Adventure Projects is hiring a web engineer to join us in Boulder, CO
Mountain Project Logo

Routes in The Arsenal

Black Caesar S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Bobby Brown S 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Chain Gang, The S 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
Climb-A-Dime-A-Ding-Dang S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Colinator, The S 5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a
Das Fruit Machine S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Debaser S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Doctor Epic S 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
Dope Party S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Fresh Loaf S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Jamboree (Jam-bor-knee) S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Lolanator S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Los Hermanos de la Penitente de los Matador Pantalones S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Path, The S 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
Pollinator, The S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Pretty Hate Machine S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Pump-O-Nator S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Pump-O-Rama S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Rendezspew S 5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
Salty S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Slagissimo S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Smarmacus Maximus S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Sprayathon S 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
Spurt-a-tron S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Squeal Like A Pig S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Turtle Power S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Use It Or Lose It S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Vitamin D S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Vitamin H S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Order Wrong? Sort Routes
Type: Sport
FA: Jim Hall, summer 1992
Page Views: 1,713 total · 8/month
Shared By: Pinklebear on Nov 19, 2001
Admins: Alvaro Arnal, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

You & This Route


2 Opinions

Your To-Do List:

Add To-Do · View List

Your Star Rating:


     Clear Rating

Your Difficulty Rating:


-none- Change

Your Ticks:

Add New Tick
    -none-

Description

Q: When does a three-star route become a zero-star route?

A: When it falls down, of course.

Once Rifle's most sought-after 12d, Vitamin H is now a cobweb-collecting pile thanks to the bottom half of the route, which fell off in the spring of '98. Formerly, the route was one of the funnest, steepest jug hauls around, with great big blocky holds and a crux roof-to-headwall that was the site of many an air voyage.

When this huge plaque of rock cut, it took with it the starts of routes from Rendez-spew all the way over to Dope Party, yet Vitamin H was the most affected, losing just about all its holds through the bottom section.

The route still goes free at 13a (a hideous knee-bar sequence to get over the snot-yellow roof left behind by the collapse) and has been re-bolted, but is very nasty.

A better bet is to climb Vitamin D (12d): Start on Debaser and traverse left over the small roof band onto the top half of Vitamin H. It is plenty pumpy and plenty fun.

If you look through the talus at the base of the wall, you can still see the chalk and boot grease on the rock that cut. Interestingly enough, this huge plaque of rock seemed comparatively solid relative to other "dubious" features on other Rifle routes.

There's a lesson in here somewhere.

Protection

1-2 quickdraws. The route is fixed with chain draws.

Photos

Ken Cangi
Eldorado Springs, CO
  5.12c
Ken Cangi   Eldorado Springs, CO
  5.12c
I haven't done this route since it fell down. Not sure I want to. Too bad, because it was a great route. Jul 26, 2005
426
426  
Wow. I thought it looked a little different last time I was there... Mar 21, 2007
Colin Lantz
Nederland, CO
Colin Lantz   Nederland, CO
FA: Jim Hall summer 1992. It was no doubt the most poluar route in the Arsenal before a huge chunk of it fell down. Vitamin H is a reference to Paulaner Hefeweizen beer . There used to be a label from a bottle glued onto the rock right next to the anchor. Jim kept falling of at the last bolt when trying to redpoint the route. He was just too nervous about getting the FA done. On the burn when he finally sent, he downed a whole bottle of Hefeweizen and then promptly completed the redpoint. Jul 27, 2012

More About Vitamin H

Printer-Friendly