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The Contrivance 

YDS: 5.12 French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E6 6b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
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Submitted By: Brian Weinstein on Jun 28, 2010

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Sean approaching the crux.

Photo: Micah Morgan.

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This route has great movement as a steep crack system follows to the left while the clipping happens on the right arete. Start on blocky, 11- climbing gaining the arete at which point heel hooking and crimping take over as the crack peters out. End on moderate terrain to the top.


This is the obvious steep route on the East Rib.


Draws. Although this route is well-bolted, take care on a fall to not hit the buttress behind you. The higher you get on the route (crux) the safer the fall becomes.

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Heading up to attempt the hang dog finish. not possible without Sean going as high as he did.
Heading up to attempt the hang dog finish. not pos...
Micah Morgan in the start doing better than he thought he would. <br />Photo credit: Matt Bruton.
Micah Morgan in the start doing better than he tho...
Sean Stellick pullin it down. <br />Photo credit: Micah Morgan.
Sean Stellick pullin it down.
Photo credit: Micah ...

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By mountainmicah83
From: Colorado Springs
Sep 12, 2011
rating: 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b

Concur with clevernamehere. That rock you could hit is pretty brittle too and could get your belayer. Great route though.
By S.Stelli
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Sep 12, 2011
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

Please take heed to the warning on fall potential, you could very easily hit the buttress directly behind the climber on this route. The climbing is VERY fun, though!