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Penitente - Inner Canyon

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10,000 Maniacs 
A Virgin No More 
Air Jordan 
Anatomy 101 
Apes in Estrus 
B1 or V5 
Bad Rap 
Banana Slugs in Heat 
Black Jesus 
Black Sheets of Rain 
Breakdown Dead Ahead 
Brown Sugar 
Bullet the Blue Sky 
Candy Apple Grey 
Children Of A Lesser Grade 
Colville Express 
Concupiscent Curds 
Dazed and Confuzed 
Dog's Delight 
El Dedo Es la Llave 
Forever Young 
Freddy's Nightmare 
Friday the 13th 
Handle with Care 
Harvey's Wallbanger 
Head Over Heals 
Heaven Can Wait 
Hip Hop 
How The West Was Won 
Huecos Rancheros 
I'd Rather Leia than Jabba 
Innocent Mission 
Jabba the Hut 
Jack and Diane 
Jewel Of The Mild 
Los Hermanos de la Penitente 
Los Hermanos de la Weenie Way 
Ms. Cool 
No Intent 
No Sweat, No Vapor 
Not My Cross To Bear 
Nueve a Seis 
Ordinary People 
Passion Play 
Pumping Huecos 
Ranck E 
Reptiles Lust and Dogs 
Santa Cruz 
Schizoid Way 
Shady Lady 
Shear Strength 
Sheer Lunacy 
Sister of Mercy 
Soul Boy 
Tanks for the Hueco 
Tao of Gymnastic 
True Penitence 
Unknown (5.6 ramp) 
Unknown 5.10a 
Unknown 5.10d 
Vapor Trails 
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Penitente - Inner Canyon 

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As my (arbitrary) name suggests, the inner portion of Penitente proper - anything after the side canyon. You know you're there when you see the Virgin Mary on the wall. Just to the right of the virgin are a couple classics - Tanks for the Hueco (a great climb for mere mortals) and Bullet the Blue Sky (great for mortals to look at).

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['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',22],['2 Stars',31],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',1]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Penitente - Inner Canyon:
Santa Cruz   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
How The West Was Won   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Concupiscent Curds   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   
Jewel Of The Mild   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Children Of A Lesser Grade   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Tanks for the Hueco   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Breakdown Dead Ahead   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
True Penitence   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Brown Sugar   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Not My Cross To Bear   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Shear Strength   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Sheer Lunacy   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   
10,000 Maniacs   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Jabba the Hut   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Los Hermanos de la Weenie Way   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Dazed and Confuzed   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Sister of Mercy   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   
Los Hermanos de la Penitente   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Bullet the Blue Sky   5.12c/d 7c 28 IX E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   
A Virgin No More   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
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A Virgin No More 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c  CO : San Luis Valley : ... : Penitente - Inner Canyon
This route climbs the spectacular rust-colored wall immediately right of the Virgin painting. This is a really great route for the grade. Unlike many of the hard routes in Penitente, it is not just a one move wonder, but it demands sustained effort all the way to the chains. I found one hard/reachy move getting to the 2nd bolt (will be no problem for taller people), then generally very consistent difficulty to the very top. I would consider this to be the 2nd must-do route after "Bullet the B...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Anonymous Coward
Oct 11, 2002

Speaking of the Virgin.....does anyone know who chipped (drilled)the holds on that (unlisted) route of the same name ???

By Legs Magillicutty
From: Littleton
Sep 2, 2003

There are chipped/drilled holes all over the canyon, especially in the area of the Virgin. As my boyfriend was climbing Bullet, I noticed that someone went back in and filled in some holes with epoxy. Chipping is for WUSSIES!!!!

By Anonymous Coward
Sep 2, 2003

Chipping is lame. Are some of those holes around the painting of the Virgin bullet holes that have been repaired? Thad

By Anonymous Coward
Sep 3, 2003

The route Virgin No More was chipped or drilled by D'Antonio I heard.

By Stewart M. Green
Oct 8, 2003

Bob D'Antonio didn't chip the Virgin or any other route in the canyon so that's a pretty harsh accusation to hurl at a guy who really developed and opened up Penitente Canyon. I know who chipped the Virgin as well as did some enhancing on Bullet. He knows who he is. I hope he knows it was lame. Chipping lowers the route to your own meek self. Better to elevate your skill to the rock or not climb it...