Type: Trad, 350 ft, 4 pitches, Grade II
FA: Pat Ament, Cam John, Gray Ringsby, 1979
Page Views: 250 total · 1/month
Shared By: Dougald MacDonald on May 2, 2003
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Description

This was a wonderful find on the Eldo obscure tour. It's really a series of variations on The Bulge, with four short, high-quality pitches. We shared belays with The Bulge the whole way -- where The Bulge goes right each pitch, this route goes left. We don't think we did the third pitch right -- the guidebook says to belay in a small, red, right-facing corner and to climb straight up from an "alcove." We could see a small alcove about 10 feet left of the second belay on The Bulge, but there didn't seem to be any corner. That's probably where you're supposed to belay. We diagonaled up and left from The Bulge belay, climbing over a bulge with decent pro at about 5.10. The rest of the route matches the guidebook description nicely. Go do it!

Protection

Standard Eldo rack with RPs.

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Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
  5.9 R
Tony B   Around Boulder, CO
  5.9 R
The 3rd pitch does start in said alcove. When you get there you can set pink and red tricams or a few similarly sized stoppers overhead in the crack you will see only upon arrival there. I belayed at the anchors though, and then went left as part of the next pitch. As well, we also did the bulge/roof just left of the bolted belay of the roof- took a orange HB microcam and a few stoppers, but none were very good. A second small cam would have made me feel better (.3") but was not on my rack, so we did without. Moves are juggy to a good pinch and then sloper there. Nice variation. Sep 14, 2003
Shane Zentner
Colorado
5.9 R
Shane Zentner   Colorado
5.9 R
The crack on pitch two is great until it ends half way through the pitch. Where the crack ended, I climbed straight up and left to join the anchors for 'The Bulge'. I started the third pitch from the bolt anchors, headed up and left, and found myself seriously runout with questionable gear placements down and right from me. After repeated attempts I retreated and probably did a variation of the third pitch. Oct 7, 2007
Eric Klammer
Boulder, CO
  5.9 R
Eric Klammer   Boulder, CO
  5.9 R
I'm also unsure of the correct route up pitch 3. I started from the Bulge anchor and traversed to above the "alcove" with feet on a balancy ramp with bad hands. From there, I shot up and just slightly left to the next Bulge anchor. The seam I encountered at the overhang I managed to fiddle a sideways RP into, and the only okay piece on the pitch was now 10'-12' below me. After pulling the seam, it is then runout to the anchor on crystals and cobbles (5.7 or so) and quite heady. Not sure if I was on the correct line or not, even for R it seemed pretty poorly protected, as a fall after the crux and to the top would have you on the ride of your life and going way past the belay.... If I ever do this climb again, I will definitely sandbag my partner into leading P3. Oct 23, 2014