Type: Sport, 60 ft
FA: Ken Trout, Kirk Miller, Rick Leitner
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Shared By: david goldstein on Jul 5, 2002 with updates from Kirk Miller
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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This is located between Animal Instinct and Evolution Revolution at upper AW. It features unstrenuous, technical slab and arete work. There are cruxes by bolts 4 & 6.

Rolofson rates it 12a, Rossiter 11d. I find it overall about as difficult as Animal Magnetism (11c), though a different sort of climbing.


9 bolts + anchors.


Dan Levison
Boulder, CO
Dan Levison   Boulder, CO
This is a great climb w/ a persnickety crux on slabby, slippery granite. The final moves are exciting and somewhat unprotected on chicken heads leading up to the anchor. Definitely technical, the pump factor isn't a issue due to some good rests. Aug 15, 2002
Richard M. Wright
Lakewood, CO
Richard M. Wright   Lakewood, CO
Interesting, thin, and technical footwork. Moves are not 5.12, and the lower crux seemed a tad more difficult than the upper. Perfect rock, well protected and interesting. Think thin. Jun 19, 2003
Rob Bailey
Rob Bailey  
To me this root felt every bit of 5.12. The bottom crux alone, unless I am missing some beta, brought it up to this grade for me. Add the top crux, even with the good rest, and I think that this deserves to be an Animal World 12. Make sure that the sun isn't too hot when you go for the redpoint. Like Animal Instinct, sweaty hands and slimy, hot rock will kill you on this route. Mar 20, 2009
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Jesse Apr 23, 2010
Kevin Neilson
Kevin Neilson   Boulder
The first crux at bolt 5 is thin but all there. After clipping bolt 5, throw to the arete on the left, lower but better than the slopers above. The second crux at bolt 7 may be the more difficult. The last bit to the anchors is a bit tense, because you're off to the left and above a bulge. Oct 2, 2010
I was on this route once or twice a couple years ago but didn't have any real recollection of it today. So, technically it wasn't an onsight, but practically it was. As such, it would be my first 12 onsight according to MP consensus standards. Super hard, slabby moves including some micro edges, technical feet, traversing, arete moves including an arete bump, etc. AWESOME!!! The first real crux comes when exiting the ledge and traversing left onto micros, feet and hands. Going to the anchors, immediately following the 2nd crux, you gotta keep it together mentally, because you finish by going to the left after the final clip. May 18, 2014
Brian Oldfield
Boulder, CO
Brian Oldfield   Boulder, CO
There are a lot of chalked up, nice holds heading out right from the ledge just before the 2nd crux. I'd recommend avoiding them and heading straight up the arete. I've done it by heading out right, at about the same difficulty, but traversing back left is spooky and sets you up for an ugly fall. Aug 5, 2018