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Routes in The Choss Temple

Choss Temple Pilots S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Into Thin Choss S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Masters of Choss S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Rock Disease S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Shit Pile, The S 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Worshippers S 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Type: Sport
FA: probably no free ascents
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Shared By: richard magill on Dec 20, 2001
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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This is the furthest right route on the Choss Temple.

It is possibly the worst route in the universe.

Sort of steep, it is composed of all thin, friable features that won't support body weight.

We had hoped it would clean up, but it never did. We plan to recycle these hangers someday, so the bolts may not be there in the future. If they are, do something else.

This route got its name when we bolted it and then left, shaking our heads at how crappy it was. When we returned to the crag, some unsuspecting soul had tried to climb it, and he had written the name in chalk at the base. A good name for this route.


8-9 bolts.


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FA - the devil himself, Beelzebub.... Nov 26, 2016
Yep, this one's a shit pile all right. on a par with Sun Cave Direct at Castlewood. Mar 9, 2009
Richard M. Wright
Lakewood, CO
Richard M. Wright   Lakewood, CO
This is not really the whole story. Shit Pile is truly only shitty in sections; you know what I mean: a good move, then some shit, another good move, and some more shit, huck up a bit on good stone, and find a bit more shit. I like to think of it as adventure-desert-climbing in a universe of superb stone, very little of which ended up on this route. It actually has some cool moves to its credit. If you climbed in the desert, this would be bliss. In fact, the real reason that the bolts were never yanked was that some of the climbing was "kind-of" cool. Dec 20, 2001