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This excellent route delivers the pump, with great moves on solid rock.
"Nevermore" ***(5.13a) is the bolted line just right of the arete "Empire of the Fenceless" ***(5.12a). It shares the crux, and the first 30 feet of "Tell Tale Heart" *** (5.12b), but continues right above the roof instead of exiting left.
The initial 20 feet of 5.10 climbing on big holds is a great intro before reaching the roof and a devious 5.12d crux toward the end.
One must power through a variety of interesting moves and holds before reaching the chains. With slopers, crimps and jugs, ... gastons, drop knees and heel hooks, this climb will keep your head thinking and your forearms pumping. Once you enter the business district, the clock is ticking as the pump grows.
This route is very well-protected. However, some of the clips (7 & 8) can be difficult and add to the pump. To work the crux on toprope without swinging right, bring a directional (0.75-1.25 cam) to stuff in the crack directly above the crux moves.
As another person commented, this route "flows like honey on hot cakes." Yeah, baby!
9 bolts to a 2 bolt anchor with chains.
Scott entering the crux sloper section on Nevermor...
Scott sizing up the business end of Nevermore.
|By Anonymous Coward|
Aug 18, 2002
This is one of the better routes I have done in the canyon. Sustained technical power endurance culminating in some nice sloper moves and a throw. Can't ask for much more.
|By Ryan Keenan|
Aug 30, 2002
I heard Willie flogs dead horses when he's not sending 5.13....
|By Anonymous Coward|
Sep 19, 2004
12c not even close to thirteen a - sorry, newbies.
|By Peter Beal|
From: Boulder Colorado
Sep 20, 2004
This route can feel a lot easier depending on conditions and the height of the climber. If you feel a route is off by two letter grades you should probably register and let us all know who's keeping the "newbies" in their place. Some who think this route is pretty hard aren't newbies.
|By Anonymous Coward|
Dec 28, 2004
I have seen very well established climbers not be able to do the moves on this route - much less link it. For those who feel it is easy for the grade - more power to you.
May 3, 2006
This is a fantastic route--sustained, pumpy, and technical on cool holds. Highly recommended.
|By Justin Roth|
Oct 27, 2008
Things to know if you want to do this route to beef up your 8a scorecard, or just your spraysumé, and aren't the type to just climb for the experience of climbing:
> Crux finale seems stout for the shorter climber using the right-hand-crimp method. Heel hooks are NOT mandatory at the crux.
> Basically feels like climbing a solid 5.12a followed by a 5-to-6-move V5.
> I'd say it was soft if I hadn't missed the finishing jug a half-dozen times already. Beware.
> My buddy who did Sonic Youth (5.12d/13a) found this to be more difficult, in that Sonic took him fewer tries.
> I think this route does favor the power climber, since the climbing leading up to the crux is pretty easy, especially when you get it dialed.
Chuff on, chuffers.
|By Sam Claassen|
Jun 29, 2010
This thing definitely felt 5.13a. Sure, it is much easier with the right beta, but then again so is every route. By far one of the best in Boulder Canyon. Super fun climb with awesome movement!
|By Curt MacNeill|
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 27, 2012
This route is truly amazing and one of the best at Easter Rock. You get to do the amazing and fun crux of Tell Tale Heart, then cut right and go through a burly section of slopey moves to a final deadpoint off a really bad sloper. This route is dope and definitely 4 stars in my book. I have climbed a lot of 5.13s all over the world, and this route is really fun and in line with the best of them. I just love the finishing moves! Colder temps will probably help with the crux section, since everything is slopey. Do it....
|By Jay Samuelson|
From: Denver CO
Sep 4, 2012
What a great route! It just keeps getting better and better as you climb higher and higher, climaxing with an awesome deadpoint to a mega-jug! Doesn't get much better than that, I had a really good time working on and climbing this route. Definitely one of the best, if not the best route at the crag.
I didn't understand why the anchor bolts are 3 feet to the right though, makes cleaning more difficult.