Type: Sport
FA: Rick and Pat Thompson, 1998
Page Views: 3,944 total · 18/month
Shared By: Jesse Ryan on May 3, 2001
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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This is about halfway down Contest Wall (left side of Sand Gulch). It is the rightmost route of three on the left wall of an inside corner (Cactus Drop to left, and Little Mecca to its left). This is a fine route that ascends a clean face via edges and pockets. One admires the moves as one moves through interesting cruxes over small overlaps.


7 bolts to a 2 bolt anchor.


Superb route! Better than 3 stars. One of the best moderate 11's at Shelf. I can't believe it took this long to bolt it. Varied and sustained moves up perfect rock. The opening moves are a series of sinker pockets with a couple of edges thrown in. The crux is about half way up and is a thin undercling to clear a small (6")roof. A good shake is just beyond and then some slightly easier moves leads to the anchors. Dec 27, 2001
Kreighton Bieger
Kreighton Bieger  
Great route, one of the best I've done at Shelf!

Based on other 11s I've done at Shelf, and in keeping with Rico's 'slash' grade system (imho, a good one), I'd call this 5.11a/b. Mar 10, 2003
A few days ago I broke a very solid looking foothold off around the 3rd bolt. Be careful out there and remember to wear a helmet! Nov 26, 2012
Jordan Hirro
Colorado Springs/Carbondale
Jordan Hirro   Colorado Springs/Carbondale
A truly amazing route. Unquestionably one of my favorite 11s at Shelf. Without a doubt a must do. Dec 22, 2013
Jake Dickerson
Lander, WY
Jake Dickerson   Lander, WY  
Super fun route! I pulled a big sharp hold off at the top of the route on the right side. Just be aware of loose rock on the right side. Feb 8, 2015
Adam Block
Colorado Springs, CO
Adam Block   Colorado Springs, CO
Couldn't stop grinning on this route. The direct finish adds some more fun thin moves, no need to head right into the choss. Clip the chains with a hand jam for style points! Oct 23, 2016
Derek Young
Denver, CO
Derek Young   Denver, CO
Awesome route! !!!Heads up!!! Crimp at crux bolt after sidepulls flexes, and you can see the fracture line. It'll fly off soon. Nov 20, 2016
Alex Costakis
Denver, CO
Alex Costakis   Denver, CO
The X'd crimp at the crux is solid if you pull down. The left side might flex. If you skip it, give the route an extra letter grade or two. Oct 29, 2018
Patrick Vernon
Estes Park, CO
Patrick Vernon   Estes Park, CO
The crimp at the crux gave a loud, audible pop while I was pulling on it. It will definitely come off with enough traffic. Nov 23, 2018 · Temporary Report