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BETA PHOTO: Midlife Crisis bolts.
This climbs one pitch -- it starts as steep face climb on small feet and crimps for three bolts, then it has about a 10 foot section of layback then another two or three bolts above the layback flake on easier rock. The crux is getting from the 2nd bolt to the layback, and it is a little height dependent -- will be easier for climbers taller than 6 feet. Overall, it is an excellent climb.
This is the first route you reach on the Great Big Wall. It climbs the center of the pillar on the left side where the trail intersects the Great Big Wall. (Note, there is a harder climb immediately right that goes up the blunt arete of the pillar.)
I highly recommend Stewart Green's guidebook, "Rock Climbing Colorado, 2nd edition" for a detailed description of this area and others throughout Colorado!
About 6 bolts to a two-bolt anchor (shared with Unquenchable Thirst, 11b/c). Also, I recommend bringing one or two cams from 0.4 to 0.75 to protect the steep layback crack/flake above the third bolt.
BETA PHOTO: Brenda at Midlife Crisis anchors.
BETA PHOTO: Midlife Crisis is #1 in this pic.
By Nelson Lunsford
Oct 26, 2011
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
This is one of my routes. We rated it 5.10. It shares an anchor with Unquenchable Thirst which is 11b/c.
By Rich F.
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Oct 27, 2011
Thanks for putting the route up, Nelson.
Very nicely done.