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Iron Maiden 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Richard Rossiter and Christine Damiano, 2001
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Submitted By: shad O'Neel on Jul 25, 2003
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Iron Maiden is the second route from the left on the First Tier. Start 10' right of Sex Slave by a short, right-facing corner capped with a small roof. Climb the right-facing corner, step left around the little roof, and continue up the face past two more roofs to the top.


8 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor.

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Iron Maiden.  Cruxes at the second bolt and the roof above the fifth bolt.
BETA PHOTO: Iron Maiden. Cruxes at the second bolt and the ro...
Yvonne D'Andrea tackling the crux at the second bolt.
Yvonne D'Andrea tackling the crux at the second bo...
It's soooooooo steep <br />just kidding around....
It's soooooooo steep
just kidding around....
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By Bill Farrand
Oct 15, 2005
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a

I thought this was a really fun route. Some really nice "jungle gym" moves going through the roofs.

By Gary Schmidt
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 11, 2006
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a

Very fun route with interesting moves and nicely bolted, I thought. Guide book rates it 5.10a, but I vote for 5.9. You will not be able to see your belayer from the top, so plan accordingly.

By Tom R
From: Denver, CO
Jun 6, 2009
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a

Really fun route. The second roof was a blast. One of the best routes at Avalon.

By L G
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 20, 2010

Surmount the first root by stepping left onto the face, head up and right to the second roof, then enjoy the delightful series of moves up the steep holds -- fun!

By Travis Drake
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 3, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a PG13

The first bolt is way too low on this route - high ground-fall potential between it and the second bolt. It goes to show you that just because some climb is bolted doesn't mean it's safe.