Mjolnir is the name of the mythical hammer of Thor, who is the Norse God of Thunder. Over the millenia Mjolnir has come to represent more a state of mind than an actual hammer [wielded] by the Thunder God of the Vikings (who are my ancestors). The route begins from the curb a short way left from the direct start to Excalibur. Climb steep rock to an overhanging V-shaped dihedral (crux). Lieback out of the dihedral, then climb straight up past the last two bolts to the ring anchor. The final terrain is not really a letdown. Lower off.
Caution: Avoid any temptation you may have to stem from a huge perched block on a ledge above and right of the sixth bolt. If this monster teeters off and flattens an RTD bus (communist bastards), it is better that the bureaucrats can't blame it on climbers.
7 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor with rings. Gear up to 1 inch could be used to fill in between the last two bolts, but was not used on the FA.
Bruno exiting the slot.
BETA PHOTO: Mjolnir. Start below the V-slot on the left side ...
Jerry Bargo belays at the base of Mjolnir, avoidin...
|By Ron Olsen|
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 16, 2005
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b
An excellent and sustained route; one of the best sport pitches at this grade that I've done in Boulder Canyon.
There's a tricky move just getting started at the first bolt.
I removed some loose rock on the ledge between the second and third bolts. There still is a small loose block in the corner on this ledge, but it would require a prybar to remove.
Above, sustained interesting stemming and chimneying led to the top of the V-slot, where there is a committing layback exit left at the fifth bolt. This bolt is around the corner out of sight until you start into the layback; look for it and make the clip before pulling the move.
The final steep headwall also has some hard moves. I got gray and yellow Aliens in horizontal cracks between the sixth and seventh bolts. The moves straight up past the last bolt looked very hard, so I went left to a hand crack and battled past a little bush before angling back right to the anchor.
|By Tony B|
From: Around Boulder, CO
May 21, 2007
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b
A good route in a bad place. Too bad it's not further from the road. Still, it was a diversion while we waited to see if the rain would stay or go, before heading up to Avalon.