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5.10d, Sport, 85 ft,  Avg: 2.6 from 178 votes
FA: Richard Rossiter and Raoul Rossiter, 2000
Colorado > Boulder > Boulder Canyon > Avalon > Second Tier > Middle Wall
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Start just left of Strange Science on a platform below a huge boulder.

Climb a stepped face, go left to a corner, layback up to a ledge, and fire up a steep headwall.

Excellent climb with several hard moves.


7 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor. The route is 85' long.

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Myself on Supernatural.  This line is great!
[Hide Photo] Myself on Supernatural. This line is great!
Supernatural and Strange Science.
[Hide Photo] Supernatural and Strange Science.
Tally & Ellen O'Donnell on Supernatural.
[Hide Photo] Tally & Ellen O'Donnell on Supernatural.
Jim Garber laybacking the corner by the fourth bolt.
[Hide Photo] Jim Garber laybacking the corner by the fourth bolt.
Kevin down low.
[Hide Photo] Kevin down low.
Pulling hard at the final bolt.
[Hide Photo] Pulling hard at the final bolt.
Steve Monks high on Supernatural.
[Hide Photo] Steve Monks high on Supernatural.
Steve Monks low on Supernatural.
[Hide Photo] Steve Monks low on Supernatural.
Mico Alejandro, who is shown here sporting his favorite Bruce Lee TShirt, clips his draw in the most fun sequence of this route.
[Hide Photo] Mico Alejandro, who is shown here sporting his favorite Bruce Lee TShirt, clips his draw in the most fun sequence of this route.

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Ivan Rezucha
Fort Collins, CO
[Hide Comment] I placed green and yellow Aliens between some of the bolts. When there are cracks I bring gear, even on sport climbs. (Explaining, not complaining, although a couple of the bolts are unnecessary.) Oct 25, 2003
[Hide Comment] This route is awesome and a must-do if you're at the Avalon. I don't know why it wouldn't get at least 2 stars. There's 2 bolts that are not necessary, as gear will protect their moves but the climbing is awesome. Nov 8, 2004
Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] Pretty solid climbing and probably like most at the cliff in that it is over graded at least a tad. Nice climb though, with good rock and fun moves. A lot of variety in the holds and moves keeps it interesting. Could get pumpy if you spent a lot of time trying to figure it out. Jul 27, 2005
[Hide Comment] Young Doug...[Didn't] know the name when we did it. Thought it to be .10c/d-ish. Maybe my ape-index helps, but certainly there are no moves here that would be considered .11a..again, I must consider other benchmark routes at the grade. I am not a cutting-edge climber, but have 20+ years climbing in the Boulder area. I say that to lend some credentials to my stance on the grades. I would say this is a nice pitch, and well worth doing if you are up there..after all Boulder Canyon is a lot about quantity of routes in a day. Sep 23, 2005
M. Morley
Sacramento, CA
[Hide Comment] One of the best lines at the cliff! A TCU/Alien just below the 5th bolt is comforting if you're too short to make the clip from the ledge. May 26, 2007
Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] Good route with varied climbing. Even a little bit of finger crack underclinging. Not an 11 but still a worthwhile climb to do.

CL Sep 2, 2007
patrick kadel
[Hide Comment] I am short, Alien not needed. High left foot and and good crimp in the crack allows to go up, clip the bolt and lower back down to the restful stance. The move is secure and quicker than placing an Alien a foot below a bolt. Jul 14, 2008
Bear Creek, CO
[Hide Comment] This climb is not to be missed. Interesting climbing the whole way, and while the bolted crack probably detracts from the climb, most people would just skip it rather than bring one piece of gear, so it seems justified. Interesting moves up top with insecure feet on steep terrain, but it's definitely all there. Jun 10, 2010
[Hide Comment] This is a great route. I found the bottom three bolts to be thought provoking and balance intensive; while the top is powerful for an onsight.
As far as the grade, I'd say it's .11a if Free Willie is, which I found to be considerably less difficult. Sep 11, 2012
Christina kalb
Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] I didn't use any additional gear. The guidebook says to bring a few small cams. They may be useful between bolts 3 and 4 and 4 and 5 if you are shorter. For me, a fall before clipping bolt 4 would have been a hard swing into the wall below, and I couldn't reach bolt 5 from the ledge. I also had difficulty reaching some of the holds in bolts 6 to 7 section. I suspect those who are shorter are the ones who rate the climb 11. If you are taller, it will seem easier. Jun 3, 2013
Jon H
[Hide Comment] Hands down, the best route at Middle Tier. Three dimensional climbing, spicy runouts, cool transitions as you work around the arete... this route has it all. Way better, IMHO, than Strange Science, Riptide, or Freefall. Jul 21, 2013
Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] Great all-gear route! PG-13 with a set or two of Aliens and small offset cams. I took the contrived but fun indirect start next to the bolts, but you could also use a dirty direct start in a lichen-covered corner just to the left. May 16, 2017