Type: Sport, 70 ft
FA: Vaino Kodas, Bob D'Antonio and Richard Aschert, 2002
Page Views: 1,090 total · 6/month
Shared By: Ron Olsen on Dec 13, 2002
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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"The Rising" is located on a clean panel of rock on the right side of Spiney Ridge. It is listed as project in the Thompson guide and as route 16 in the photo below. Climb up a short corner to the first bolt. Clip the first bolt and make a hard move onto the steep, red wall on good pockets. Climb up excellent rock on good pockets and edges passing several bolts. Hard face climbing leads to the last bolt and the crux. Make several hard moves past the last bolt and race your forearms to the anchor.

One of the best pitches at Shelf.


Eight bolts lead to a two-bolt anchor.


Joe Collins  
Hmmmmm.... I've gotta disagree with this being considered "one of the best pitches at Shelf".Pretty average route, even by Cactus-Cliff-right/Spiney standards.Nice lower section, but the bulby features on the upper half are pretty crumbly. Mar 22, 2004
Wherever we park!
AOSR   Wherever we park!
This would be a 3 star route with the addition on a trail, place to belay, and a bit of gardening on the ramp. Hard, sustained climbing. Jan 10, 2010

The climbing on the lower section is great, but the upper part kind of deteriorates into weird sharp/slippery/crumbly/bubbly techno-piss climbing. I thought the top was pretty desperate. Dec 2, 2013
Curt MacNeill
Boulder, CO
Curt MacNeill   Boulder, CO
Not by any means classic status compared to other routes of this grade. The top is sharp and heinous and may feel desperate even if you're a super crusher. This has your archetypal, cruel joke finish right before the chains on sharp and somewhat painful grips with the occasional greasy, sloper crimp. Overall, a good route and one to tick if you have done every other 5.12a classic first.... Jan 31, 2016
Nederland, CO
NWNINJA   Nederland, CO
I thought this was super classic 12a Shelf climbing. I loved the cryptic top section, unlike anything else at Shelf that I've encountered. Really interesting and desperate holds that will yield with enough tenacity. The "trail" could be improved, not a fun spot to hang out...although the view is incredible. This would be a proud onsight! Jan 30, 2017
Sawyer Callahan
Sawyer Callahan  
One of my favorite pitches at Shelf. Typical Shelf climbing to something totally different! If you are crumbling holds with your fingers, then you are probably off route. It's all there, just hard to read! 2 days ago