|The Grizzly Grotto
This route begins under a massive roof with a burly start, and works up into a shallow, left-facing corner (possible rest). Continue up overhanging terrain, trending slightly left. Following the same amazing crack system to the top, clawing your way past 2 more roofs. Step left on to the ledge with 2 ring anchors. Sustained and fun, it is well-protected (almost too much so) and climbs a little like Amphibian. It is possible to do a Figure 9 to work over the first roof. The first few moves are the hardest, after that it eases off a bit on great holds. It is becoming one of the best drytool routes in Vail!
You will find this route approximately 10m left of the large Grotto. It is best viewed when just East of it, looking up West. You can't miss the fixed gear.
9 bolts (all but the first have fixed draws), 2 ring anchor on top.
Elias leading thru the first roof crux. The Grott...
BETA PHOTO: Griz pulling the 3rd roof on the FA. Gives an ide...
Elias shaking it out and working through the secon...
Fine footwork will get you through the start.
From: Vail, CO
Apr 16, 2012
Awesome route that climbs very well. Get on it!