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Mojo Rising

5.9, Trad, 2 pitches,  Avg: 2.4 from 46 votes
FA: Richard Rossiter and Bonne Von Grebe, 1991.
Colorado > Boulder > Boulder Canyon > Elephant Buttre… > Third Buttress
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An interesting route on the third buttress with some fun roofs and jamming. Follow the trail on the N. side of the creek until you can ascend a path below the second buttress. Then hike on the water pipe until you've just passed the mess of cables attached to the rock (toward the right end of the 3rd Buttress).

This route is normally done in two pitches, but can be lead as one pitch with a 50m without too much rope drag. Start with Standard Route, which moves up on the ramp to the right of the cables and then traverses left into the dihedral. Scamper up this section at about 5.7 then hike a long slab to the first belay--or--continue straight up the dihedral on the left. A fixed pin is at the crux, which involves some tricky footwork with a small flair for the hands up to a knob. Stem up the rest of the dihedral then move right under a roof, up a wide crack, then over a small roof with good holds. Crank the roof then make another 5.9 move across a slab with a finger tip crack on the right (insert RP here). Utilize the excellent friction over the second crux, then crank the second roof to a ledge with a good belay. Scramble off to the left and up to the top. Descend by hiking North toward the Dome and down a gully to the North of the 2nd Buttress.

A fun route with varied climbing and good moves.


Standard rack up to 3".

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Shaun Miller, working the initial traverse. Up rope!
[Hide Photo] Shaun Miller, working the initial traverse. Up rope!
Ben Mottinger. Um, don't know what you yell down to the second in this case....
[Hide Photo] Ben Mottinger. Um, don't know what you yell down to the second in this case....
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Ben in foreground, Shaun in background. Are we having fun yet?
[Hide Photo] Ben in foreground, Shaun in background. Are we having fun yet?
Shaun again.
[Hide Photo] Shaun again.
Ben starting the route. Nice socks, dude.
[Hide Photo] Ben starting the route. Nice socks, dude.

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[Hide Comment] You have actually given the description for a route that Rossiter has called "Variation." To do Mojo Rising as Rossiter described climb up the same shallow dihedral after the belay on P1, clip the pin, but instead of climbing right and out through the roofs you must climb left, traversing slimy jams underneath the leftern roof and then up and around to meet with Variation at the .8 section 10-20 feet from the top. Joyful climbing! Jul 22, 2002
[Hide Comment] I almost forgot, first of all leftern is not a word. You go left after the pin, under the left roof, around the bulge that fills the space between the two routes to meet variation (what is called mojo rising here). Climb on! Jul 24, 2002
Aeon Aki

[Hide Comment] This thing is a walk in the park- Central park- at 2 am. Oct 4, 2007
[Hide Comment] An excellent pitch with climbing that is more sustained than the normal Standard Route. The pin is driven such that a biner will not fit, but it is easy to thread it with a sling. Many fun and interesting moves along the way. 3 star pitch in my opinion. Oct 15, 2009
John Maguire
Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] A biner fits fine in the piton. It looks like a new one has been driven in.... Jun 4, 2010
Mark Roth
[Hide Comment] I've done Standard Route a bunch of times over the years, but I never did this one. It's my new favorite pitch on the Elephant Buttresses! I didn't need any gear bigger than a #1 Camalot except for my anchor up top....

Hard to imagine that this went unclimbed until '91?? Especially with the old rusty pins and rusty old chopped bolt. Jun 22, 2011
Nathaniel Dray
Reno, NV
[Hide Comment] Too greasy and disjointed for 3 stars but worth an after work climb for the two very fun and distinct crux sections. Jun 18, 2015