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Mephistophiles 

YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Richard Rossiter and Bonnie Von Grebe, 2002
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Submitted By: Ron Olsen on Jul 23, 2005

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Description 

Approach: Go to the main tier of Solaris, traverse left past Contact, and head up a gully on the right. Spot a ledge on the right side of the gully with a line of bolts; this is Twilight Zone. Mephistophiles starts 10' left of Twilight Zone and goes up a left-angling crack system, with one bolt high on the route.

Climb the left-angling finger and hand crack to a stance by a bolt on the steep upper headwall. Make several difficult moves past the bolt, gaining a flared finger and hand crack. Continue up the flared crack to the top.

The rock on this route is still quite dirty, with lots of lichen to spice up the crux headwall.

We top-roped this route after doing Twilight Zone. The protection on the lower part of the route looks reasonable, but the protection in the flared crack at the top looks as if it could be difficult to place.

Protection 

Finger-to-hand-sized gear plus one bolt at the crux. 2-bolt anchor at the top.

Can top-rope after doing Twilight Zone by traversing over from the Twilight Zone anchor to the Mephistopheles anchor.


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Mephistophiles.  Climb discontinuous finger and hand cracks to a steep headwall with a bolt.  Make several difficult moves past the bolt, then climb a flared finger and hand crack to the top. <br /> <br />Protection in the flared crack at the top could be difficult to place; the route can be top-roped after leading Twilight Zone.
BETA PHOTO: Mephistophiles. Climb discontinuous finger and ha...
The crux area.
BETA PHOTO: The crux area.

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By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Jun 5, 2006
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

This climb is better than it looks from the ground and with some thought and effort can be completely festooned with gear, even above the bolt.
By percious
From: Bear Creek, CO
Aug 14, 2008

Nice use of the word "festooned" Tony!
By Mark Roth
From: Boulder
May 25, 2012

This thing is filthy and looks terrible but climbs really well. There is great gear except for the very bottom which is covered in lichen. The bolt is perfectly located right at the only hard move....
By Jay Eggleston
From: Denver
Aug 9, 2013
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

This climb does look dirty, especially at the bottom, but it is fun and should not be overlooked.
By Raw Crack
From: Denver, CO
Oct 11, 2014

Don't hesitate to lead this. The crack above the bolt is definitely flared, but it's more of a problem for jams than gear. There are several solid gear placements but zero solid jams :(