Type: Sport
FA: Bob D'Antonio
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Shared By: Jesse Ryan on May 3, 2001
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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This is located just around the corner to the left from Surreal Estate Wall. Climbs just right of Sparkle in the Rain (12c) up a heavily pocketed, left-facing crack, then cut right to a shelf and then again up. The crux sequence leaves a solid flake on thin holds up a shallow corner. Nice moves continue up to the anchor.


8 bolts to 2 bolt anchor.


Richard M. Wright
Lakewood, CO
Richard M. Wright   Lakewood, CO
Let's assume that if we use a star system in the context of this site, it reflects personal opinion and not consensus. Once Upon A Time starts several feet left of Stormy Weather, and is usually better rated than Stormy. Run up a seam to a right angling system of pockets and blocky edges. Hang further right to more straight forward face climbing and a few thinish pockets. Never much harder than upper 5.10, the climbing on Once Upon a Time is decent, but not, in my mind, as satisfying as the lines on the Surreal Estate Wall. It can be used to set up a TR on Sparkle In The Rain which has a beautiful system of edges pulling the crux bulge. Without Sparkle sitting just left, Once Upon A Time would probably not see a lot of traffic. However, the chance to get the draws on Sparkle is way too much to pass up. Oct 25, 2001
My partner and I both enjoyed this route. It flows well. The first half allows for stemming, mantels and underclings. The right part of the flake after you start moving right is broken. Be careful not to use this as a hold and pull it down on your belayer. Moving above the second pointed flake can be done by just cranking or with a heel hook. Good route. Dec 30, 2002
Dean Cool
Boulder, CO
Dean Cool   Boulder, CO
The holds got thin after the large flake. I think the bolts were placed too far left. It seemed like I was holding on with my left and cross clipping with my right for the last 3-4 bolts. Fun climb though. Oct 19, 2009
Golden, CO
Monty   Golden, CO  
I think this route is falling apart.... I really enjoyed it when I first did it 4 years ago, but since then, I feel like a lot of the rock is very suspect. Watch out for some big loose blocks moving to the anchor, spicy. Apr 26, 2010
Jay Samuelson
Denver CO
Jay Samuelson   Denver CO
Did this route yesterday, and didn't notice any large, loose blocks up high, and neither did my partner. Could be that I just wasn't paying attention though. Jan 15, 2011
Ivan Rezucha
Fort Collins, CO
Ivan Rezucha   Fort Collins, CO
The clip after standing was difficult off of thin tips. Higher up was scary for me with another difficult clip out left leaning off of sloped side pull. Mar 21, 2011
Geoff U
Centennial, CO
Geoff U   Centennial, CO
Did a couple days ago - a huge flake had been pulled off, and there is a decent blank section. Someone wrote 5.12? on the flake with chalk at the base of the climb. Not sure if it's 5.12- but a least 11+ now.... Nov 16, 2015
Eliot Augusto
Eliot Augusto   Colorado
I tried this route, and I agree with the previous comment. I wouldn't argue if it was decided at 11+, but I think it's 12a now. I've definitely climbed easier 12a routes at Shelf. It's easier than Freeform but harder than Bladerunner or Spontaneous Combustion. Oct 31, 2016
Nederland, CO
ROCKMAN2   Nederland, CO
Not a warm-up.

This is certainly 12- climbing in its current state. Nov 27, 2016