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10,000 Maniacs S 
7/11 S 
A Virgin No More S 
Air Jordan S 
Anatomy 101 S 
Animosity S 
Apes in Estrus S 
B1 or V5 S 
Bad Rap S 
Banana Slugs in Heat S 
Black Jesus S 
Black Sheets of Rain S 
Breakdown Dead Ahead S 
Brown Sugar S 
Bullet the Blue Sky S 
Candy Apple Grey S 
Children Of A Lesser Grade S 
Colville Express S 
Concupiscent Curds S 
Dazed and Confuzed S 
Dog's Delight S 
El Dedo Es la Llave S 
Forever Young S 
Freddy's Nightmare S 
Friday the 13th S 
Handle with Care T,S 
Harvey's Wallbanger T 
Head Over Heals S 
Heaven Can Wait T 
Hip Hop S 
How The West Was Won S 
Huecos Rancheros S 
I'd Rather Leia than Jabba S 
Innocent Mission S 
Intimidator S 
Jabba the Hut S 
Jack and Diane S 
Jewel Of The Mild S 
Josie's  S 
Los Hermanos de la Penitente S 
Los Hermanos de la Weenie Way S 
Morada S 
Ms. Cool S 
No Intent S 
No Sweat, No Vapor S 
Not My Cross To Bear S 
Nueve a Seis S 
Omnipenitent S 
Ordinary People S 
Passion Play S 
Pumping Huecos S 
Ranck E S 
Reptiles Lust and Dogs S 
Santa Cruz T 
Schizoid Way S 
Shady Lady S 
Shear Strength S 
Sheer Lunacy S 
Sister of Mercy S 
Soul Boy S 
Tanks for the Hueco S 
Tao of Gymnastic S 
True Penitence T 
Unbound S 
Unknown S 
Unknown (5.6 ramp) S 
Unknown 5.10a S 
Unknown 5.10d S 
Unrepenitente S 
Vapor Trails S 
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Penitente - Inner Canyon Rock Climbing 

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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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Classic Climbing Routes in Penitente - Inner Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Penitente - Inner Canyon:
Santa Cruz   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
How The West Was Won   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Jewel Of The Mild   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Children Of A Lesser Grade   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Concupiscent Curds   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   
Breakdown Dead Ahead   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Tanks for the Hueco   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
True Penitence   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Brown Sugar   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Not My Cross To Bear   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Shear Strength   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Jabba the Hut   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
10,000 Maniacs   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Los Hermanos de la Weenie Way   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Dazed and Confuzed   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Sister of Mercy   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   
Los Hermanos de la Penitente   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Black Jesus   5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 30'   
Bullet the Blue Sky   5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   
A Virgin No More   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Not My Cross To Bear, 05/21/2005.

Breakdown Dead Ahead 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  CO : San Luis Valley : ... : Penitente - Inner Canyon
This is the line just right of Tanks for Hueco. It shares the same start (a lieback up a black corner) and then heads up the fantastic pockets on the overhanging wall. In my opinion a more appropriate finish (in terms of difficulty) than Tanks for Hueco. Oh, the guide rates it at 11b, but it is not nearly that hard....[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...

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