Type: Sport, 40 ft
FA: Darryl Roth, 1987
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Shared By: Peter Beal on Mar 28, 2002
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Two routes right of Pick Pocket, Working Man climbs past a big hueco to a very thin crux. Endurance on small crimpers, pockets, etc, follows.


5 bolts/ anchors.


Darren Mabe
Flagstaff, AZ
Darren Mabe   Flagstaff, AZ
excellent route!!! sequential and pumpy. long reach between bolts #2 and #3, and also between #4 and #5. Jun 9, 2003
I broke off one of the crux holds this weekend. The small two finger crimper tooth above the second bolt is gone. It's going to make this a letter harder I think. Apr 27, 2009
colorado springs co
loc   colorado springs co
Nice going, Cam. I got on it on sun and noted that the hold was gone. I had to throw to the next side pull which is hella hard. I hate you, Cam. ;) Apr 28, 2009
Darryl Roth  
Historic note about the name... Dave Nordstrom, one of the unsung and egoless climbers of Shelf Road is a physician who climbed at Shelf for a number of years. Nord would work 10 or 11 hours a day, hit the climbing gym a few nights a week, did hundreds of pounds of squats and spun at his home gym the other nights and then on Friday it would begin....
He'd eat a big meal after work then begin riding his road bike from Black Forest toward Buena Vista through the night. Once he reached Buena, he'd turn south toward Salida then toward Canon City and turn at Penrose. Finally he'd get home Saturday night in Black Forest around 7:00 PM after 24 to 27 hours of cycling depending on the wind and temps. Nordy ate the biggest hamburgers at McDonald's on the ride to keep up with the massive calorie drain. Power bars wouldn't touch his energy needs.
After a huge meal in the evening, Nord would collapse and wake up early Sunday AM after 8 - 9 hours of bedwetting sleep. Sunday, he'd meet us and climb 5.11 and 5.12 all day at Shelf. Here's to Nordstrom, the man who could have beat the snot out of Lance Armstrong and Alan Watts wrapped together if he wasn't an ultimately dedicated doctor.
Nordstrom was the ultimate athletic animal and consummate, tireless Working Man. Dec 5, 2010
Buster Jesik
Allenspark, CO
Buster Jesik   Allenspark, CO
I agree that with the broken hold, 12.c would be a fair rating. That move is harder than anything on French are Here. Dec 22, 2010
Curt MacNeill
Boulder, CO
Curt MacNeill   Boulder, CO
Nice work, Dave Nordstrom! Classic status for sure and one I always walked past but never got on. If you can't get through the crux between bolt 2 and 3, try going left and then busting a huge move back right, skipping some small and bad holds, and opting for some more power between bigger holds. The route was very flowy with long and asthetic pulls. I like it and so will you.... Feb 16, 2015