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Salsa Verde

5.11c/d, Sport, 50 ft,  Avg: 2.6 from 18 votes
FA: Alan Nelson, Karl Mueller, Claire Mearns, 1989
Colorado > Boulder > Flatirons > North > Green Mtn Pinnacle
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This climb begins with easy moves between incut horizontals, however, once the first bolt is reached your ability to use fingertip crimps and a sidepull off of a flake will be amply tested. The crux sequence is between the 2nd and 4th bolts where the wall is slightly overhanging. Definitely a worthwhile climb while in the area.


Downhill from the classic Death and Transfiguration is this fun sport route with five bolts that ends at a two bolt rap anchor. An optional 3.5" cam is may be placed in a horizontal before reaching the first bolt.

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Tony Bubb follows on the spicy but sweet 'Salsa Verde (11c)' on Green Mountain Pinnacle in the Flatirons. Photo by Vernon Stiefel (R.I.P.), 2005.
[Hide Photo] Tony Bubb follows on the spicy but sweet 'Salsa Verde (11c)' on Green Mountain Pinnacle in the Flatirons. Photo by Vernon Stiefel (R.I.P.), 2005.
The lichen streaked, 5 bolt line Salsa Verde.
[Hide Photo] The lichen streaked, 5 bolt line Salsa Verde.

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Steve Annecone
[Hide Comment] I thought this route was excellent! Very clean and sharp edges, somewhat perplexing moves at the crux which was between the 3rd and 4th bolts, and really continuous 5.11 climbing for virtually every move between 3rd and 5th bolts! Clipping the 4th bolt is not easy due to the very tenuous stance. Quite sustained at the grade, I thought this was similar in difficulty to Mellow Yellow or Fox Trot or False Prophet in Eldo. If you make the monster hike to do D & T and want some more challenge, you should definitely hop on this one! Oct 3, 2005
Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] Both I and my partner found this route to be an interesting combination of possibilities- powerful clings and reaches or intricate balance. He, being the better climber, did it on clever and delicate footwork. I, being the ogre, powered up most of it with the exception of one move that I thought better of not doing so. For that move both of used the same technique - the most interesting part of the climb all-together. The friable flake that both were concerned of breaking off. It was thin and flexing and left us both goose-stepping for balance and wandering how hard this route will get someday when it is gone. Though the bolts are close enough to keep you safe, be mindful of that flake. This route was already leagues harder than Death and Transfiguration. Oct 4, 2005
Rob Kepley
[Hide Comment] I got of this last year while in the area after climbing D&T. Excellent face with crisp edges. I remember being a little concerned with the old "homemade" hangers. It didn't help much with committing to the moves. Apr 24, 2007
Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] Having done this one and D&T both twice each, and both on the same day as the other on those two different occasions, I'd give Salsa Verde 3-4 letter grades harder. I always found D&T easy at the given grade and Salsa Verde a bit sandbagged, even on TR/follow. 10d/11a and 11d, respectively. Sep 9, 2009
Jason Haas
G1 Climbing + Fitness
[Hide Comment] Years ago I got utterly spanked on this route. I went back a few months later with a buddy of mine and got spanked again and so I told my buddy that if he could flash it, I'd buy him a 6-pack. Not only did he flash it, he down-graded it. I chalked the incident off to Brian being a slab/vert master and me being a wanker. When I was working on the guidebook, I wanted to upgrade the route but kept remembering Brian flowing effortlessly up this thing. In the end, I left the grade the way it was, especially since most people I asked who had done the line didn't have too much of an opinion about the grade. To me, it's still a sandbag. Sep 10, 2009
[Hide Comment] One hikes forever up the mountain, finally sees the super proud crack of D&T blasting to the top of the formation, and then notices this horrid, little, crimpy pimpy pile to the left and feels insulted it even exists, esp. alongside a timeless classic. I have put up a lot of bad routes even worse than this one. It is true I hate slabs and face, since it is all sissy climbing no matter how X rated it gets, but this route I found more annoying than usual. The climbing has no flow and the thought of carrying a drill up for this thing amazed me. Enjoy the painful, crusty crimps. Jul 5, 2010
kevin murphy
Longtuckity, CO
[Hide Comment] So, Paul, any thoughts on this route.... Apr 28, 2011
Ben Walburn
[Hide Comment] HA! I guess I'll note that Paul said he doesn't like slabs...and he frequently climbs barefoot.

The only thing wrong with this route is that there isn't more of it. This is a great little route up a gorgeous lichen covered face with engaging technical moves. Well worth doing. Sep 24, 2014