Type: Sport, 95 ft
FA: John Adams and Dan Hare, July 2005
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Shared By: brent pohlmann on Oct 27, 2004
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Description

Signs of Life starts about 15-20 feet right of Zentropa and is a bolted face climb with red hangers. The route is great. It starts with a hard move pulling over a sort-of roof with a long stem and a sloper. Then easy face climb to a fun roof and above to the crux. A fresh rock scar with chalk behind it makes it seem like the crux was probably easier before, but who knows. The crux involves another stem left and a move off a tiny sloper. Then some more easy face climbing to a 2-bolt anchor.

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11 bolts to a two-bolt anchor.

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brent pohlmann
San Francisco, CA
  5.11b
brent pohlmann   San Francisco, CA
  5.11b
In hindsight, I don't think this is 3-stars...has anyone climbed this thing besides me? Nov 8, 2004
11a or 11b seems to be about right if you keep your belly to the bolts at the crux. I think you could avoid the crux by climbing way left of the bolt line. This climb ends at the ramp right below the second pitch of Zentropa. Combining this pitch with the uppper pitches of Zentropa is excellent. Nov 10, 2004
Bruce Pech
Boulder
  5.11b
Bruce Pech   Boulder
  5.11b
The first hanger is still AWOL (although the nut and washer are in place). Starting the climb takes some doing since: (a) the first bolt is drilled up into a bulge and can't safely be slung with a wire (even if you finger tighten the nut and washer against the cable); (b) the second bolt is set back on a slab and can't be stick clipped from directly below; and (c) at 5' 11", I couldn't reach the second bolt from the narrow, mossy ledge that diagonals up and right below the bulge. Finally, I edged right on the ledge past a tiny bush and stick clipped the second bolt horizontally -- then pulled over the bulge and did a dicey 4' traverse back left along the lip to the bolt.

Once past the start, the climbing is excellent. The fun roof goes at .10a or .10b; the crux at delicate .11a/b. Like Dana, we linked up with Zentropa for a sweet 3 pitch, 200'+ climb. Aug 16, 2005
Craig Quincy
Louisville, CO
Craig Quincy   Louisville, CO
The first hanger is currently in situ. May 19, 2006
Kevin Neilson
Boulder
Kevin Neilson   Boulder
As Craig says, the first hanger is fine, but you might want to put a longer quickdraw there. It's right under a bulge and a short draw causes a lot of drag. As Rolofson's book points out, you need to go left after clipping bolt 9, gaining a ledge at the top of a column. It might seem like you are far enough left at this point to be off-route, but this is how the route was intended to go. If you stay on the bolt line above bolt 9 you will find yourself out of holds. The route is pretty nice, especially the crux at bolt 2 and the roof. Aug 25, 2008
Evan18
Boulder, CO
 
Evan18   Boulder, CO
 
This route has faded red hangers to help spot it. Awesome route, interesting throughout. Definitely go left at bolt 9 into some interesting holds, otherwise you might find yourself a good distance from your last pro with no hands out right. 3 long draws kills the drag over the first bulge and the roof. It could definitely stand to be cleaned up a bit more, but I'm not complaining. May 28, 2012
Andrew Locke
Louisville, CO
  5.11b
Andrew Locke   Louisville, CO
  5.11b
A group of us top roped this today. All of us felt like the crux was the bulge between the first and second bolts. It's probably easier the lighter you are, and flexibility makes it a wide stem rather than pure strength. My 220 lb frame couldn't get it clean.

Both my partners did a wide stem to the other bulge out left, but the sequence isn't done there. The holds are bad until about 4 feet above that. Oct 26, 2014
Super fun and crowd free. Nice link up with killer second pitch of Disneyland (one of the better pitches in the canyon, I think). Funny little angling crack traverse to link the two-- bring a big piece or two--5.6 ish (continues up Freedom ramp past obvious gap to base of Disneyland, pitch two). Jun 18, 2017