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Passing Lane 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9- French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 4c [details]
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Submitted By: Steve Marr on Feb 16, 2002
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Passing Lane is located just right of the Overpass arete. Start up a fun, blocky face past three bolts. The route's crux is gaining the slabby face above the fourth bolt. Rolofson's guide suggests that this route could use an additional bolt, but I thought that it was well protected all the way to the anchors. It is a fun route. Again, a there's a little rope drag if you top rope or lower off this one.


7? bolts to a two-bolt anchor.

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Margherita on Passing Lane.
Margherita on Passing Lane.
Erik Marr working up Passing Lane (just above the 4th bolt).
Erik Marr working up Passing Lane (just above the ...
Stemming out the overhang.
Stemming out the overhang.
Cindy getting it done.
Cindy getting it done.
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By Joshua Lewis
Apr 2, 2002

Ledgefall potential clipping the 4th bolt--no doubt about it.

By Derek Lawrence
From: Bailey
Jun 9, 2006
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a

There is a very large, very loose block right below the anchors. It can easily be avoided on the left, but care should be taken not to yard on it...
UPDATE 7/21/06: the large block is now gone; looks like there is just dirt where it was....

By Skat
Mar 19, 2007

The only interesting part of this route is the 4th bolt, which is really only interesting because you're going to the hospital if you don't make it. Above the ledge is maybe 5.7 and run out about 20 feet from the last bolt to the anchor.

From: Wherever we park!
Sep 28, 2008

I don't often post about routes that suck, but this just wasn't much fun. The bolts sort of lead you over to the right, which makes for a somewhat tricky traverse back left to make it over the bulge. Don't fall on the crux, it will be painful. Really, this route is just not worth doing.

By Eric Goltz
From: Boulder, CO
May 21, 2009

Two stars, contrary to the bomb rating just given. Comparable in quality to nearby routes.

By Dan Stackhouse
From: Lakewood, CO
Sep 1, 2009
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI HVS 4c PG13

It's a fun one. If you are a solid 5.9 climber you've got nothing to worry about. The fourth bolt is sketchy but there's a good ledge to hold on to while you clip into it. Over the crux it's easy but you can make it a little more difficult by staying to the right.

By Dave Clark 5.10
From: Golden, CO
Jun 11, 2010
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI HVS 4c

Based on all the beta about ledge fall potential at bolt 4, I took a couple cams with me. But didn't feel the need for additional protection with the positive hand holds working to the bolt. However, there are only 6 bolts then about 20 ft of runout from b6 to the top anchors, unless you clip a 7th bolt that seems to be off route to the left (part of Overpass?). So you may want to place some gear even though it's easy terrain up there.

By Robbie Flick
From: Denver, CO
Apr 16, 2011
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a R

Fun, but as others have said, the 4th bolt is a bit heady. Great hands for it, but be careful.

By David Appelhans
From: Lafayette
Jul 31, 2011
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a

Nothing R rated about this climb.

By Daniel Garcia
Aug 15, 2011

Last Thursday August 11th a party of two boys and a girl climbing Passing Lane left a purple Wired Bliss TCU and two BD quickdraws in a crack at the base of Deuces Wild.
If you are one of these guys, we have your gear! Write us back to to give them back to you.

By John Tex
From: Boulder CO
May 16, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a

Didn't feel runout to me. I traversed right at the third bolt and came up to the fourth bolt from the left like the newest guide says. Didn't seem runout to me, nor did it seem to have a terrible ledge fall on it. You can also go a little right at the third bolt, which I have done also, and it seems to be just a little more difficult but not by much. The final bolt, I believe, is out to the left and may seem at first like it is for another route, but there were some climbers to the route on the left, and they didn't use it. Nonetheless, the climbing from there on is 5.4ish, and it can be easily skipped to reduce drag if you have someone following.

By Jay Eggleston
From: Littleton
Oct 2, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a

There is a placement for a yellow C3 cam between the 3rd and 4th bolts.

By teece303
From: Highlands Ranch, CO
4 hours ago
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a X

When we climbed this in late March, and neither me nor my partner found any bolts after the 4th.

Which was around a 50' runout beyond bolt 4 at ~45' (putting this route solidly in X territory). It was easy terrain, but still deserving a bolt or two, it was 5th class.

Not sure if we both just missed the bolts, or if some hangers were stolen, be we looked for bolts 5-7 with no luck.