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Love's Labor Lost 

YDS: 5.10a/b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Richard Wright and Karen Kuddes, 1989
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Submitted By: Ben Mottinger on Jan 1, 2001

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Ben cranking up Loves Labor Lost, the Goose.

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  • Description 

    Start up on the ramp to the left of Deserted Cities and follow the bolts to the same anchor as Deserted Cities. A few runout sections have cracks for the mentioned pro. Excellent face climbing to a great summit.

    Descent: A single bolt with a ring or traverse 20ft. to double rings. A single 50m rap to ledge then downclimb ledge.


    8 QDs plus a #0.5 and #2.5 Friend to a single bolt anchor. Bring a #4 Friend if you don't feel comfortable with a single bolt.


    This is located on the west side of the Goose. Approach via the Fern Canyon trail. There are some sections which are looser on the approach.

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    By Leo Paik
    From: Westminster, Colorado
    Mar 8, 2002

    Mighty nice picture. Pretty technical. Significantly thinner than its neighbor, Deserted Cities.... What's up with single bolt anchors?
    By Richard M. Wright
    From: Lakewood, CO
    Mar 8, 2002

    The intent was to traverse out to the double bolt anchors on the right (South). If you look around you can get in some gear close enough to the bolt. These days I'd probably put in two.
    By Tony B
    From: Around Boulder, CO
    Jan 27, 2003
    rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

    Good climb overall. Note [the] warning about [supplementing] the bolts with gear. I saw the line and mistakenly presumed that it was all bolted, as the [Rossiter] book shows it pretty well evenly spaced. Somewhere about in the middle of the climb I was 25+ feet above gear and only 50' above a pretty good sized ledge. It is X-rated without the gear, you will be looking at a bone-smashing fall from 5.8+ (?) moves just before the next bolt. With pro- no big deal, it would be solid if placed well.
    By Scott Conner
    From: Lyons, CO
    Nov 30, 2003
    rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

    Cool Route! Fun overhanging start. Definite crux at the second bolt but the whole climb is consistent at .8 or .9. I only took a #1 and #2 Camalot on this climb (in addition to the draws). I plugged the #1 in the first horizontal crack (between bolts 3 and 4, I think) but the #2 was too small for the next placement (a #3.5 Camalot maybe??) so it was pretty run-out to the next bolt. As Tony says, no gear would be X rated with a possible decker.
    By Luke Clarke
    From: Golden
    Oct 17, 2010
    rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

    A new #4 Camalot (about the same as the old 3.5) goes in nicely in a horizontal and a shoulder length sling lined up the rope with the bolts. Quality pitch.
    By Rob White
    From: Boulder, CO
    Oct 17, 2015
    rating: 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13

    Nice climb, on a beautiful face, with great views and position. Though compared with Deserted Cities next door, this seemed significantly more difficult and serious than the single number grade difference suggests. We thought even with gear the mandatory run outs warrant a PG-13 rating at least.

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