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Abbaye d'Orval T,S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Contortionist's Forte T,S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Crack a Smile T,S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Gravestone S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Headstones S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Hot Zone, The S 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Mausoleum, The S 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Natural Born Driller S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Saint Sixtus Scoop S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Spider Line S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Throw Me A Scone T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Type: Sport, 70 ft
FA: Steumke and Gillett
Page Views: 1,003 total, 5/month
Shared By: Nate Christiansen on Dec 31, 2001
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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NBD is down the hill from Contortionist's Forte and about 5 or 6 routes down the hill on the west-facing arete. Steep and sometimes slick rock adds in to the fun of this good-holded, endurance route. Crux at the 4th bolt while turning the arete.


7 draws. Tough to TR cause the anchor is on other side of arete. Bring long slings to TR.


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Colin Kenneth
San Francisco, CA
Colin Kenneth   San Francisco, CA
I love this route. Even when I climb a number grade harder than this, it'll spit me off if I don't pay attention to what I'm doing. It's possible to use friction holds around the right at both the 2nd and 3rd bolts, but I think the direct route up the face is harder, more sustained, more technical and more fun. If you are capable, go straight up until right at the 4th. May 31, 2009
Fort Collins
Dusty   Fort Collins
I'd definitely recommend this route. It has some pumpy steep climbing on good smooth stone, to a cruxy move around the corner, to some techy slab moves on pebbles. A bit of everything, what more could you ask for? Feb 5, 2009
Christina kalb
Boulder, CO
Christina kalb   Boulder, CO
I found the climbing on this route to be really awkward, and the holds slippery. I didn't really enjoy it. Jun 16, 2008