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The Good Stuff 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Brian Shelton, Mike Heinrichs, Stewart Green
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Submitted By: Brian Collins on Jul 6, 2008

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Dave with a key left foot at the crux.

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Easy climbing with some interesting moves to headwall (more of a bulge)... then a simple walk up past final bolt to anchors. Climb up a series of steps to and past bolt 2. For the easiest line, begin traversing right at bolt 3 and then go staight up and over using some large diagonal ledges.


Right side of a large tree on the base trail of Whale (route # 17 in Stewart Green's book). The tree is the first big one left of the landmark thin pine.


6 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Myself leading the lower portion of the route.
BETA PHOTO: Myself leading the lower portion of the route.
Rock Climbing Photo: Laura leading the Good Stuff.  Photo by Ben.
Laura leading the Good Stuff. Photo by Ben.

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By Jim Gloeckler
From: Denver, Colo.
Mar 16, 2010

If you are not worried about ratings or the lack of difficulty, this climb is just fun!! Do it and enjoy yourself for the 5 min. it takes to reach the anchors.
By Leo Paik
From: Westminster, Colorado
Mar 2, 2011

This route seemed a bit sandy. A toothbrush might come in handy.
By Arlo F Niederer
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Nov 12, 2015
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

There is a great pocket for your left foot at the crux. It's hard to see from above, so you need to remember where it is.

Reminds me of hard to see from above pockets at Shelf Road.

Climb is a bit harder if you don't use it.
By David Tennant
From: Denver, CO
Nov 13, 2015
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Route wanders from left to right and then back left, so extend your draws or enjoy the rope drag. Last 20 ft is a 4th class ramp.

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