Type: Sport, 80 ft
FA: [S. Hong & P. Adams]
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Shared By: Adam Holmes on Dec 31, 2002
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Long, technical, steep, pumpy -- what more could you ask for? Old Yellar is a great granite route that's technical down low. Then, midway up, you enter a vicious undercling to enter the steep second half with a heartbreak crux at the end. It's well worth the short hike to get up there.


9 bolts + anchors


First ascent: Hong / Adams. Apr 1, 2004
Ben Randolph
Boulder, CO
Ben Randolph   Boulder, CO
This route is amazing. Definitely a heartbreak crux at the end. Long, sustained, and pumpy for sure. Sick!! Jun 11, 2006
Joe Collins  
This route has 4-star climbing with 2-star rock quality. Several key holds may not stand the test of time, particularly the key crimp where you move back left near the 2nd to last bolt.

Steepest route in the Front Range? The crux may be in figuring out how get a warm up for it. Jun 11, 2007
Crux crimp broke this summer. Have not been on it since, likely harder now. Nov 22, 2008
Got on this rig today, I think it gets my vote for best 13a on the Front Range. Awesome line. Nice and stout.

Didn't notice any broken or missing grips..it's all there. Aug 2, 2009
Morrison, CO
Monomaniac   Morrison, CO  
Well, first you'd have to get people to agree on which routes on the Front Range are 13a. Good luck with that! Aug 3, 2009
...yeah, pretty sure I'm not going to waste my time with that one. Aug 3, 2009
Jamie gatchalian
denver, co
Jamie gatchalian   denver, co
Was up there today, 4.4.10, and my friend broke off the the low crux undercling. It still goes but is harder. Between that hold and the high crimp having broken a while back, this thing now feels more 13b than 13a. Apr 4, 2010
Are the listed projects still projects? Jun 14, 2010
Swavek Gaik
Superior, CO
Swavek Gaik   Superior, CO
Somebody stole the hanger from the sixth bolt. I replaced it, but leave it alone. If you feel too safe, just don't clip it (or any other bolts). Jan 29, 2012
Brett Merlin
Boulder, CO
Brett Merlin   Boulder, CO
Took down and threw away all the fixed tat on this line on 3/24/12. They were completely sun-bleached and sketchy looking. Mar 26, 2012
Curt MacNeill
Boulder, CO
Curt MacNeill   Boulder, CO
5 star route. Zero star approach. Worth it though, and I would say it's a contender for one of the top 13a's in the state. So, so good! Oct 3, 2016
Feels hard, like 13a+, but I was never on it before the two key holds (undercling and match crimp) crumbled, so.... Stellar route, rad position and angle. Lots of mini-cruxes and a punchy finish. Would be hard 8a in Europe, but since this is the Front Range, land of a never-ending supply of ego-downraters, it's probably "soft 12d." Get some! Oct 25, 2017