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Ancient of Days, The S 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Axed S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Better You Than Me / Around the Corner S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Big Tuna S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Coming Up Roses S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Geezer Squeezer T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
Golden Rose S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Grizzly Rose S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Heat Wave S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Hummingbird T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Mountain Rose T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
Short But Sweet T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Short Sport Route S 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Sick Puppy S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Steel Pulse S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
War Drums T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
Wyoming Prairie Dogs S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Yellow Tail S 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Type: Trad, 60 ft
FA: M Darrah, D. Dow, 1989
Page Views: 528 total · 3/month
Shared By: Tony B on May 17, 2003
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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"Barf" That's the word I'll start with... barf. The other expletives I'd use to describe this climb are not appropriate for an all-ages newsgroup. I've climbed a lot of routes in my life, and a lot of routes around here--600-some in Boulder Canyon now, and this was the worst of them. It wasn't dangerous like my warnings for Cardinal Richelieu in Eldo, with death blocks abounding, but it was more like free climbing rock on the famous bad sections in the Black Canyon or up in Cody, Wyoming. It's like climbing on frozen kitty litter in several spots. In case I have not discouraged you from climbing this route, here are the details:

This line looks nice from below. From the Castle Rock parking lot, this is the obvious dihedral-to-a-roof system you can see up on Mountain Rose Crag. Approach as you will, or as described for Mt. Rose Crag and go to the far right below this dihedral. The 'texture" you see on the right is not lichen, it is constantly exfoliating rock. On the left the glassy smooth slab is a thin veneer over more of the same total crap. Don't trust any of your gear - I broke off a few large knobs by torquing them in my hands.

To ascend this route, climb terrible but otherwise uninteresting rock for 30 feet of discontinuous junk to reach a ledge - perhaps 10' below the roof. Find the 2 good holds in the crack below the roof - please don't break them off, since the rest are bad. Put a visor on your belayer, and don't say "watch me", because if he looks up, he'll get grains of rock in his eyes. It is possible to climb either left or right out of the roof toward the top, but the rock is so bad on the right (where most of the chalk was) that I broke most of the holds I tested by a pinch and snap of my fingers. It seemed marginally better to the left, where the route is "supposed to go" but not much.

So after 8 years here of 'collecting' obscure routes, this one now takes the cake for the least pleasurable I have been on. Not the most dangerous, but the least pleasurable. If you are into that, have a go at it!


A few nuts and a few cams. It's all crap in that rock anyway.


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Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
Tony B   Around Boulder, CO
"About as little fun you can possibly have climbing without getting hurt." Apr 14, 2015
This really is a terrible route. I got up to the section below the roof and tried to go out right, but the rock was so chossy that I backed off and had to downclimb, I went down a ways and was able to get a quickdraw on a bolt on the neighboring 10c and lower from that. Then I had to go around and rap down and retrieve my draw... and the rap was from a tree 10 feet from the edge.

While this route is horrible, the 5.9 climb "War Drums" on the larger crag, while still nothing to write home about, was OK. Jun 3, 2006
Sounds like one of those "black hole" routes: so bad that they suck the stars off of surrounding routes. May 23, 2003

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