Type: Sport
FA: Richard Aschert & Ed Quesada
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Shared By: montay on Dec 31, 2000
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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This is an old Shelf Road mini-classic. If this route was 80 feet, it would be the bomb. I belayed my first whipper on this beast over a decade ago, and for some reason every time I get on it, I get a little weak in the knees on the upper clips.

The list is located about 50 yards south of Suburbia in a similar little corner. This corner has a nice block to sit on and a pleasant tree to hang your hat on. On the south-facing wall of this corner, The List is on the left (note the old, home-made hangers at the start. On the right is a nice bolted arete called "Hide 'n Seek".

As with many of the old Shelf routes, clipping the first bolt is a bit tenuous, particularly if you don't have long arms. After this is clipped, stroll up easy rock with crazy jugs to a cave for GI Joes. From here, blast through the next steep section on pumpy jugs, and mind your feet. Run laps on this one at the end of the day until you can't drive home.

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5 bolts and anchors.

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Ron Olsen
Boulder, CO
  5.10c
Ron Olsen   Boulder, CO
  5.10c
A pumpy and committing route. Knapp's guidebook calls it 10c/d, and I concur. Oct 15, 2003
Stop the madness, stop the inflation. .10a/b. May 10, 2004
Ivan Rezucha
Fort Collins, CO
Ivan Rezucha   Fort Collins, CO
Harder than the nearby Suburbia which is rated 10b/c on this site. There are chalked up sucker holds out left at the crux which adds to the indecision and increases the pump. Dec 14, 2004
FA Richard Aschert and Ed Q. Dec 31, 2004
No need to inflate grades: this is a .10a climb. Because it's hard to read, or has sucker holds, doesn't mean that the moves are any more difficult when you find them, in my opinion. I would submit Mother of Invention as a benchmark .10c for Shelf. This is more of a cruise compared to those.

The first pitch of the Freeblast, that's a .10c, too. Hmm. Jun 21, 2005
Dean Cool
Boulder, CO
  5.10c
Dean Cool   Boulder, CO
  5.10c
Fun and pumpy climb on good solid rock. I would recommend this climb if in the area Sep 2, 2007
Brent Apgar
Out of the Loop
 
Brent Apgar   Out of the Loop
 
I'm not sure if this has been retro-bolted or simply had a hardware upgrade, but it's got no home made hangers on it anymore.
I think that it was still only 5 bolts to rings. Nov 1, 2010
Joshua1979
Colorado Springs, CO
 
Joshua1979   Colorado Springs, CO
 
Good but polished. Sucker holds abound. Ignore the chalk and follow the natural line. Mar 20, 2011
Super fun. Nov 25, 2011
S.Stelli
Colorado Springs, CO
  5.10a
S.Stelli   Colorado Springs, CO
  5.10a
I think it was hard to rate this a .10b - the most difficult move I found on the route was at the very top and the rock starts to get past vertical for just a few moves. That might be why people keep rating this harder than it is, but this climb was fun either way. The third clip is a ways away from the 2nd and puts you in groundfall territory if you fail with rope pulled out. If you are breaking in to leading .10, this route is great! Just don't blow the third clip, and you'll be fine for the rest of it. May 29, 2012
gmarc
Denver, CO
  5.10b
gmarc   Denver, CO
  5.10b
There are 6 bolts to anchors on this. First bolt must have been added, because it is pretty low and easy to clip now. Don't miss the third clip! The route is a little polished/greasy, reminds me of North Table climbing. Pumpy warm-up. Apr 10, 2017