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Easy climbing to here...the arete moves of the fir...
Eds. this route is actually the retrobolted line of Quantum Mechanics
Just what I was looking for: another Mark Tarrant route. But what a first ascent team!! Who has not done at least 500 of Dan Hare's routes? And here we find Mark and Dan together on nothing more significant than a nifty approach to Super Slab. Not a waste of great talent however. This fine pitch is often done as a quick after-work one pitch route on superb stone or the absolutely best approach to Super Slab. You can approach Super Slab either via the ramp that takes you to the top of Suparete and the rap tree, both at the crows nest below Super Slab, or by humping around the to the West side of Redgarden. About half way up is a large tree directly below Super Slab. From here you can approach Super Slab via its (lousy) direct start or by scrambling up right to the start of Suparete.
The arete is on perfect, yellow, Eldo sandstone. The arete proper goes on four bolts at 5.11a. I found a nice spot for a couple of # 1 or 2 TCUs, after the last bolt, that took the tweak factor right back down into the black zone. Leave the TCUs behind and red line the final moves up to the tree.
Two stars for the striking, but not obvious arete, nice continuous climbing, fun moves, and a great warm-up for the rest of Super Slab. In retrospect, it's hard to imagine why the regular direct start was ever used (perhaps it was the bolts needed on the otherwise pro-less Suparete).
QDs only. Bring along some wind-sucking-icy-blue-steel nads or a couple of TCUs with your draws. Four bolts protect this 70 feet approach to Super Slab. It can be done as a fine one-pitch route itself and has a rap station at the tree on the right.
Fully engaged on the 1st crux. Good feet, decent h...
At the surprising 2nd crux moving left from the la...
At the first bolt. It's easy climbing up to here e...
Starting the first crux at the 2nd bolt.
Trying to move left at the 2nd crux at the 4th bol...
|By Anonymous Coward|
Jan 1, 2001
Escalar - I really like this route and have done it several times. Yes, you do need a small cam (blue Metolius tcu or fcu) about 8 feet above the last bolt. I usually belay about 15 feet below the ledge at a perfect crack (1.5 to 2.5 Friends) so that you can see your partner work out the crux, which is a bit reachy. With the supplemental gear, it is a very well protected climb and the perfect start to any of the routes that begin above the lower ramp (SuperSlab, Rosy...). Otherwise, you can rappel from the tree off to the right, or down climb from the top part of the lower ramp to the base of the route.
|By George Bell|
From: Boulder, CO
Mar 22, 2004
Yikes, this route is a brutal "warm up" for Superslab, considering it is harder. Of course better protected, I guess. I had an epic time following Suparete, but not Superslab.
|By Tony B|
From: Around Boulder, CO
May 31, 2004
I think the book was right when it said 11a/b. There is no certain grade as it is quite height and reach dependent.
|By Ivan Rezucha|
From: Boulder, CO
Dec 18, 2004
Our party agreed the crux was moving left at the last bolt. Barely in balance with hard to see and figure hand holds.
The steep part at the 2nd and 3rd bolts wasn't as bad as it looked from below after figuring the sequence, but hard to onsight if you're not strong enough to hang out for a while. I wasn't, for sure.
Clips are easy.
This assumes you meeet a certain height/reach standard...
You can TR from the ground with a 60m rope from gear (0.4 to #2 Camalot) in the crack above the final overhang.
|By Rob Kepley|
Apr 6, 2007
Excellent route with fun moves on the lower crux. The upper "standup" crux is quite reachy. Great apph pitch to D-G, Superslab....
|By Paul Hunnicutt|
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 5, 2008
There is already a "useless" bolt at the top of this climb. Why not add a second with rings so that this can be easily TR'ed, cleaned, and rapped from? Yeah there is the tree to the right to rap from, but you can't see this bolt from the ground at all and why wear on the tree. Slings on the tree are visible from the approach trail.
|By Kent Pease|
From: Littleton, Colorado
Aug 19, 2009
There is a very loose block at the top of the ramp where the business part of the route begins. A bit bigger than a 12-pack, but flatter. It is on the ledge and a natural stepping stone for the left foot when transitioning to the vertical. Beware!
|By Richard Radcliffe|
From: Louisville, CO
Apr 9, 2010
Paul H. said:
"There is already a "useless" bolt at the top of this climb. Why not add a second with rings so that this can be easily TR'ed, cleaned, and rapped from?"
Agreed. The single bolt is really stupid.
|By Chris Archer|
Apr 9, 2010
Any climber can apply to ACE's Fixed Hardware Review Committee to add another bolt. If the climbing community agrees, the application is usually approved by the Park. www.aceeldo.org/fhrc/application.php
|By Mark Tarrant|
Apr 12, 2010
That odd bolt at the top was there before the FA. It's not in a good spot for an anchor, since it's over the top of the steep stuff and would be well over 100' from the base. I usually belay off gear about 15' lower and then scramble up and right to descend. A useful sport anchor would need to be relocated, I think.
From: Arvada, CO
Apr 24, 2012
Fun time, only bringing draws. Get excited for the runout at the top!