Type: Sport
FA: P1: Ken Trout & Rick Leitner, December, 1993. P2 roof finish: Mark Rolofson, 2000
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Shared By: Walt Wehner on Nov 1, 2001
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This is one of my favorite sport routes in Boulder Canyon and one of the pumpiest under-vertical climbs I've ever done. It's the middle route of 3 that are located about 50 yards uphill and right (up the gully) from "Bolt Cola" and "Where Eagles Dare". For me, there are several distinct cruxes, some of which are pump-induced as you get higher. It is well-protected, sustained, and on perfect rock. I might even argue that it's hard for the grade, at least on the onsight (and I'm a notorious sandbagger). If slightly slabby climbing isn't your forte, be warned: you'll find few good holds on this route.


7 bolts, I think. All you need are QDs.
Peter Beal
Boulder Colorado
Peter Beal   Boulder Colorado
I think there is an extension which makes for a really long pitch through a roof at the top. I agree with the rating but there are apparently two ways to do it, on the right being "easier." I went left and fell onsighting. I looked at the right way and couldn't do it. Even on redpoint it felt very hard for the grade. Nov 5, 2001
Walt Wehner
Walt Wehner  
Yeah, you can keep going through the roof. I was way too pumped to even consider it by the time I got to the anchors. Supposedly (according to Rossiter) you can climb to the right below the third bolt and avoid the crux. I haven't tried it that way, though. I'd say it's harder than a number of the 12b or c routes at Clear Creek, so an accurate grade might be closer to 12b. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it, unless someone thinks of a better excuse for the butt-kicking I got on this route. Good to hear that at least one other person thought it was hard. Nov 5, 2001
Excellent tech fest which seems dubiously hard on the first go. Linking both pitches is my recommended approach, however, beware of rope drag in the crack above the roof while lowering off ( rap probably best ). Fun and sustained, it will feel much steeper than it looks.... Dec 20, 2001
Excellent route, it's not harder than 12a, especially when compared to Respite, The New Ticket, or Ginseng Rush on Blob. I think the Rolofson guide book still calls the direct start 11c, which might be a little soft. Either way, a great pitch on clean granite. Sep 23, 2002
I just want to echo how great this route is. It's rare to find a route that is fun, quality, and has you thinking from the very first move to the very last...and both variations of Jolt Cola offer exactly that. The 12a variation has harder single moves, but the 11c path (to the right) is more sustained. Great climbing. One option is to lead the 11c variation, then set up a TR on the 12a on the rap if you don't feel like leading the 12. Awesome route! (Oh, and the ratings feel accurate to me, if anyone gives two squats). Oct 21, 2002
The right variation on the lower half (11c) makes for more varied climbing--a traverse right then back left once again towards the third bolt... Watch out for a hard fast pendululum if you come off! I disagree with the route description--that there aren't many good holds--there are. And when you figure out the sequence, it goes nicely. A definite three star climb in my book! Jan 4, 2003
Adam Brink
on the road
Adam Brink   on the road
My buddie, Aaron Cloud, and I did this route the other day and were both well impressed with its quality. Well it is an excellent climb, the direct version (going straight from bolt to bolt, in good obedient sport climbing style) never felt harder than 11d. After every hard sequence, which were never more than 2 or 3 moves long, there was an jug to shake out on. A great climb and a good warm-up for the harder routes up the gully. Jul 17, 2003
Ken Trout
Golden, CO
Ken Trout   Golden, CO
FIRST ASCENT: Ken Trout, December, 1993. It took five nights, after work, using a headlamp, to bolt and scrub this ugly duckling just to the first anchor.

Mark Rolofson added the finish up the roof, 2000. Dec 14, 2007
Rob Kepley
Rob Kepley   Westminster,CO
One of the better routes in BC. Ridiculously hard onsight for the grade. Once you figure it out though it flows really well. Dec 21, 2007

Only did first pitch, sun going down and pretty cold. We did leftish variation between 3rd and 4th bolt. Odd bolt placements here kind of throw off the flow. There were several chalk dots where it almost looks like somebody is thinking of moving the 3rd and 4th bolts slightly left. This would kind of improve the climbing as the clipping wouldn't detract quite so much. First pitch felt pretty accurately graded in Rolofson's guide at 11c/d. Tricky, technical, but nor really too pumpy.

I'd give first pitch 3 stars. 4 stars if 4th bolt (in particular) was moved to the left about a foot. Good times! Jan 31, 2008
Kevin Neilson
Kevin Neilson   Boulder
This is a difficult route to onsight and is much easier the second time. I tried P1 a couple of years ago and took many hangs working through the crux. Yesterday I tried again and remembered enough to RP relatively easily. After clipping #3, I tend leftward and then move both feet up and right to set up a layback. Palming the small, right-facing (and somewhat downward-pointing) dihedral with the right hand, I layback up onto the right foot; then I can clip #4. A delicate foot match and right stem allows you to reach the right crack.

This time I also attempted the super-pumpy roof extension, which you can do in one pitch and still reach the ground with a 60m. After clipping #2, I entered the roof by reaching up with the right and getting the tips onto the block. I didn't see the "hidden jug" for the left hand mentioned in the captions of the photos. After clipping #3 from the block, I could get the right fingers into a poor crack at the top of the roof and stand on the block. It's still hard to get over the roof, as I found after sliding off. A stem with right foot gets you over. Aug 28, 2008
Boulder, CO
claytown   Boulder, CO
Link it into the roof above for a fun full-value pitch! Might want to rig a tension rap to save your rope though... anyone know what that upper roof pitch is? is it P2 of this or another name? thanks! Nov 13, 2009
Ken Cangi
Eldorado Springs, CO
Ken Cangi   Eldorado Springs, CO
Well worth the short, steep hike. There are excellent footholds almost wherever you want them. I found no fewer than four no-hands rests, as well. Soft? Hard? Grades seem insignificant on routes with such high-quality movement. Felt harder in the rain, if that answers the difficulty question. Aug 15, 2014
Mark Rolofson
Boulder, CO
Mark Rolofson   Boulder, CO
The first ascent info I have in my guidebook lists both Ken Trout & Rick Leitner - November 1993 on the lower pitch. I added the upper section on February 16, 2000. The entire climb goes in a 100 ft. pitch, with 12 clips / 2 bolt anchor. There are 4 bolts above the 1st anchor. If you are concerned about rope wear from lowering off, then lower down to the first anchor, pull the rope & lower again. The .12a crux is at the last bolt using a finger crack to reach over the lip. Some of my friends traversed left at the last bolt on the jug rail & pulled over the lip onto the slab along a tiny corner. This is easier (.11d) but more runout.

Regarding the lower pitch, it was originally graded .11c or .12a. The .11c variation traverses right at the 3rd bolt towards Ginseng Rush & then traverses back left to the 4th bolt. This is rather committing. The .12a direct does a ridiculous high step onto the big hold below the 3rd bolt, using tiny crimps. After Respite was established, a nice jug was cleaned off of lichen. This hold is 4-5 feet left of the 3rd bolt on Jolt Cola. The hold allows you to reach up along a small, short, right-facing corner. At this point, the route moves right past 4th bolt. This has been the normal line I have followed since 2000 & makes the lower pitch .11d. It feels like the most logical way to climb this section. Thus my guidebook rating for Jolt Cola (lower) is .11c/d because of the two variations.

If is seems scary getting to the 6th bolt, it is possible to place a blue Alien in the short corner as optional pro. It's a safe fall without it, & almost no one ever places it.

Lastly Jolt Cola can be done as the first pitch of a two pitch climb, that continues up Aging Time for the second pitch. This is really full value. Jan 8, 2019