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X It 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Alan Nelson
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Submitted By: Alan Nelson on Jan 13, 2001

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On the ledge near the top of X It.

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Start in a shallow crack on a slab leading to a ledge. Above the ledge, stay outside on the face rather than grovelling up a gully on the right. This puts you in a short, left-facing corner topped by a roof with a crack/seam splitting the headwall above. A fun move turns the roof but ends much too soon on a big ledge. One more clip on the wall above brings you to the anchors (shared with "Startled", which comes in from the right).


Six bolts to a two bolt anchor with rings.

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X It and Big O Flyer
BETA PHOTO: X It and Big O Flyer
Brian starting up the crux, ~5.9.
Brian starting up the crux, ~5.9.
A view down from the large ledge on X It.
A view down from the large ledge on X It.

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By shad O'Neel
Jan 17, 2004

Really fun, kinda powerful and better than it feels move through the roof, worth your time for sure.
By Jeremy Hakes
From: Golden, Colorado
Apr 25, 2006
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

The move through the roof is a lot of fun! You definitely have to commit to it, but it is well worth it.
By Buff Johnson
Apr 23, 2007
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

You know, looking at the beta pic, there's not that bolt under the overhang to this climb. OR, could be a mixed-pro climb being in the "Trad Lands".
By rob bauer
From: Golden, CO
Feb 1, 2010

Buff's right, no bolt under the roof. It's an easy reach to the bolt over the roof. Definitely not 10a, as listed in the new book. [Where they list it as Route 168, in the Overhang Area (Second Crag) section.]
By Ben Cassedy
From: Denver, CO
Jun 18, 2010
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Super fun roof, much easier than it looks and easier than the 10a listed in the new book for sure.
By William Thiry
From: Lakewood, CO
Mar 7, 2014
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

The one powerful move to get over the roof is reasonably rated at 10a - especially given the fact that the layback/side-pull for the right hand is polished. 5.11 climbers may feel it's easier, but 5.10 and lower climbers will find it's more than a casual 5.9 move. Just one move though. Some of the moves getting up to the roof and especially getting into position if you are a tall person can be delicate and awkward.
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