Type: Sport, TR, 45 ft
FA: Ed Ash, Julie, and Charlie
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Shared By: Michael Komarnitsky on Dec 31, 2000
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Start on the right face of a slab with a fun roof about 15 feet off the ground. Work up towards the right corner, up and over onto the ledge. Stay on the face, and work the crimp moves (crux). Move straight up; you're finished when you can reach into the large crack on the right side.

Note, over the years, this route has become quite polished in places, but the polish factor is reduced during cooler months of the year.


4 (now 6) bolts to a 2 chain anchor.

Originally, this route was led with gear and 1 bolt. Then, another bolt was added, then 2 more. Recently, 2 more bolts were added.
Route # 5 in the picture is The Virus 12a*. It actually has 4 bolts (I think) with the hard climbing well protected. Crux is early. -JM Jan 6, 2004
Richard M. Wright
Lakewood, CO
Richard M. Wright   Lakewood, CO
"The Virus" may be the cheeziest 5.12 on the planet. Jan 10, 2004
Nothing much to say except that this is a fun climb with a nice little roof near the bottom and some fun face climbing at the top. Good combo. The first clip isn't as runout as it looks. It's high but easy to get to. I think the 5.8+ grade is about right by NTM standards. Jul 1, 2004
Michael J Yarros
Colorado Springs, CO
Michael J Yarros   Colorado Springs, CO
This is a nice route. Oct 6, 2004
Ryan Bibler
Ryan Bibler   MT
I think 5.8 is a little stiff, I've run into trouble just above the roof move. May 1, 2006
Ian Welch
Denver, CO
  5.8+ PG13
Ian Welch   Denver, CO
  5.8+ PG13
The holds on this route where really gunked up and slippery. I'm sure it's from all the traffic this route sees. Head over to Windy days or Deck Chairs for some better routes. Oct 5, 2006
jparvis   Lakewood
I think Lemons, Limes, and Tangerines is much easier if you're taller and/or have a long reach. I climbed this on top-rope. Compared to my wife (5'6" but often smoother than me on the rock), I (6'2") had a much easier time reaching up and pulling through the meager sections. If you're tall, this may feel a bit easier than the 5.8+ suggested. I write this for beginners like myself --- this is a fun route and well worth your attention; nice, varied moves. (Of course I can't speak to leading it... I haven't [can't yet]). Apr 23, 2007
Jimn Seiler
North Platte, NE
Jimn Seiler   North Platte, NE
Mid way up on this route the holds are like soap dishes in the shower. Insane how slick it was, I could see this being a good route but until myself or someone else gets a brush and gets that chalk off the holds I would only give this route one star. There was so much chalk my shoes were slipping off holds. Aug 19, 2007
Bryan Wilson
Littleton, CO
Bryan Wilson   Littleton, CO
"You're finished when you can reach into the large crack on the right side"

Ss this the general consensus on the route? The very top (to the bolts) isn't part of this one as a 5.8+? Oct 20, 2007
Ken Trout
Golden, CO
Ken Trout   Golden, CO
I had this incorrectly named as "Old Unnamed Roof Route" in the Old R&I topo. FIRST ASCENT, 1990: ED ASH, CHARLIE, AND JULIE. I'll get Julie's last name in ASAP. Charlie, are you out there?

Lemons, Limes, and Tangerines was originally done on natural gear. Ed, Julie, and Charlie also put up Brain Cloud, another one of Table's better routes.

To me, the moves are not much easier than Hair City or West Buttress and I love slippery! For those not familiar, both Eldo routes were rated 5.8 in High Over Boulder and are now rated solid 5.9. Leading Lemons, Limes, and Tangerines in the style of the first ascent feels a lot harder than 5.8 too! Jan 5, 2008
J. Fox
Black Hawk, CO
J. Fox   Black Hawk, CO
This was the first route I ever climbed on rock. October 2006 I did it on TR. This past week, 10/15/08 I came back to try it again on lead. It was my sixth route of the day and I couldn't get past the face moves beyond the roof. The route is slicker than snot on ice and I took my first leaders fall right before the last bolt. I'm glad to know this is an .8+/.9- route. I felt kinda lame falling on it but I'd climbed an .8, .7+ and a .10a just before this. Oh well, next time I'll try and lead it first! Oct 17, 2008
colin tuck
colin tuck   Moab
I am not sure about the above mentioned possibility of a PG13 rating. Did this climb today, and if my memory serves, there were bolts about every four feet and the first clip was not hard. I thought it was one of the more overprotected routes I've done. Pretty stiff for an 8, but too soft for a 9. Dec 28, 2008
mikejohnson1 Johnson
Essex Junction, VT
mikejohnson1 Johnson   Essex Junction, VT
Excellent route for the grade. Thought it was stout for 5.8. Feb 8, 2009
Jackson, WY
HansF   Jackson, WY
Bolt 3 is spinning pretty heavily. Until someone tightens it, I'd be cautious of placing too much weight on it. Other than that great route! Lots of fun and variety. May 25, 2009
Ben Cassedy
Denver, CO
Ben Cassedy   Denver, CO
Fun little route. Greasy though. May 4, 2010
Choss Boss
Barrre, VT
Choss Boss   Barrre, VT
5.8+ only because of how freaking slimy this thing is.... Aug 23, 2010
William Thiry
Las Vegas
William Thiry   Las Vegas
This may have been 5.8 when the holds weren't greasy. Good climb, but it's closer to 5.9 now. Sep 23, 2013
Andrew Locke
Louisville, CO
Andrew Locke   Louisville, CO
I'm sure this route was great when it wasn't so greasy. The moves are interesting, and the roof is fun. That said, having done several 10s in Boulder Cnyon, this thing feels much harder than 5.8, and the greasy holds made it a less than stellar climb. Jun 3, 2014
Evan Crumpecker
Colorado Springs
Evan Crumpecker   Colorado Springs
Awesome climb! Most of the moderate ratings at the cliffs felt just a wee bit stout (cough cough, old school, cough cough, sandbagged) to me, this route being no exception, but don't let that deter you from climbing this one. Very fun movements and one of the better routes I've climbed here. I dunno about the greasiness, didn't feel too bad to me, but that's probably because I did it in February in 60 degree weather, warmer days might be a different story. Mar 10, 2016
Cody Goldberg
Lakewood, Colorado
Cody Goldberg   Lakewood, Colorado
Bolt 4's hanger spins, but it is a super fun route. Mar 10, 2017
Brian Carver
Boulder, Co
Brian Carver   Boulder, Co
This is the greasiest rock I have ever touched. Put a hand towel in your chalkbag, and wear crampons. Mar 30, 2017
Keith W
Keith W  
Good warm-up. Stiff at 5.8, but it's all there! Get on it early to reduce the grease factor. The roof move was great! Nov 20, 2017
Eddy K
Westminster, CO
Eddy K   Westminster, CO
Beware that the lobster claw at the anchor has a bent spring wire that totally stabbed me when I reached for it. Don't get tetanus. Apr 2, 2018
Larry Shaw
Boulder, CO
Larry Shaw   Boulder, CO
Polished holds, nice overhang and face movement. This feels on par with many other .9s at NTM, a sandbag at an .8. Nov 29, 2018