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The Angel of Death (formerly listed as Drink to Puke) 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 105'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Mike Endicott & George Bracksieck, 1981, Bolted: Steve Sangdahl, John Baldwin, Tom Englebach, and Dave Salisbury, 1996.
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Submitted By: Ron Olsen on Aug 22, 2002

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BETA PHOTO: Turning the corner. Photo: Roth.

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This is the rightmost of three bolted lines on the Beer Can. It turns the huge roof on the right.

From the top of the approach trail to the Beer Can, scramble up to a small ledge with a two-bolt belay anchor. Continue 20' right to another 2-bolt belay anchor; start here.

Climb up toward the right side of the roof, onto a ramp, then chimney and stem (crux) around the roof. Continue up a slab/corner and angle left to the anchor.

Rolofson calls this route 10c, but it seemed easier.


2-bolt belay anchor. 14 bolts to a 3-bolt anchor. Bring a 60m rope and several longer runners.

The top anchor is shared by all three bolted routes on the rock.

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Lots of air below you on this one.... Photo: Roth.
Lots of air below you on this one.... Photo: Roth.

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By George Bracksieck
May 30, 2011

Mike Endicott led me up this route in Sept 1981. Most of the climb had no good pro. We called it (and the rock) The Angel of Death. The rock resembles a Darth Vader-like creature with wings folded down. The route climbs along the left edge of the right-hand wing.
By Steve Sangdahl
From: eldo sprngs,co
May 30, 2011

George, that must have been an impressive lead by Mike. I can imagine there was hardly any gear at all let alone any good gear. Since there was no record of your ascent on the rock or any guidebook as of 1996, we bolted it. If you guys are sure this is the same line (and I believe it probably is) and Mike wishes to see the bolts removed, I will gladly remove them.
We named it the Beer Can for the 30 year old Coors Cans we found wedged on the summit block. Peace, Steve S.
By George Bracksieck
Jun 1, 2011

Steve -- No worries. I don't think first ascenders own the rock, anyway.

Every time I've driven up the canyon since we climbed it, I've reminisced about it. Now I'd like to clip those bolts (and the others on the rock). So leave 'em there.
By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Jun 1, 2011

Wow, you guys play nicely together. Ice cream for both of you!
Seriously- I wouldn't have guessed that it was a free route before the bolts either, so I can see where the mistake got made. Nice that you are both taking it in stride.
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