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Atras T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Back in Time T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Black Magic Panties T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R
Fold Out T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Hop Route T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
One More For Jules! T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Sensuous Mortician T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
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Type: Trad, 120 ft
FA: Nick Nordblom and Jon Martinet, 1979
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Access Issue: Red Rock RAIN AND WET ROCK: The sandstone is fragile and is very easily damaged when wet. Details


This is route "C" in the photo.

Swain book says this is "one of the best moderate routes at Red Rocks". I would change that to "best moderate single-pitch routes", but it's still a very nice route. Very nice climbing. Starts in a fracture about 25 feet left of Fold Out. The fracture peters out about halfway up, follow it up and right onto a black streak where face climbing (small nuts in seams and slots) leads to the roof above - sort of wander for the easiest path. Juggy moves through the roof to the anchor. Rap with two ropes.


Small to medium cams, lots of small to medium wires, 2 bolt anchor w/chains.
L. Hamilton
L. Hamilton  
An interesting 5.7-ish second pitch exists, starting up and left from the belay. Climb steep, featured rock past small overlaps to a white slab with old bolt, then continue to the summit of the formation. Descend by mixed downclimbing and a tree rappel in the exposed gully behind the left side of the formation (nontrivial). May 13, 2004
J. Thompson
denver, co
J. Thompson   denver, co
I believe swain gives this an R rating, This is not the case. There is plenty of gear, like alot of RR route's on varnished faces the gear doesn't become apparent until you are almost on top of it.Very fun route! May 5, 2005
Loved this climb! I felt there were some tricky pro placements(pockets and some funky, chossy horizontal cracks),at the start of the sections of varnished, somewhat blank face climbing. The entire Necromancer wall was shaded in the morning ,up until about noon when the sun started to show itself at the top of the route and at the base. May 27, 2005
city, state
alpinglow   city, state
SPECTACULAR!!!! Sep 3, 2006

this is probably my favorite pitch of 5.7 at red rocks. Apr 23, 2007
George Bell
Boulder, CO
5.9 PG13
George Bell   Boulder, CO
5.9 PG13
"Favorite 5.7 pitch"?? How can that be, isn't it 5.9? Oct 9, 2008

the guidebook says 5.9, but low angled slab + tons of jugs does not = 5.9. if you compared this to similar pitches at old, established, baseline areas the pitch would probably get 5.7.

just trying to inject some reality into the 'consensus' driven (ie inflated) grading that seems so prevalent these days. Oct 10, 2008
AWinters   NH  
pretty dang good, not quite "classic". Dec 23, 2008
It's 5.9 Slim. I'd even say it's a heady one at that. I really enjoy this route or that reason. Jan 2, 2009
George Bell
Boulder, CO
5.9 PG13
George Bell   Boulder, CO
5.9 PG13
I followed this route last weekend and IMHO it deserves at least a PG13 rating. Definitely a great route, but not for beginning 5.9 leaders. Apr 20, 2011
Replaced the anchor on this one a while ago and forgot to mention it. This route is pretty damn great and is probably PG13/R or close to it by most people's estimation. That's not taking away from the great rock and interesting, mentally challenging climbing. The old anchors were rusted, featuring the largest chain I've ever seen on an anchor in Red Rock. We called this anchor "the Rime Of the Ancient Mariner" station while we were chopping it. Thanks to both of my lovely assistants- Jul 22, 2011
Bill Lawry
New Mexico
  5.9 PG13
Bill Lawry   New Mexico
  5.9 PG13
Billcoe: "It's 5.9 ... I'd even say it's a heady one at that. I really enjoy this route or that reason."


