Type: Sport, 80 ft
FA: Bob D'Antonio and Vaino Kodas, 2000
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Shared By: Ron Olsen on Nov 12, 2001
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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At the left side of Spiney Ridge is a beautiful panel of pocketed limestone. The Hurricane starts just right of a right-facing corner and climbs up the center of the panel. Several cruxes with the last at the top. Steep, sharp edge and pocket climbing makes this one of the best routes in its grade at Shelf Road.


10 bolts to a two-bolt anchor.


I loved this route! It is very sustained until the end, which makes it so fun and challenging. For me, being 5'3", it felt every bit 12c... there were lots of reaches that required small (VERY small) intermediate crimping. The hollow flake-ledge with the "X" on it after the 3rd bolt is a bit unsettling, and would be better if removed or reinforced because it has the potential to be very unsafe. Up until the very end, I thought I was going to come off! The last crux, which I took directly, instead of going right as I saw some taller folks do, is HARD and desperate. Nice, longer for shelf, and fun! Feb 23, 2002
Adam Holmes
Adam Holmes  
The large flake with the "X" is hollow but seems solid as long as you only pull down, but not out on it. Probably almost no way to get around using it right now. It will pull off eventually so you may want to belay around the corner to the left and discourage your dog from resting in the shade of that juniper tree at the base. Still a good route worth doing. Mar 18, 2002
Adam Holmes
Adam Holmes  
I heard the hollow flake broke off. But I haven't been on the route since. It may be harder, easier, or unchanged. At least it's a little safer. Dec 18, 2002
I climbed this route last Friday, and I must say, that if there was a hollow flake on it; it's gone now. This route is spectacular, and a new Shelf favorite for me. The sustained climbing is great and I feel that it is solid 12b. I sent the route as dark storm clouds and big gusts of wind were coming in. What a way to send the Hurricane. My only complaint is that bolt 10 is way off to the left. It was kind of weird. But other than that the route is perfect! I HIGHLY recommend this route! Apr 14, 2003
Joe Collins  
This is a very nice route. Great find, Bob! Sustained, but there are some good stances to get the juice back. The move to the anchors wasn't all that difficult, but it is tricky since you suddenly find yourself at a balancey, technical move after 60 feet of enduro pocket pulling. Nov 17, 2003
Golden, CO
Monty   Golden, CO  
Didn't notice any x'd hollow flakes... must be gone now. Great climb, very continuious, but a couple of rest help. I'd say 12a compared to other Shelf 12b's like Tits Up or Legend of the Fall. Feb 28, 2009
Wherever we park!
AOSR   Wherever we park!
I agree with Monty - while hard and a badass route, compared with Tits Up, this is 12a. Jan 24, 2011
Tyler Gordon
Durango, CO
Tyler Gordon   Durango, CO
Great route. Didn't think any move was harder than 11b/c (I'm 5'2"), but the pumpinator makes it difficult. I didn't send but definitely on my list for next time. One more thing: was it just me or were there a bunch of dumb cross clips? Oct 13, 2012
BrendanP Moran
Fort Collins, Colorado
BrendanP Moran   Fort Collins, Colorado
Super clean, thin, sustained, and so so good. After a dozen trips to Shelf, this may still be my favorite route. Mar 27, 2013
Raleigh, NC
sanz   Raleigh, NC
What a line!! By far our favorite from our first trip to Shelf. Do it!

12a in the book. Bob said he originally gave it 12c, and folks downgraded it. I don't have a lot of context in the range, but I'd probably say 12b. VERY sustained and thin. Mar 23, 2014
Aaron Furman
Eldorado Springs, CO
  5.12c PG13
Aaron Furman   Eldorado Springs, CO
  5.12c PG13
Tyler, I dont know what 11b/c you have been climbing lol, but this is definitely a solid 12 climb. I honestly trust Bob's original assessment on this one, but that's just me. This is a beast of a route and does not let up. The mono pockets used for protection are substantially harder for someone above 125 lbs. ;-) Mar 12, 2017
Adam Block
Colorado Springs, CO
Adam Block   Colorado Springs, CO
Long draws on the first 4 bolts help the rope run smoothly. It's about 11- to there. What's with the weird bolt out left up top that is more trouble to clip than it's worth? May 18, 2017