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Resurrection 

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

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Richard Rossiter and Joan Johns, 2005
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Richard Rossiter on Aug 28, 2005

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Description 

This route is on the remote NE face (Crack Land) of the Third Tier of Avalon. Approach via the route ANCIENT FRIGHT. Instead of lowering off from the anchors, continue up and left to a 2-bolt anchor and belay. Climb an obvious crack to a ledge with a tree (5.7). Climb the steep wall above the ledge (5.9, 2 bolts) and finish with a short crack. Lower off from a 2-ring anchor or climb to the spectacular summit and belay, then walk off to the east and north.


Protection 

2-bolt belay/rappel anchor at the start. Gear up to 3 inches. Two bolts in the middle. More gear with a 2-ring anchor at the top, or climb to the summit and walk off.



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This is an updated photo of Crack Land, part of Avalon, showing the new route WAR HORSE.
BETA PHOTO: This is an updated photo of Crack Land, part of Av...
The upper headwall of Resurrection.  Climb a steep face past two bolts and continue up a short crack to the top.
BETA PHOTO: The upper headwall of Resurrection. Climb a steep...
Routes on the summit tower of Avalon.  Approach via the first pitch of Ancient Light, or by a 4th-class scramble from the left. <br /> <br />Climb Ancient Fright and continue up the gully to do Resurrection, which requires gear to 2".  Be sure to visit the beautiful summit of Avalon, just above the 2-bolt top anchor. <br /> <br />The tree rappel shown in the photo no longer exists since the tree was taken out by a huge boulder. A new 2-bolt anchor is just up and left of the tree stump. <br /> <br />
BETA PHOTO: Routes on the summit tower of Avalon. Approach vi...
Nickie Kelly at the last bolt on Resurrection.
Nickie Kelly at the last bolt on Resurrection.
On the great summit.
On the great summit.
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By Ron Olsen
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 30, 2005
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

A worthwhile route to the summit of Avalon after doing Ancient Fright. I placed gear from a yellow Alien to a #2 Camalot. The initial crack is fun 5.7 hands. The steep 5.9 face, protected by 2 bolts, can be made a little easier by stemming off the tree.

Belay from the top anchor and bring your partner up, then scramble another 5' up to the summit of Avalon, an airy and beautiful place.

To descend, we rappelled back to the tree at the start. There is a rap anchor on this tree (two sling and a locking biner). We rappelled from here to the start of Ancient Fright. The 4th-class downclimb looked a little hairy, so we went over to the anchor atop Ancient Light and rappelled back to the ground from there.

If you're looking for some adventure climbing in Boulder Canyon, check the combination of Ancient Light, Ancient Fright, and Resurrection. The summit of Avalon is a neat place to visit.

We applied a wire brush and whisk broom on our rappel descent, but the routes could still use more cleaning.

By Ron Olsen
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 17, 2006
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

In June 2006, Richard Rossiter added a 2-bolt anchor near the start of Resurrection. You can rappel from this anchor to the ledge at the start of Ancient Fright with a 60m rope.

By Richard Rossiter
Jul 3, 2007

The tree above the finish to Ancient Fright is gone as of October 2005. A gigantic boulder tipped over and shattered the tree, but did not quite break it off. Thus the boulder teetered precariously against the tree, 200 feet above the approach gully.

I came up with a tree surgeon's saw on a 10-foot fibre glass pole and cut the tree until it snapped under the weight of the boulder. This was a hairy opperation as I had to get down even with the base of the tree to wield the saw. This boulder was literally the size of a VW bug, but of solid granite. It is difficult to even speculate how much it weighed. When the boulder fell it ripped a path through the forest below about 10 feet wide and 200 meters long...most of the way to Boulder Creek.

I felt I had to fell the tree under controlled circumstances rather than when the tree finally gave way on its own. In any case, you can no longer belay or rappel from this tree.

FYI: I returned during the summer of 2006 and placed a 2-bolt ring anchor on the east wall of the recess beneath Resurrection (in place of the fallen tree). Richard Rossiter

By claramie
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 19, 2007

I recommend Ancient Light P1 to Ancient Fright and the Resurrection to the top. A fun way to summit Avalon (which is really nice), but this pitch isn't great in itself.

It was a Saturday and we saw nobody all day, until we went back down near Ripcord, where there were 10 - 15 people.