For info, a rap with a 70 meter rope won't reach the deck. But it will get you to the big horizontal ledge that runs across much of the base of the crag. From there, we traversed left and then downclimbed eventually using a strenuous undercling. Maybe one can instead traverse to the far right of the crag? ... or rap with two ropes. Oct 16, 2011
John Wilder
Las Vegas, NV
  5.9- PG13
John Wilder   Las Vegas, NV
  5.9- PG13
you can just downclimb the starting crack for the route- its only about 5.4. Oct 17, 2011
Tucson, AZ
  5.8- PG13
JMo   Tucson, AZ
  5.8- PG13
Straight off the epi chimneys, and this simply isn't 9. Amazing grace at refrigerator is a number grade harder easily. I think what is happening is it IS a heady lead. So people are mistaking 7+ or 8- PG-13 for 9. Just my opinion. I on-sighted this, except a neighboring party told me about the great nut placement right above the roof, as I was hesitating there for 10 minutes above several uninspiring pieces. The pro gets tricky halfway up and for tricky pro is also a tad sparse in places. I had 10 draws and wished I had 3 more- this route really wanders. Extend everything and don't pass up good placements. Jul 30, 2012
Not the hardest nine in the world, given, but I thought Amazing Grace was kick-you-in-the-dick old school hard for the grade, and Epi's such different climbing that it's kinda ridick to bother comparing them. I mean, Freerider on El Cap is only .12d, that's exactly like busting out Straight Outta Compton at Chiselton, right?

The heady aspect is more challenging for most than the "extreme crimping and offwidthing". That said, it's got more meat to it than Fold Out, which is Herbst .8. Thus, =9*ish*. Jul 31, 2012
Fun! A piece can be placed every 10 feet or so. While the placements aren't ideal I think they all would have held. May 13, 2013
Edward Pyune
Las Vegas, NV
  5.8 PG13
Edward Pyune   Las Vegas, NV
  5.8 PG13
Great face climbing with a roof at the end with gear spaced enough to give a little spice. Tons of fun. Did it after Fold Out and they felt about the same to me in terms of difficulty Apr 23, 2014
mmacelhi   Gunks
i am tall so i would come close to giving it Slim's 5.7 rating but can see that the roof could be harder for shorter people and those not from the Gunks. Fun climbing although a bit wandering. Gear was all there but a little funky at times. The gear was the most thoughtful part of the climb. The roof was easy and super fun May 7, 2014
Michael Kimm
Denver, CO
Michael Kimm   Denver, CO
Really really good, albeit soft at 5.9. Fantastic rock, good gear when you need it, and no real crux to speak of. A stellar pitch. Oct 5, 2014
Laine Christman
Reno, NV
Laine Christman   Reno, NV
Typical internet chest thumping above. Solid at the 5.9 grade with moves well above thin gear. Classic Red Rock route. Mar 30, 2015
Reading, VT
  5.8 PG13
JeanGClimbs   Reading, VT
  5.8 PG13
I agree this is soft for a 5.9 and I say so from the perspective of typically leading trad 5.9 as my limit. As others have said the leader needs to be good at placing gear. I found good placements including tricams all the way to the anchors. If you are solid at gear placements you shouldn't feel this to be any more than a PG rating. If you want to compare it to other climbs of like grades in Red Rock, compare it to face climbs, not chimneys and off widths which are a whole different ballgame at the same grade. Super fun climbing from bottom to top! Apr 22, 2015
Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
Tony B   Around Boulder, CO
Protection was never further than 15' apart. It did require patience, an eye, and creativity. This can be protected JUST FINE by a crafty and experienced leader, but is not for the beginning trad climber. May 29, 2015
Costa Mesa, CA
Howard   Costa Mesa, CA
Tons of good or decent pro. Thin nuts are key. Only maybe 2 small run outs: getting to leftward facing flake below roof and halfway up right after the traverse where it gets thinner and the jugs above can be a little hard to see immediately from below. Feb 21, 2016
Joanna Buffalini
Las Vegas, NV
Joanna Buffalini   Las Vegas, NV
Intense and really fun lead. The gear is small but if you pay attention it's there. Metolius and C3's came in handy. Sep 4, 2016
Great route. Bla bla bla 5.7 or 5.9. If you only have a 60 meter you can rap to the easy climbing and down climb the first 30 feet or so cuz its easy. Mar 21, 2017

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