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Bustin' Move S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Damage Done, The S,TR 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Descent Route T,TR 5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c R
Momentary Lapse of Ethics S,TR 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Needle TR wall aka Uphill Slab TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
North Lieback T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
South Face T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Suburban Hangover S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Temple of the Dog S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
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Type: Sport, TR, 30 ft
FA: Stuemke and Hurst, 1990
Page Views: 119 total · 1/month
Shared By: Brian Faulkner on Dec 31, 2001
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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The Damage Done is a great, all-around route. It has two equally challenging but distinctly different types of climbing on it. The bottom half is requires balancy but powerful moves on pretty large holds for a 5.11. The second half is more face climbing on thin crimpy holds. It's a short, four (now 5) bolts to the anchor route, that can also be toproped, if desired. Trying to set up the top rope can be just a cruxy as the climb itself.

You can set up for a rappel from the main top rope anchors at the top of the rock that can be easily approached by the 5th class ramp. You will need to toss the rope towards the Northeast part of the climb, below a pine tree. You rappel down to the the actual Damage Done anchors, tie in and rethread, then rappel off. When rappeling down the the anchors, the rope drag can be bad. I have had to have my partners climb back up the ramp and help pull the rope several times.


4 (now 5) bolts. It has good anchors. It is tricky for toprope setting.


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Dr. Thompson Jr. Jr.
Estes Park, Colorado
Dr. Thompson Jr. Jr.   Estes Park, Colorado
The Damage Done is left of "North Lieback" and right of "Temple of the Dog". Aug 19, 2012
Mike A. Lewis
Estes Park, CO
Mike A. Lewis   Estes Park, CO
5 bolts. 2 shuts for anchors.
Overhanging jug haul to vertical crimpy face on the right side of the arete.
Awesome! Aug 25, 2015

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