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Agony and Ecstasy, The S 5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a
Central Insecurity S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Ecstasy of the People S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Eldo of the People S 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
Enema of the People S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Enemy of the People T 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Maximum Security T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Men Are From Mars T,S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Prism T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Scraping By T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Security Risk T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
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Type: Trad, 2 pitches
FA: Scott Woodruff and Dan Hare, 1978
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Shared By: George Bell on Aug 11, 2001
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Locate the major crack system more or less in the middle of the crag. This crack system starts about 40' off the ground, and the first problem is getting to it. The standard start shown in Rossiter is difficult (10d) and hard to protect, somewhat out of character with the fun and well protected nature of the rest of the route. I recommend avoiding it.

P1. The easiest start is a 5.7 crack which is a few feet right of the line of the upper chimney. Climb this short pitch to a nice ledge at the base of the upper crack system, or continue and do the route as one long pitch. The original start is farther left and follows a left-facing overhanging dihedral in an alcove. A third start is located a few right of the 5.7 crack. Climb a shallow, left facing corner to a roof, step right (crux) and then straight up to the belay. This
The route climbs the crack system right of the tree on the left. All three starts are visible. The shadowed big left facing corner on the left is the original 10c start. The first crack/shallow right facing corner right of that is the 5.7 (++) start. The shallow left facing corner right of that is the 10a start. Men are From Mars, a short 11b sport route, climbs into the shadowed left facing corner at the top center of the photo. shows all three starts.

P2: Launch forth straight up the double cracks. You will find perfect cracks and some wild overhanging moves. This 120' pitch is mostly stemming and hand jamming, and ends near the top of the crag. Scramble up and then descend west between Upper and Lower Security Risk.


Standard rack to 3.5".
I combined the first and second pitch easily with a 60m rope, for a very enjoyable long pitch. I stayed near the 5.7 start, but actually went slightly right of the 5.7 section, climbing through the bulge via the 5.9-ish squeeze slot. Granted it doesn't sound very appealling, but it was a short section, well protected with a standard rack, and quite fun. Combining the pitches is highly recommended, but the average 5.8/5.9 leader will want to double up in the 1-3 Camalot sizes to do it. Sep 23, 2002
Ivan Rezucha
Fort Collins, CO
Ivan Rezucha   Fort Collins, CO
10a start: This is the shallow left facing corner and thin crack right of the regular start and just right of the 5.7 variation. The Rolofson guide calls this 10a, and that's about right. The start, up to a ledge, is harder than it looks. The step right at a ceiling is a little exciting, with gear up high and left, and about 5.9. You probably don't want to combine this start with the second pitch due to rope drag over the ceiling. You would need a really long sling to prevent drag, and that would make the step right a little too exciting. Jan 6, 2003
Damn, what a fine crack this is. For me, the balancy 5.7 section off the deck was the scariest, it's a wee dirty and funky. Once above the ledge the stemming is fabulous then the jamming goes on for a longish time. I was glad I had 2 #1 Camalots, and a #3.5. Several rests provide opportunity to de-pump your left arm. May 13, 2003
George Bell
Boulder, CO
George Bell   Boulder, CO
Climbed this for the third time recently, I have now done all 3 start variations. The 10a start is accurately described by Ivan. The upper pitch is shorter than I remembered, maybe only 120' or so. The jams also seemed less bomber (flared) than I remembered, and it helps to have big hands on this pitch. The crux on this pitch seemed to me at the small 1' overhang (between the cracks). This pitch will uncover any flaws in your crack climbing and stemming technique! Jul 12, 2004
Jonathan White
highlands ranch, co
Jonathan White   highlands ranch, co
The original start is great and I disagree with the author on avoiding it. It protects well with smaller cams and make the the whole climb constantly challenging. Climb the left-facing dihedral to the left of the 5.7 start. This makes the first pitch 10d. Sep 9, 2007
Kat A
Bart and Lisa Ville, CO
Kat A   Bart and Lisa Ville, CO
There is a nice variety of techniques to apply on this route - jamming, stemming, and thin balancey moves. The 5.10a variation on P1 is great, though I thought the pro was lacking near the upper section. Managed to place a purple TCU in the little hand-sized flake at the crux, but I wouldn't want to fall onto that piece. Oct 7, 2007
Boulder, CO
claytown   Boulder, CO
Why would you skip the true first pitch at 10d? Yeah the gear is a little strange, but you get two bomber nuts to begin with and two small cams before the crux move. The first pitch is tough and well worth climbing.

However, it is tough to do as one long pitch this way due to drag. Oct 21, 2007
Paul Hunnicutt
Boulder, CO
Paul Hunnicutt   Boulder, CO
One of the best cracks in BoCan IMHO. Get pro in on the 10d start early as it is hard to place through the crux section and you are right above the deck. Awesome varied crack on the second pitch. No gimme for a 5.9 leader. You might want a double set if cams on this one to sew it up or bring a few hexes. A #4 can be placed, but not required. It varies a lot though so a single set of nuts, cams will suffice if confident on 5.9 crack. Nov 9, 2008
Chris Archer
  5.10+ PG13
Chris Archer  
  5.10+ PG13
Terrific route, which is the namesake of the two Security Risk formations. It seems odd to grade the route according to the easier and less interesting variations and to describe the variations as the route. The route starts on the 10+ corner. It is not 5.9. IMO the route should be listed and graded as originally climbed, with the easier variations being noted as options. Good gear is available, but strenuous to place on the original first pitch The route gets another star if you run both pitches together, which is quite straightforward to do without rope drag. Nov 24, 2008
Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
Tony B   Around Boulder, CO
The 10d way is the route as it was, and is the better way anyway. A good line worth doing. Nov 24, 2008
Phil Lauffen
Innsbruck, AT
Phil Lauffen   Innsbruck, AT  
Great climb. One of the best of the trad climbs in the Boulder Canyon area (Left Side - WWW, Where Eagles Dare - Blob Rock, Cosmosis - Bell Buttress, and Security Risk). The 10d start is protectable for any competent trad climber and should not be avoided unless 5.9 is your limit. I had gear above my head the entire way. There's even a fixed nut directly below the crux. Great stemming options throughout (no hands rest below the crux, though strenuous on the legs). Nov 11, 2009
Phil Lauffen
Innsbruck, AT
Phil Lauffen   Innsbruck, AT  
Why would you climb the original start, call it 10d in your comment, then rate it 9+? Sep 22, 2010
George Bell
Boulder, CO
George Bell   Boulder, CO
I submit that *many* multi-pitch routes are not done today following the exact line of the first ascent. Thus, the argument that "the original line is the way to go, because the FA team went that way", holds no water for me. I still recommend avoiding the original start, even if I may be in the minority. Jun 21, 2011
Boulder, CO
  5.10c PG13
Ketchup   Boulder, CO
  5.10c PG13
It seems unlikely that the route was named Security Risk for the locker jams after the first pitch. The overhang is worth doing and only 10c in the Rossiter topo. The variations are cool too. Oct 6, 2014
Mitch Stubbs
Mitch Stubbs   Boulder
Came here to say that I've never seen such a lily livered route description for a good route. I totally recommend the harder line, as it's pumpy, fun, and safe. Gear to 0.3 would be helpful, and I agree with 10c. Jun 17, 2017
J. Albers
J. Albers   Colorado
^^^ @Mitch
You do realize that George was likely doing routes that would fill your pants when you were likely still literally filling your pants as a little tike, right? Sheesh, kids these days.... Jun 19, 2017

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