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Splash

5.11c/d, Sport, 70 ft,  Avg: 2.3 from 14 votes
FA: Tod Anderson, 1998
Colorado > Golden > Clear Creek Canyon > River Wall
Access Issue: Seasonal Raptor Closures Details

Description

Splash starts off the ledge on the right side of the block. Squeeze behind the block to a belay anchor. Splash heads up the west face of the block and on to the main wall proper. Two clips and a thinish 5.11c/d move initiate the route and dust the crux. Jog left above the block and immediately jog back right to head up on more moderate terrain. A bit run out higher up, but the climbing eases back to 5.9. Good continuous climbing on largely fine rock that has been well bolted give the line two stars. Splash is route number 10 in Rolofson's guide to Clear Creek. Since it begins on the mid-level ledge, use one of the approach pitches. Starting up on Grilled Trout (#3, out of the water), lands you at the base of Splash without scrambling the ledge and makes for a logical two pitch climb.

Protection

QD only. This 70ft route needs 9 - 10 draws and something for the two bolt anchor at the top.

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The River Wall.<br>
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[[L->R]]http://www.mountainproject.com/v/river-wall/105744714 for the crag.
[Hide Photo] The River Wall. L->R for the crag.
Bouldering the Chockstone.
[Hide Photo] Bouldering the Chockstone.

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[Hide Comment] Alan is right. There is a second 5.11- crux about halfway up. Match on the sloper and then you gotta throw to a good (but sharp) hold. (It ripped the tip off my friend Brian's pinky). It is well worth it though to stick with it because the view from the anchors is absolutely beautiful in the afternoon sunlight (once again, only if you can block out the big rigs rolling by not too far away). There is some vegetation in the crack at the top, and please be mindful and leave it as you found it. Good route! I think that the crux can be made easier (perhaps) if you go out to the corner and do a couple tosses to slopers. They're good holds and definitely take away the "thinnish" nature of the crux (which actually is a) boulder problem. Aug 21, 2002
blakeherrington
  5.11c
[Hide Comment] The two-bolt boulder problem (V1 if short?) is the crux of the climb. I didn't find any 5.11 past the first 15 feet. Jun 1, 2009
Geoff U
Centennial, CO
  5.11c
[Hide Comment] Perhaps I did it wrong, but I found the roof to be the crux (11c), with the first two bolts not being too tricky (11a). Jun 2, 2014