable with the runouts.
By drusch
Nov 9, 2006

This is a great climb; it might be slightly underrated. It is run out and it traverses, so a fall in the wrong spot would result in one heck of a pendulum. We did it with out extra gear, but nuts would ease the psychological factor. Although not a difficult climb, the view from the top is awesome, so it is well worth the effort. It could use a belay anchor, but bring a long strap and anchor off the first bolt. Due to the traversing nature of the climb, itís probably best to belay your second from the top.
By ty.
From: Colorado Springs
Nov 9, 2006
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R

I really enjoyed leading this climb, but it's certainly run out and offers just one piton to belay from the bottom with. A fall between pitons would be bad. The route seems to follow the arete, which gets you to the last piton. The dihedral passes the piton and takes some of the thrill out of the climb.
By Joshua Balke
From: Colorado Springs
Sep 13, 2007

The top section did seem a bit run out and I failed to find third (?) piton protecting the top. Either way I remember thinking a pink or red tricam would fit nicely in the crack in the corner and add some psychological comfort though the climbing in this section is very much 5.easy.
By Erik Tullberg
From: Colorado Springs
Jul 14, 2008

At the risk of saying "me too", we also used a cam to avoid that run-out feeling :) (we used a #1 Omega Pacific Link Cam). This was a good second pitch to Xenolith and it was great to top out to wonderful views. This seems to be the highest spot in the canyon if you don't count some of the coyote wall. The stone is great on the face as it seems like this route doesn't get much traffic.

2 stars for the climbing, plus one for the view.
By Derek W
Mar 24, 2009
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

This is a fun 2nd pitch to Old'N. It's a little runout. Just one pin where you start the climb and one up high after the shelf. I climbed it the first time without extra gear but with extra caution. I did it the next day with a few pieces of gear. A #0.4 (I think) cam fits nicely in the horizontal next to the little bush, make sure you extend it with at least a shoulder length sling to let the rope run smooth. The dihedral is great for climbers who aren't ready for the tricky move out onto the face just under the 2nd pin. But try that move out onto the face, its a good time! The belay anchors are a bit awkward up top so just extend them with slings and you'll be set! Don't forget your camera!!
By Derek W
Sep 19, 2010
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

I've climbed this quite a few times with friends since my last post. I no longer use gear, and, if you are confident at the grade, it is run-out between the 2nd and 3rd pin and the 3rd and the top anchor (the easier terrain) but totally do-able. Just use good footwork up the dihedral to the 3rd, reach around to the right and clip, then step out onto the face. Good fun.