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Routes in Observatory Rock

99% Pure T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Double Vision T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Flop, The T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Glass Bead Game, The T,S 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Jonah T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Mineral Secretion T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Original Route T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Panic in the Gray Womb T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Punch Line T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Skin Mechanic T,S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Stargazing T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Telescoping Sum T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Will Chevy Slab S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Type: Trad
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Richard M. Wright on Aug 2, 2001
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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For convenience sake, I have used numbering here that begins on the left with Killer Instinct as #1 and swings right to the Wilford Roof as #15. Original Route can be called #12 with some option to see a few lines between it and the Wilford Roof. Climbing on the original route begins in deep slot 50 feet left of the Wilford Roof. Squirm up the slot to a good stem and start looking for pro. Chase the crack and flake to the right for a little sinusoidal climbing on perfect granite that eats up pro. Finish at the little tree above the crack at about 65 feet (not at 130 as described by Hubbel). There is an option to continue to the very top, but this looks unappealing.


Bring a full set of caming units. I used #s 1, 2, 3 of Camalots and almost a full set of Friends, wires seemed optional.


Jay Eggleston
Jay Eggleston   Denver
This is a good route. I only placed one large nut. You can place a #4 Camalot near the top by the little tree in the crack. It is nice to have two #2 Camalots. Jan 29, 2016
Hiro Kurotsuchi
Hiro Kurotsuchi   Colorado
I'm a new trad leader, I used a lot of different pro. A small cam at the bottom of the route, the #1, 2, 3 cams for the middle of the route, 0.5 cam, nuts and a hex for the final crack leading to the tree. I'd say that I put in a lot for the grade, but since I'm new, practice is great. If you want more of this "practice", you could double up on BD #1, 2 cams perhaps. (I mention the gear because I think Gillett mentions medium to large gear only.)

Fun route for sure! I'd keep it with the 5.8 rating - nothing unexpected for that grade on this route. Just get yourself in those cracks and you'll be fine. Oh, the one tricky spot is getting around the little tree/bush on the final crack. Have fun!

Thinking about it more - some of the nut placements had uneven cracks, the medium/large offset nuts worked great! And really, I placed the medium hex because I wanted to, not because you need one. Jul 20, 2012
Matt Juth
Matt Juth   Evergreen
I agree. It was not much harder than 5.7. The crack to the left felt 9ish to me. Apr 17, 2004
Pretty nice climb for the grade I thought, this and the harder line to the left makes for a nice after work trad session.

This route seems more like 5.7 than 5.8, while the steep hand crack to the left is more like hard 5.9 than 5.7. Aug 26, 2003