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Mister MIA 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Brian Shelton & Chris Jackson, Sept. '04
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Submitted By: Bosier Parsons on Apr 13, 2008

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BETA PHOTO: Mister MIA as seen from the base of the route.

Reopened after flood damage! MORE INFO >>>


Edge and smear directly up with some tricky moves past 5 bolts. Continue up easier rock past 3 more bolts.


This route is on the north end of the Whale and starts just right of the big pine tree at the base. It is the first route left of Blow Tube Envy and finishes just left of the obvious, quarried slice of rock at the top of the Whale. Guide info from Stewart Green's publication.


8 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor. If I remember right, this anchor is shared with Blow Tube Envy.

Photos of Mister MIA Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Lee Rittenmeyer on the crux of Mister MIA.
Lee Rittenmeyer on the crux of Mister MIA.
Rock Climbing Photo: Lee Rittenmeyer on Mister MIA.
Lee Rittenmeyer on Mister MIA.

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By mountainmicah83
From: Colorado Springs
May 24, 2010
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Tie knots in your 60m when you do this, 'cause you aren't gonna make it back to the ground.
By Hans Hoffman
From: D'iberville, MS
Nov 8, 2010
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Very fun route; my first lead at RRCOS. Lots of smearing up to the 5th bolt and a walk-up pretty much the last 3 bolts.
By Stewart M. Green
Jan 27, 2015

I went out to RRC yesterday with Brian Shelton, and we replaced the second bolt on Mister MIA. The bolt was actually fine and would not have pulled out under any kind of a leader fall. The outside of the hole had been damaged by someone hammering on the head of the bolt and the nut, which caused some wobble on the part of the bolt outside the hole. We worked for 5 minutes with a crowbar but were unable to remove the bolt and ended up only breaking the shaft of the bolt off below the nut. We placed a new 1/2-inch bolt just left of the abandoned stud.
By Leo Paik
From: Westminster, Colorado
Feb 2, 2015

Stuart and Brian, thank you for checking this bolt situation out. Your efforts are appreciated by so many in the community.

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