|Type:||Trad, Sport, 3 pitches, 120'|
|Consensus:||YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]|
|FA:||Zach Orenczak and Rachael Lynn|
|Submitted By:||Brian S on Jul 26, 2011|
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By Brian S
Jul 26, 2011
|This is a fun route. The first pitch had lichen in the crack. It should clean up with more ascents. "THE VOO: Rock Climbing in Vedauwoo" lists it as 5.9/A0. I onsight free climbed the A0 bolt ladder on the third pitch on 07/24/11. It is hard to grade onsights, but I would guess 5.11a.|
By Jason Albino
From: San Francisco, CA
Jul 18, 2013
We did this on our last of 5 days in The Voo - a gorgeous day at Upper Blair with zero humans out there except us.
A good warmup to this is to do the 5.8 one-pitch rightward crack next to this route, take a lunch break in the cool nook, and then proceed.
The first pitch felt easy for me at 5.9 in terms of restfulness between harder moves. In our overall fatigue for the week, we missed reading the left-traverse beta for P2, instead attempting to go straight up the left-facing corner crack (guessing this probably goes free at ~5.10b especially with gorilla hands/feet), where I got shot down before finding the correct and MUCH easier traverse to finish the pitch.
With a few slings, one can easily link P2 with the P3 aid pitch (which goes easily after pulling on a couple quickdraws) using a 60m rope. This will get you to the interesting mini-summit, with great views of the other Upper Blair formations. One short rap to the P2 bolts, followed by one longer rap (still well within a 60m rope's reach) will get you to the ground.
By John Maurer
From: Denver, CO
Aug 9, 2015
|I'm all for safety, but the bolt on the first pitch is not necessary. The move itself is more 5.7 than 5.9 and is just a few feet off the ground. Gear is immediately available before any further commitment. I'm all for safety and making moderates accessible, but this seems to be a major departure from the Vedauwoo ethic. I'm not an amazing climber or anything, I have been climbing here since 1993 . . . just my 2 cents worth. Beautiful area.|