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5.10d, Sport,  Avg: 2.3 from 121 votes
FA: Richard Wright
Colorado > Golden > Clear Creek Canyon > Wall of the '90s
Access Issue: Seasonal Raptor Closures & Rockfall Mitigation Project - Completed Details


Foxy is the next route to the right of Recovery. Move up a slab into steep blocky terrain. The guide gives this a "PG-13" rating because of a runout before the first bolt, but the climbing there is significantly easier than the rest of the route. Helped some guys get their rope down one day by climbing this pitch. It's fun, but pretty easy for the rating. I would say it's more like 5.10b or c, but you tell me what you think.


8 bolts to lower off anchor.

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Resting at the flake.<br>
Photo: Roth.
[Hide Photo] Resting at the flake. Photo: Roth.

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Leo Paik
Westminster, Colorado
[Hide Comment] 'Twas a cold day but 11 something felt right. It was tough to move up midheight above little ankle threatening rest with that high step R and mantle R. Also, getting your butt off the flake just below the top felt quite awkward. Mar 5, 2002
Rick Thompson
Mount Nebbiolo, CO
[Hide Comment] Leo - the consensus grade (based on the opinion of numerous climbers) seems to be 11a/b with the rightward traverse at mid ht. providing the crux, then there's a 10+-ish move on the face below the roof and finally the already referenced awkward ass smear getting off the flake and onto the face above the roof. All together not a give-away, but what a fun route! Cool movement on darn nice stone. The gear could have been a little more thoughtfully placed at the start - as it is the run to the first clip, while easy, could have dire consequences if one were to slip and the long tumble off the slopy ledge could end in horrible injury - not a pretty thought. However, a long stick clip solves that problem. Sep 6, 2002
Bryson Slothower
Portland, OR
[Hide Comment] Dirty and [awkward].... May 30, 2003
[Hide Comment] One delicate face move underneath roof, then the awkward Eldo 5.9 ass smear. No where near 5.11. Jul 22, 2005
Kyle P.
Lander, WY
[Hide Comment] Now a clean and fun route. The slab moves below the roof were difficult for my friends and I. We all hung for a while. The roof reminded us of the Wind Ridge third pitch in Eldo. May 11, 2008
[Hide Comment] Try a heel hook instead of the butt smear. Traverse right and throw up the heel. Much more aesthetically pleasing. I thought the under the roof move was pretty delicate. Jul 10, 2008
John mac
Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] Fun route with a bit of everything from slabs to roofs. The crux is the slab under the roof. I think 11b is a bit steep though, maybe a 10d. Nov 2, 2008
Golden, CO
[Hide Comment] Having done this climb quite a few times, I'd give it a 10d/11a rating. It has a lot of rest, especially if you butt smear it, but the slab before the roof is pretty challenging. I've seen people walk Refer Madness and get stuck beneath the roof on this route. Apr 7, 2009
[Hide Comment] I'm not sure exactly why everyone is "ass smearing".... Coming around the outside of the bulge to give the send on the roof was fantastic climbing! (Note: my brother mentioned this may be a bit more dangerous due to the rope coming across the rock. Definitely needed a sling extension off the bolt to do this beta. anyone know if its actually more dangerous? Regardless I highly recommend giving the finger to the ass smear!) Apr 10, 2014
Nolan Robertson
Durango, CO
[Hide Comment] Thought provoking and delicate, this route will keep you on your toes till the final dicey clip. Nov 25, 2016
Xavier Rojas
[Hide Comment] I dunno why everyone hates this thing so much. It's a blast! Cruisey face climbing to stand up into this crazy horn feature. There's endless ways to use the thing - chimney, double kneebar, bearhug, bat hang - I did 'em all, and it was a blast. If Reefer Madness is 11a tho, then this feels like 10d.

There were no rings for lowering/rappelling, so we left a maillon and carabiner for future folks. Mar 31, 2017
Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] What a funny seat! My feet dangled off of the wall as I inspected the face holds higher up! Apr 9, 2018