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Routes in Rock Of Ages

Black Tie T 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Brain Stem S 5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c
Celestial Gate T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Center Dihedral T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Days of Heaven T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Desolation Angels T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a R
Greensleeves S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Hats Off T 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
Heavenly Daze S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Multiple Blues T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
Nameless Demons T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Original Sin T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Pitch Perfect T 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
Rope Rider T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Telekinesis S 5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c
Wasp, The T 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Type: Trad, 200 ft, 2 pitches
FA: Donahue/Gillett
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Shared By: Anonymous Coward on Jun 5, 2001
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Description

Hats Off is located on Rock of Ages.

P1. Climb the first pitch of Days of Heaven and belay.

P2. Do the first few moves of the second pitch then continue straight up a thin tips crack (12a). Climb up this seam until you are eye level with a row of grips heading right. Place a good piece of gear high in the crack and campus right. The hand holds are pretty good, but the feet really suck. One can place a medium wire about halfway out the traverse. Continue traversing until you slab out on the far right shoulder of the cliff. The gear on this route is not easy to place. The RPs and TCUs are all solid but require some jiggery-pokery.

Hats Off is a hard route to on-sight! One has to be good at placing small pro and moderately bold. The crux pitch is a good candidate for a pre-load. There is no fixed anchor on top.

Descend down the east slabs.

Protection

This route requires small TCUs and RPs. Double up on TCUs purple through yellow. Several #4 and #5 RPs would also be a good idea.

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Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
  5.12b PG13
Tony B   Around Boulder, CO
  5.12b PG13
The route is really cool and really unique--The crack is truly hard. I don't know how hard, but HARD. The 12b grade sounds reasonable. The traverse might feel hard, but isn't very. Think in terms of the traverse coming out of the roof of Jack The Ripper in Eldo, but twice as long and not as steep. The holds are positive and the feet are non-existent, but the rock allows some friction. I don't think it would get 5.11 if you were not already pumped from the crux at the crack. Very cool though. Presently there is a fixed wire on it at a convenient place to clip--seems so-so and would most likely hold (another?) fall. Aug 16, 2004