Type: Sport, TR
FA: Andy Brown, Bernard and Robert Gillett, 1997
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Shared By: Richard M. Wright on May 16, 2002 · Updates
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Description Suggest change

From pre-2009: Andrology is an ultra-classic line on a gorgeous piece of rock. In its previous state, a toprope rehearsal was highly advised for the 30 foot runout to the first clip, since the first bolt had been chopped. This start was "ankles for sure" if you blew it getting to the first clip.

Andrology follows a series of huecos and exciting face climbing up the longest and steepest part of The Fin, and it puts everything else to shame in terms of high quality face climbing. Andrology is one hundred times better climbing than the area classic "Edge of Time". Two things happened to make this line become one of the best 5.11+ routes in the Valley (Estes!!): the start was retrobolted in 2009-10 to match the rest of the route. Second, the double bolt anchor on top got new chains to clip from the top of the face. This set up a bee-line rap to the ground using a 60 meter rope. Andrology is a terrific piece of climbing, and it deserved the trivial amount of effort required to turn it into what it should be. N.B.: the huecos are a bit sandy, so watch the feet.

Per Jon Lachelt: near the top, the bolt line veers slightly to the left, and then you follow a thin seam back to the right to reach the chains.

Protection Suggest change

Originally, you needed ten draws and several mid-size Camalots to protect this and the bolts were over the top. Also, it is possible to scramble to the top of The Fin to set up a TR.

Per Jonathan Siegrist: my father and I added chains to the anchors of this route so that you can lower off instead of having to walk off. 

 Per Jon Lachelt: Camalots are no longer necessary to lead the route

Per Alex Mandrila: 8 bolts and an anchor with chains and lower off hooks.

Location Suggest change

This is the steep line just right of the arete, Edge of Time. Per Lee Kennedy: the first is a mixed line with bolts starting ~30 feet up, and this is the first fully bolted line on this face.

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