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Routes in The Case Face

DIC S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Easy Case T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Hard Case T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Head Case T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Just in Case T,S 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a R
Space Case T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Territorial Imperative T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
Type: Trad, 70 ft
FA: Todd Swain, Donette Swain, George Reid, and Catriona Reid, 1994
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Shared By: Matt Faust on Nov 3, 2004
Admins: Larry DeAngelo, Justin Johnsen

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RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Details


This route is located in the middle of the Case Face and climbs through the white lower half of the cliff up into dark varnish. Mostly good face climbing, protected by nuts and cams in the varnish where possible, bolts where not. The beginning is a little weird, with awkward moves to get to the first bolt. Since the protection looked pretty marginal from the ground, we toproped this climb by first climbing Space Case, then doing a second pitch up and right to get to the Head Case anchors. Once we got on the face, protection opportunities were more obvious.


Several bolts and small to medium gear.
josh holcomb
Las Vegas, NV
josh holcomb   Las Vegas, NV
One of the best sport climbs in all of RR for the grade. Nov 22, 2014
Edward Pyune
Las Vegas, NV
Edward Pyune   Las Vegas, NV
No need for extra protection. The shuts are a little rusted by the bolt and the right one is a little loose, but felt fairly solid. I supplemented with a small nut up and to the left of the anchors. Nov 26, 2012
Andy Hansen
Longmont, Colorado
Andy Hansen   Longmont, Colorado
It is not unreasonable to lead this on only bolts. Good movement, great holds and quality stone. Jan 31, 2012
Oakland Park, Florida
Floridaputz   Oakland Park, Florida
Very nice climb, 4 bolts, nice face climbing 80 ft. Sandstone balls like on "lotta Balls" Probably 5.8+. The first 25 ft is heady. Shut anchor. Nov 9, 2008
Salt Lake City, Utah
46and2   Salt Lake City, Utah
Surprisingly good/fun route; crux is right after clipping the first bolt and is a little tough for 5.8 IMO; but overall its probably a good grade for this fun route. May 24, 2007
Tom Fralich
Fort Collins, CO
Tom Fralich   Fort Collins, CO
The route has four bolts, but is well protected by slinging a horn/plate between the 2nd and 3rd bolts and then a 0.3 Camalot or Green Alien in a horizontal above the last bolt. Nov 12, 2006