Type: Trad, 80 ft
FA: Jim Erickson, solo, 1976
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Shared By: George Bell on Jun 8, 2001
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Access Issue: Temporary Trail and Raptor Closures Details
Access Issue: Routes on Der Zerkle are closed from 1 April to 1 September Details

Description

This route begins a few feet right of Absolution (submitted as Hot if You're Not aka The Brown Eye Wall) and climbs the thin crack through an overhang. It protects well with stoppers and small cams.

The crack starts as a right facing dihedral. About half way up, the crack opens up and you can see daylight through it (but is too small to crawl through). Place some good gear and launch into the overhanging crux (great jugs, but pumpy). It is remarkable that Jim Erickson established this route as a free solo.

Descend to the north (or south, a little harder). This route would be good to toprope, except that there is no fixed anchor on top.

Protection

Standard rack to 2".

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I found an incredible #6 stopper placement for a first piece, then was stoked I brought a big piece (3.5 or 4) for right under the roof. That made me feel good for the steep pumpy section ahead. Really fun, good gear, but well spaced at first. Sep 6, 2002
Rich F.
Colorado Springs, CO
  5.8
Rich F.   Colorado Springs, CO
  5.8
Steep route but toughest part protects well. #4 BD cam fits great up in the "hole" at start of crux, then rest of crack above protects well with small cams (0.3 to 1). Fun route! Mar 18, 2012