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The lichen streaked, 5 bolt line Salsa Verde.
This climb begins with easy moves between incut horizontals, however, once the first bolt is reached your ability to use fingertip crimps and a sidepull off of a flake will be amply tested. The crux sequence is between the 2nd and 4th bolts where the wall is slightly overhanging. Definitely a worthwhile climb while in the area.
Downhill from the classic Death and Transfiguration is this fun sport route with five bolts that ends at a two bolt rap anchor. An optional 3.5" cam is may be placed in a horizontal before reaching the first bolt.
Tony Bubb follows on the spicy but sweet 'Salsa Ve...
|By Steve Annecone|
Oct 3, 2005
I thought this route was excellent! Very clean and sharp edges, somewhat perplexing moves at the crux which was between the 3rd and 4th bolts, and really continuous 5.11 climbing for virtually every move between 3rd and 5th bolts! Clipping the 4th bolt is not easy due to the very tenuous stance. Quite sustained at the grade, I thought this was similar in difficulty to Mellow Yellow or Fox Trot or False Prophet in Eldo... might even seem stiff at 11d? If you make the monster hike to do D & T and want some more challenge, you should definitely hop on this one!
|By Tony B|
From: Around Boulder, CO
Oct 4, 2005
Both I and my partner found this route to be an interesting combination of possibilities- powerful clings and reaches or intricate balance. He, being the better climber, did it on clever and delicate footwork. I, being the ogre, powered up most of it with the exception of one move that I thought better of not doing so. For that move both of used the same technique - the most interesting part of the climb all-together. The friable flake that both were concerned of breaking off. It was thin and flexing and left us both goose-stepping for balance and wandering how hard this route will get someday when it is gone. Though the bolts are close enough to keep you safe, be mindful of that flake. This route was already leagues harder than Death and Transfiguration.
|By Rob Kepley|
Apr 24, 2007
I got of this last year while in the area after climbing D&T. Excellent face with crisp edges. I remember being a little concerned with the old "homemade" hangers. It didn't help much with committing to the moves.
|By Kat A|
From: Bart and Lisa Ville, CO
Sep 6, 2009
Fantastic route - it's really is tricky to figure out the moves. Technical, yet it felt pumpy. The bolts are spaced reasonably close but I did not want to fall on the 3rd and 4th bolts (that's my excuse for hanging... he he, but really, they're not very comforting). Next time we're bringing a couple screamers. Funny this is listed as 11c, and Death and Transfiguration is listed 11b - this route felt much harder than DnT.
|By Tony B|
From: Around Boulder, CO
Sep 9, 2009
Having done this one and D&T both twice each, and both on the same day as the other on those two different occasions, I'd give Salsa Verde 3-4 letter grades harder. I always found D&T easy at the given grade and Salsa Verde a bit sandbagged, even on TR/follow. 10d/11a and 11d, respectively.
|By Jason Haas|
From: Broomfield, CO
Sep 10, 2009
Years ago I got utterly spanked on this route. I went back a few months later with a buddy of mine and got spanked again and so I told my buddy that if he could flash it, I'd buy him a 6-pack. Not only did he flash it, he down-graded it. I chalked the incident off to Brian being a slab/vert master and me being a wanker. When I was working on the guidebook, I wanted to upgrade the route but kept remembering Brian flowing effortlessly up this thing. In the end, I left the grade the way it was, especially since most people I asked who had done the line didn't have too much of an opinion about the grade. To me, it's still a sandbag.
|By Paul Glover|
Jul 5, 2010
One hikes forever up the mountain, finally sees the super proud crack of D&T blasting to the top of the formation, and then notices this horrid, little, crimpy pimpy pile to the left and feels insulted it even exists, esp. alongside a timeless classic. I have put up a lot of bad routes even worse than this one. It is true I hate slabs and face, since it is all sissy climbing no matter how X rated it gets, but this route I found more annoying than usual. The climbing has no flow and the thought of carrying a drill up for this thing amazed me. Enjoy the painful, crusty crimps.
|By kevin murphy|
Apr 28, 2011
So, Paul, any thoughts on this route....