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Night Vision 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- British: E2 5b PG13

Type:  Trad, Sport, 3 pitches
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Dan Hare and Steve Matous, 1986
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Submitted By: Jeff Lockyer on Aug 30, 2001
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Night Vision starts just left of Huston Crack, by a tree next to the rock, just left of the arete.

P1: Make balancy moves up to the first bolt (unprotected, or desperate #2 stopper/small RP about 8' up) and then continue on to clipping 2nd over the slabby bulge. Continue on easy ground to the top of a large block (watch rope drag) at the base of a headwall with 2 bolts and 2 fixed pins. Belay here.

P2: Go straight up the headwall, through a nice undercling (optional #3 Camalot) and clip one of the fixed pins (or both). Once here, move out onto the face/arete passing 2 bolts to an alcove at the top of the arete.

P3: Continue up and right via a crack to the summit (5.7).

A great route, with crux(es) protected by bolts. Note: You can also rap off at the end of the second pitch; there are many slings with rap rings (backing these up is suggested).


Stoppers, Cams (optional #3 Camalot), a few QDs for a couple bolts. All natural anchors, medium cams.

Photos of Night Vision Slideshow Add Photo
The second pitch of Night Vision.  The crux face is protected by two pins and two new bolts.
BETA PHOTO: The second pitch of Night Vision. The crux face i...
One of the old 1/4" Rawl buttonhead bolts that Bruce removed from Night Vision. <br /> <br />Would you trust this to hold a leader fall?
One of the old 1/4" Rawl buttonhead bolts that Bru...
Bruce Hildenbrand drilling out an old 1/4" bolt hole to accept a new 3/8" x 2.25" bolt. <br /> <br />Somebody get this guy a Hilti!
Bruce Hildenbrand drilling out an old 1/4" bolt ho...
Routes on the left side of Cob's North Face.  Night Vision climbs the face and arete near the left edge. East Crack climbs a left-facing corner and thin crack. North Face Left climbs the face past an old pin. <br /> <br />The routes meet at an alcove by the arete, and share a common final pitch to the summit.
BETA PHOTO: Routes on the left side of Cob's North Face. Nigh...
Bruce Hildenbrand installing a new bolt.  Note the blow tube which Bruce used to clean rock dust out of the bolt hole.
Bruce Hildenbrand installing a new bolt. Note the...
Crux face on the second pitch of Night Vision.  Two new bolts protect delicate 5.10 face moves.
BETA PHOTO: Crux face on the second pitch of Night Vision. Tw...
A new 3/8" x 2.25" stainless steel Rawl 5-piece bolt, ready to hold a leader fall!
A new 3/8" x 2.25" stainless steel Rawl 5-piece bo...
Shane Zentner on Night Vision. The route pulls the roof directly under me. However, I decided to climb the roof on the right, then move left and clip the piton. The crux is above and left of me. <br />(PHOTO TAKEN BY RICHARD SIMMS) <br />
BETA PHOTO: Shane Zentner on Night Vision. The route pulls the...
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By Leo Paik
From: Westminster, Colorado
Mar 7, 2002

Don't fall before the 1st bolt. It hurts.

By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Jun 13, 2002
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b PG13

Don't fall after the bolt either. The two bolts on the second pitch are rusty 1/4" buttons that will as likely as not pop on a big fall. The first bolt can be backed up about 4 feet to the right by small brass nuts. The second bolt can not.

Beware: the leader on this pitch should be a solid 5.10 climber, as there is plenty of opportunity for injury in a fall.

By Karl Nichols
Jul 15, 2002

The second bolt on P1 is poorly placed...if you fall before clipping it, there's a good chance you'll slam into the tree right behind you.

The bolts on P2 are old, will probably not hold a fall, and can not really be backed up with pro. I ended up leaving the route and doing the crack which was at least something that can be protected. I agree with the comment above...unless your confident in your 5.10 abilities for the day, don't try leading this.

By Steve "Crusher" Bartlett
Aug 29, 2004
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b

I've always enjoyed this route. On pitch 1, before the first bolt, don't know about a #2 RP, but there is a shallow slot that takes a sideways #5 RP, the largest one they make, real well.

On pitch two the old (and very rusty) buttonheads are still there, as of August 2004. Used to be that this fine arete pitch seemed real safe compared to the funky crack/seam just right, but not anymore.

Note to self: Take a prybar and new bolts and drill next time.....

By Bruce Hildenbrand
Sep 13, 2005

On 9/13/2005 Ron Olsen and I replaced the old 1/4" Rawl buttonhead bolts on the second pitch with 3/8" x2.25" stainless steel Rawl 5-piece bolts. This work was sponsored by the American Safe Climbing Association. They appreciate your support.


ps - on the way down, I spotted two old 1/4" Rawl studs down and left and around the corner from the second pitch of Night Vision. Both were next to an easily protectable crack. Note, these were studs without either a hanger or a nut and were very poorly drilled. Because of their location next to an easily protectable crack, the fact that they were very poorly drilled (sticking half out) and they did not have a hanger or nut attached to the studs, I removed them.

By Stephanovich
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 10, 2007

Love this climb. 1 pitch (60m) to top. Rack used on 6/2/07 in order:
clip the two bolts up to #3 (BD) cam @ overhang, #00 (WC) cam, to piton, clipped the two shiny bolts, then a #1 (WC) cam, and some pieces for the belay. 60m rope won't reach all the way to the belay tree on summit if done in single pitch.

By Shane Z
From: Colorado
Jul 21, 2008

The slot that Crusher mentions takes a #3 BD stopper placed broadside out. The placement is solid and secure and provides protection while getting to the first bolt (this works because I fell and it held).

Going for the second bolt is another ball of wax. As mentioned in the above post-do not fall as one would hit the tree and possibly the ground. There are several ways of getting to the second bolt, both of which are 5.10 moves. Stated simply: The crux of the first pitch is well above the first bolt but not quite at the second. The remaining pitches are fun.

By SeanKuus
From: Steamboat Springs
Aug 28, 2010
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b

P2 is great. The gear is all there, and additionally there are some new shiny bolts to protect the slab moves. Fun route.