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Quick Silver 

YDS: 5.11- French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10b/c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Ed Ash? energized bolter(s)?
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Submitted By: Leo Paik on Oct 8, 2009

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BETA PHOTO: Tally O'Donnell on Quicksilver, belayed by brother...

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This is the center variation of three options that starts in the nook on this northwest aspect of this crag. It has a brief crux with the bulk of the difficulties in its second half.

Start up in a nook past 2 bolts. Continue up a slab with a footsy crux (a bit squeezed here, since you can reach left a touch bolts on the left variation - which would give a lower grade). You could strain a bit harder and eliminate a good hold on the left to challenge yourself. You can also easily veer left and make the route go at 5.10. Go up to an overlap, choose the left of 2 options here. Find a second crux (10) and fire for the 2 bolt anchor with Mussy hooks on the left.

Some have called this 5.10.

Others have provided a name, Quicksilver. This may have been climbed in the 1980s by Ed Ash.


This is the center variation of three options up a slab that starts in the nook on this northwest aspect of this crag.


9-10 bolts.

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By Robert Buswold
From: Longmont, CO
Sep 9, 2012
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Really liked this route, but didn't think it was that hard. Hopefully it just means I'm getting better.
By doug rouse
From: Denver, CO.
Jun 24, 2013

Fun line. Pic has the climber in the crux. 5.10b/c seemed about right, as shorter climbers have to suss out slightly harder sequence. Being 6' felt like an advantage.
By ConnerM555
From: Denver
May 7, 2014

I also didn't think this route felt that hard, but maybe it is a sign of improvement. ^^^^^^
By Andy B
Aug 16, 2014

Fun. If you don't bail left at the 5th bolt, this will definitely feel 10+ (maybe 11-). I'd call it 10c if you go left. It's bolted very well and is fun regardless.
By Jake Riggs
From: Boulder, Colorado
Apr 26, 2015

Sweet little line, solid 10b. Slabby 5.8/9 climbing leads to an interesting sequence at the bulge.
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