Coke Bottle Rock Climbing
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This is one of the three prominent, south facing formations of Southeast Central Vedauwoo. It's sunny most of the day. From a distance, it is easily identified as the big bulge separating Fall Wall from Walt's Wall. It is very steep, grooved with vertical water streaks, embedded with warts of foreign rock, split by cracks from finger size to some that can swallow you, and as a general rule, has a gnarly surface. Needless to say, both sport and trad climbs found here kick butt. Some of the routes are 'stuff of legends', and if you can climb them you will probably become part of the story. Two routes, Silver Salute (5.13b) and Panther of the Weak (5.13a), have seen very few free ascents, and the second pitch of 'Panther', well....'have at it'! Maybe it's for you? Your endurance will be tested by the Fourth of July (5.12a, fingers and hands) and Horn's Mother (5.11a, offwidth). Space Oddity (5.12a) ascends an extremely impressive, steep slab on Coke Bottle Right and TM Chimney (5.7+) ascends the entire formation on the inside! How about that for contrast? Mainstreet, the 5.10a offwidth testpiece is located on Coke Bottle Right. So ask yourself, "am I up for the home of the hardmen?". If so, it's all yours!
Rapping down from Coke Bottle is possible from several belay/rap anchors (red dots on the topo). A rap is possible from the 'lower tier' anchors using a 60m rope (*60-80'). Use a pair of 60s from the 'top tier' anchors (*100-120'). Alternatively, there's a 2 bolt rap anchor at the top of 4th of July as well as a commonly used 2 station rap down Fall Wall (a pair of 60s is recommended for both). Alternatively, you can rappel down the Waterstreak area of Walt's Wall (three rap stations to the bottom). If all else fails, you can also hike down a well worn path on the 'backside' (NE side) of the formation into the Box Canyon.
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