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Period Piece 

YDS: 5.8- French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 14 British: VS 4c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.7+ French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
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Submitted By: Sean O'Dell on Apr 6, 2002

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Nicole enjoying all the fine pockets and features ...


This is the farthest route right on the bulge wall, or the farthest left on Menses prow, depending on how you look at it. Ascend the face just to the right of the grassy gully just before the apex of the prow. Take the Sand Gulch trail as described for the rest of The Gallery. Veer right at the first fork in the trail, and left at the second fork. Period Piece is the first route you come to when the trail meets up with Menses Prow.

I personally feel this route is a litte easier than its 5.8 rating (I THINK it's listed as a .7 in Stuart Green's Colorado guidebook). Ascend fairly easy and gradually steepening rock through 7 bolts directly up the face. The crux is high on the route, where the angle steepens and the holds thin out a little. Every more difficult move is well protected, and almost every bolt has a bomber clipping stance. The rock is very solid, with very few of the typical Shelf Road sharp edges. This route makes an excellent introduction to Shelf Road limestone for a beginning or intermediate leader.


7 bolts to anchors.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Period Piece 1/8/05 Half way up route. Smoked it.
Period Piece 1/8/05 Half way up route. Smoked it.
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Rock Climbing Photo: Period Piece.  Photo: D. Lilliott.
Period Piece. Photo: D. Lilliott.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up the route.  (First bolt barely out of f...
BETA PHOTO: Looking up the route. (First bolt barely out of f...
Rock Climbing Photo: Starting out, at the first moves.
Starting out, at the first moves.
Rock Climbing Photo: Period Piece 1/8/05 top of route at the anchor. Cl...
Period Piece 1/8/05 top of route at the anchor. Cl...
Rock Climbing Photo: Look right at the awesome view.
Look right at the awesome view.
Rock Climbing Photo: Kelly pulling the Period Piece.
Kelly pulling the Period Piece.
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By Jennifer Hazen
Nov 12, 2002

Seconded and cleaned this route this weekend. I noticed that the bolts are about 1/2 way worn through. It seems like this route gets a lot of beginner/TR business and obviously there's been a lot of lowering off the bolts.

For the geology buffs out there, look for the cool little trilobite about 2/3 to 3/4 of the way up on a little shelf to your left.
By Patrick Higgins
Jun 15, 2003
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Super fun route for the grade. Almost as good as Mystery Crack. Long and sustained.

My sister's limit is .8, and she was hanging all over the start of this one. I agree with the guidebook: 5.8!
By Jake Wyatt
From: Longmont, CO
Feb 16, 2004
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Quality rock and quality moves... get ready for a few highsteps. Felt about 5.7 (maybe), but sustained.
By Scott Edlin
From: boulder, co
Apr 6, 2006
rating: 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c

The crux for me was the anchor clipping stance (I was a little right of it).
By mtnjunkie
Oct 23, 2006
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Pretty sustained, but I love looking for all the pockets. It's like a treasure hunt! Anchor bolts are a little scary. I'd leave the last bolt clipped for a back-up.
By Rich F.
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Apr 17, 2011
rating: 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c

Fun route. The bolts and the anchors all looked solid.
By richard magill
Jun 20, 2011

There is a loose hold about the size of a football near the top of this thing. I avoided it completely, but it was covered with chalk so people are using it... it will likely come off soon, please be careful!
By J. Broussard
From: CordryCorner
Jan 30, 2012
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R

I felt like this was a 5.7 climb bolted for the 5.11 leader. Not a good warm up in that regard.
By Mark Wright
From: Minneapolis, MN
Aug 30, 2013

The bottom moves are pretty polished up to the second clip. It gets better after that... nice climb.
By Derek Lawrence
From: Bailey
Apr 25, 2016

Top anchor quicklinks and smash rings replaced 4/23/16 with ASCA provided quicklink/rings. Thanks to ASCA and to PPCA for organizing the weekend!

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