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Mother of Invention

5.10c, Sport, 70 ft,  Avg: 2.6 from 74 votes
FA: unknown
Colorado > Canon City > Shelf Rd > Gallery > Mural Wall


This route is around the corner from the fun route "Block Party". The route is sustained at the 5.10 level and has some fun moves near the top as the face holds disappear. There some fun moves working the arete, until you move back to the right to clip the last bolt and the anchor. Some of the bolts are in poor positions, since the biners would land on small ledges during a fall.


6-7 bolts.

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Sarah Haas high on the route.
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Sarah above the second bolt.
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Oakland, CA
[Hide Comment] A tall, blond, and proud line. Steep but with ledges. A tricky start (there's a lock in there somewhere, and a good undercling) gets you to the first ledge. Steep and continuous from there: work left on good holds, clipping bolts out right and using the arete when needed. Crux move for me was between the last two bolts - long reach right to a sloped hold, pull off of that to a pinch on the arete. Mind the feet! May 13, 2004
Edward Jenner
[Hide Comment] Very nice, fun route. Continuous, steep and the 'ledges' don't offer full rests. 10c seemed about right compared to John Cruser. I thought the bolt placements were good too.

This and John Curser are worth the hike alone, especially if you are on the way to Menses to climb 10's. Mar 13, 2005
Meredith DB
Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] Good route. A bit hard to read, in my opinion. Apr 25, 2007
[Hide Comment] Sustained 5.10 climb. Keep your thinking cap on and don't get suckered to the right. As your standing on a thin ledge half way up, look for a bomber side pull just left of the arete. If you find it, the rest of the hold will fall into place. Mar 22, 2008
[Hide Comment] Between the frustrating start, the huge pile of poop on the first ledge, and the ridiculous reach to the loose bolt after said ledge, I downclimbed and said no thank you. May 19, 2013
Steven Bogacz
[Hide Comment] Sustained and tricky. On an onsight attempt, this might feel closer to 10d or 11a than 10c, until you find the beta. Once you've figured out the moves, the 10c rating is definitely appropriate. Oct 10, 2016
Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] This route is really fun! Nice bolt spacing and dunks-a-plenty. Do it! Mar 17, 2019