Type: Sport
FA: Alan Nelson, Richard Wright
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Shared By: Alan Nelson on Sep 4, 2001
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Access Issue: Seasonal Raptor Closures & Rockfall Mitigation Project - Completed Details

Description

This is the easiest route on the River Wall slab, and provides quick access to the more difficult lines on the upper tiers. From behind the bridge abutment, climb vertical blasted rock past the first bolt. Slabs take you past two more clips to a overhang with a flexing piece of climbing history (clip it if you dare!) and a more modern replacement on the right. Anchors at the left end of the traverse ledge ("Riffle") can be used for top-roping or rappel. The ledge is somewhat sheltered from the weather by the overhang above. If you're heading for the upper tier routes, you can make it all the way from the ground to the anchors beneath "Viagra Falls" with a 50m rope.

Protection

Four bolts to a two bolt anchor with rings.

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Michael J Yarros
Colorado Springs, CO
  5.8
Michael J Yarros   Colorado Springs, CO
  5.8
Very nice route. At the roof, the holds are there where you need them. Oct 4, 2005
Ryan Henry
Golden, Colorado
Ryan Henry   Golden, Colorado
The guide book calls this a 5.7, and I definitely agree with the online rating. Be very mindful as the 1st bolt might not protect against groundfall. I would not suggest top-roping this route because the rope drags pretty hard on two very sharp, (freshly exploded metamorphic) edges. It is a great route for new leaders looking for a challenge, and a great warm up for all the studs and studettes. Aug 8, 2006
Tony T.
Denver, CO
Tony T.   Denver, CO
It's a fun route, but it's a tad run-out, and a bit harder than a 5.7.

It's a great route for shade in the summer. The sun starts to hit it again around 4pm. Aug 23, 2009
There is a good-sized hold that feels a bit loose. It was about 2 feet up and 2 feet over from the first bolt. I would try not to crank too hard on it. Aug 3, 2011
Dale Haas and I removed the mass of quicklinks, smashlinks, and chain at the anchor and replaced it with a couple of SS quicklinks and two strands of 3/8" chain (9-links each, not new, but completely serviceable). Thanks to the American Safe Climbing Association for the SS quicklinks (www.safeclimbing.org). They appreciate your support. Jul 9, 2018