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The Daily Grind

5.10c/d, Sport, 70 ft,  Avg: 2.2 from 121 votes
FA: Bob D'Antonio, Vaino Kodas, 2003
Colorado > Boulder > Boulder Canyon > Lower Dream Canyon > Plotinus Wall > Left Side
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Description

Start just right of "Smell the Coffee" and climb up to a small overlap. Make a dicey move up a thin seam to a good ledge. Tend left up to the anchor. From the anchor, an optional second pitch is off the right, then straight up through one 5.8 move and a lot of 5.7. If you do this, rap to the top of Napster, then down.

A nice addition to the cliff.

Protection

8 bolts to a two-bolt anchor. 5 bolts and another 2 bolt anchor on the second pitch.

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Plotinus Wall, left side.
[Hide Photo] Plotinus Wall, left side.
Low, on the easy part.
[Hide Photo] Low, on the easy part.
Smell the Coffee and The Daily Grind, Plotinus Wall
[Hide Photo] Smell the Coffee and The Daily Grind, Plotinus Wall
Kenny on the continuing hard climbing above the overlap.
[Hide Photo] Kenny on the continuing hard climbing above the overlap.
Kenny at the first crux.
[Hide Photo] Kenny at the first crux.
Making the high step over the roof. This did not feel that hard to me. Stepping onto a big foothold, but right hand is a bit thin. For me, last time when I led it, the next move was the crux. This time, on TR, the move about THAT was the crux, at the tiny overlap.<br>
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Photo by Paul Rezucha
[Hide Photo] Making the high step over the roof. This did not feel that hard to me. Stepping onto a big foothold, but right hand is a bit thin. For me, last time when I led it, the next move was the crux. This…

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[Hide Comment] 5.11? Really hard slab moves over the roof. Is there a secret? Aug 20, 2003
Ken Leiden
Boulder, CO
 
[Hide Comment] A very good route. 10b/c felt right to me. Pretty continuous slab climbing between the 5th and 7th bolt. Just gotta trust that nub with your right foot at the crux. Bob, just curious, why did you switch hangers? Aug 20, 2003
[Hide Comment] Felt thin for 10b/c, but then again I'm a little out of shape for face climbing. Dec 8, 2003
[Hide Comment] The extension is "Caffeine Buzz," which is in the database. Mar 17, 2004
Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
  5.10c
[Hide Comment] I thought the route was at least 10c. Maybe I didn't approach it right, but I had a tough time with the moves on the thin face above the overlap. Jul 19, 2004
[Hide Comment] Definitely 10+ if you go straight up at the mini roof. At 6.4 I can just about reach anything, but pulling that highstep with the seam layback was pretty thin for mid 10.

We thought this and Smell the Coffee were a bit forced (also climbed Snooze Button and thought the same thing). There are definitely some cool features on each route, but linking these features within a suggested rating and trying to climb the route the way the first-ascensionists envisioned felt pretty contrived.

I have a beef with routes where a much easier variation can be had by climbing within a wingspan or so of the intended line. Why put in a 10+ sport climb in 10- territory? Such is the nature of sport climbing, I suppose.

Oops, didn't mean to rant. This was my first sport climbing visit to Boulder Canyon, and ended up feeling a bit cheated. Perhaps we'll pick a different cliff next time. Sep 6, 2004
Charlie Fried
New York, NY
  5.10d
[Hide Comment] Felt like a 10d. That crux is pretty hard to move past. Jun 20, 2006
Paul Hunnicutt
Boulder, CO
  5.10d
[Hide Comment] For a nice warm up (if 5.10 is hard you that is): climb the first 4 bolts of The Daily Grind, then at the small overhang before the route gets thin along that little seam - traverse left up and over the overhang and finish on Smell the Coffee. This I thought was a decent 5.9 climb as you avoid the crux moves of both routes. Even with normal draws I didn't feel much rope drag as the two bolt lines are pretty close. You can call it Grind the Coffee or something... Nov 2, 2006
slim

  5.10c
[Hide Comment] Nice 5.10 climbing spoiled by an awkward 5.11 clipping crux. One of those weird big-stand-up-on-one-leg with no hands moves. Then you basically are balancing on one foot, swaying in the breeze, and swinging a draw at the bolt. If this bolt were moved down about a foot (as well as the next one), then you could clip more easily and the climbing would flow better. Nov 13, 2010
Branty
Boulder, CO
 
[Hide Comment] This is a really fun route! Great step over the overlap and fun, tenuous moves to the bigger holds above. Probably my favorite of the 10s on the upper part of the cliff right now. Do it! Jan 21, 2018