Type: Sport, 80 ft
FA: Carrie and Bob Robertson, 1999
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Shared By: Kreighton Bieger on May 6, 2002
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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About 100 yards down the Spiny Ridge cliff band, this route is set back a bit, and is located up a steep black, slightly vegetated, slab. The route is just left of a speckled, rounded buttress that is home to several lines, including Purple Toe Nails.

Bushwhack a bit to the first bolt, then work up and right over an interesting sequence of pockets, sidepulls and crimps. Near the top stemming off the right wall probably makes it a bit easier.

Beware of some loose rock near the top. All in all a quality route at the grade.


Nine bolts to the anchor.


Darin Lang
Darin Lang  
This might be a three star route but for the initial chossy section. The slab above the choss has excellent position and climbing that is quite continuous at the grade. Apr 21, 2003
Ron Olsen
Boulder, CO
Ron Olsen   Boulder, CO
After an initial easy section, this becomes one of the most sustained and committing 10a routes at Shelf. Once you're into the hard climbing, the fun doesn't stop until you reach the anchors. Oct 15, 2003
From the ground, this doesn't look like much, but it sure is some fun climbing. Feb 24, 2008
Golden, CO
Monty   Golden, CO  
The correct name is Travis is Sole King, as in re-sole king... I think ;) Feb 27, 2011
Kenny P
Woodland Park
Kenny P   Woodland Park
This was a great cool-down for us which proved to be much more cerebrally-engaging than I had initially thought! The easiest climbing is certainly stepping off the ground and moving up to the first bolt; after that, it becomes incrementally more and more difficult. The climbing never gets any more difficult than 10a, but it remains consistent. I really enjoyed this one, and it instantly became one of my favorites at Shelf thus far. BEWARE to climbers breaking into the 5.10 grade, this route is no "gimme", and there are numerous "engaging" moves above bolts; that being said keep it together, breathe regularly and you'll see it through! Highly recommended! Oct 28, 2012
Quit TR'ing or lowering through the chains! I topped out on this climb last weekend and found huge grooves through the chains that my rope sat it while I rappelled. Feb 26, 2014
Castle Rock, CO
aikibujin   Castle Rock, CO
Anchor must have been replaced. Climbed it today, three bolts and two chains at the top, no grooves in the chains. Dec 5, 2015
Adam Block
Colorado Springs, CO
Adam Block   Colorado Springs, CO
Last 1/3 past the fun flake is just contrived wandering uninteresting slab. No idea why this is a Spiney classic. May 14, 2018