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Routes in Friends and Family Wall

Big Backyard S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
By a Thread S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Fashionista S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C0
Help S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Junior Legonaut S 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Middle School Monkey S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Slinkenstein S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Style Man S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Description

The Friends and Family Wall is the lowest portion of the towering Redstein formation. This user-friendly slab is a great little hangout with excellent scenery, flat belay stances, and long, closely bolted, moderate climbs. The style is comparable to the long slab routes of Wall Street albeit with cobbles and better protected. The base is a bit exposed to the sun; however, so it is probably best in the spring and fall or in the evening.

Much like the Redstone Boulders, all of Redstein consists of conglomerate sandstone, a beautiful, Seuss-like formation with lightly colored bands and impacted pebbles and cobbles to pinch and grab, some of which are slipperier than you would like! There is plenty of choss, so bring a helmet and beware. Otherwise this a a great little collection of easy-ish climbs. Marvel at the great roof directly above with its unclimbed bolted line directly through the center.

L->R:

A. By a Thread, 10-, 1p, 80', bolts.
B. Style Man, 9, 1p, 90', bolts.
C. Help, 8, 1p, 90, bolts.
D. Big Backyard, 9, 1p, bolts.
E. Junior Legonaut, 8+, 1p, 90', bolts.
F. Slinkenstein, 9, 1p, 90', bolts.
G. Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, 10-, 1p, 90', bolts.
H. Middle School Monkey, 10, 1p, 90', bolts.

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Getting There

Park as for the Corkscrew boulder, cross CO Highway 113 (aiming slightly right if looking up at the wall), and find a climber's trail with a cairn. The approach is a bit long and scrambly at times but not too terrible.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Friends and Family Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Junior Legonaut
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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Style Man
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
By a Thread
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Junior Legonaut 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Style Man 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
By a Thread 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
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