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Handle This Hard On!

5.12a, Sport,  Avg: 2.4 from 29 votes
FA: Unknown!
Colorado > Golden > N Table Mountai… > Overhang Area
Access Issue: Rim Rock Trail Closure Details


30 feet right of Ken Trout's route, Mr Squirrel Places a Nut, is a blunt arete flanked by two unappealing trad corners. The arete is Handle This Hard On - and a much beter route than the name would suggest. For a moderate 5.12, Handle is good problem because it delivers the crux right at the first bolt and backs off from there. The route will keep your attention, however, right to the end since it has several additional 5.11 cruxes on the way. The biggest challenge of Handle This seems to be in resisting the urge to dodge left, off the arete, to sneak back for the second clip. For working out the solution this is not bad dodge since it will set up a top rope for the crux. The real point seems to be in staying put on the little nothings for hands and feet until just above the second clip where a nice horrizontal jug awaits. I thought this was a very tricky and technical problem that was well worth sussing out the beta. I have not been able to locate any FA data for this line, which is unfortunate because it is one of the better routes on NTM.


This is a blunt arete 30 feet right of Ken Trout's route, Mr Squirrel Places a Nut.


Quickdraws and a rope.

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Handle This.
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Fun route with great movement.
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Up High on Handle This Hard On.
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Jason Haas
Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] This route is missing the hanger on the first bolt. Mar 7, 2006
Jason Haas
Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] The bolt has been replaced. Feb 10, 2007
Richard M. Wright
Lakewood, CO
[Hide Comment] Not Alan's. He and I climbed it years ago and did not know the FA team at the time - still don't. (Dave Bingham???) Jun 3, 2008
chatfield lake ,co
[Hide Comment] Thin!, follow the bolts.
Fun pulls to the top. Mar 14, 2010

[Hide Comment] Pretty good route for NTM. Probably 12a or so if you don't sneak out left. Upper section is Whole routes seemed pretty well bolted. Not much chalk on it, surprised it doesn't see more action. Oct 9, 2013
Denver Colorad
[Hide Comment] I think this route is really cool if you stay on the arete and don't cross the left crack in the middle of the face. Kinda like a tighter Slap Happy East Quarry.

Copping the third clip can be done with a left hand slap and pull into the feet or a right hand, sharp, gaston tricky clip. 4 stars for North Table on a five star scale. Feb 27, 2020