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Technicolor Arete 

YDS: 5.12b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 85'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6b [details]
FA: Tony Yaniro, 1987
Season: North east facing
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Submitted By: bheller on Jun 23, 2009

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The bouldery crux is encountered as you move through crimps and huecos around the 2nd bolt. Stay focused and give'er as you punch it through this low boulder problem- you will be rewarded with a full recovery rest in the horizontal break above. The climbing above the horizonatal break is 5.11 at the hardest and pleasantly steep, exposed, and airy.


This is the beautiful lichen brightened arete found on the north side of the Building Blocks formation.


Bolts with optional gear in the horizontal (big finger piece?) and a small nut/ blue tcu in a seam up higher. You also may want a stickclip.

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By Brendan N. (grayhghost)
From: Salt Lake City, Utah
Oct 19, 2009

two small finger pieces protect the seams (green, red or yellow C3)

great boulder problem
By Jack Lazar
From: Portland, OR
Jun 28, 2014
rating: 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b

The location of this route can't be beat. The low crux following the dishes seemed harder than 12b to me and my two climbing partners. Maybe we simply didn't work out the sequence, but we all threw ourselves at the low crux for a solid chunk of time each. The falls are super clean, though. Well done Mr. Yaniro.
By Chris Humphries
From: LA
Jul 14, 2014

I had looked at this line for 15 years and finally got up the nerve to give it a go. Bouldery start seemed significantly easier to be tall, but run out with no gear to third bolt kept it spicy. Top moves out of the horizontal were really fun and then easy run out to the last bolt. One of the best and most classic in the City!
By Mr. Stevens
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 25, 2015
rating: 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b

Wow! You'll be so psyched if you get on this thing! The climbing is nails hard until the horizontal, and there's probably a couple ways of doing it. I stayed left of the 2nd bolt using razor crimps and some funky left thumb gaston while getting my right foot into the hueco. Make sure you've got strong fingers and leather tips!

The 3rd bolt is in the worst place possible. If you blow that clip you could certainly deck. Bring a few nuts or a 0.5 camalot/orange metolius to place before the clip. Small nuts or puple metolius work in the upper seam.
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