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Cornered Again S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Crystallize S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Hot Rocks S 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Mineral Museum T,S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Psychedelic Mini-Fridge S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Quartz Sports S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Skippin' Stones S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Type: Sport, 65 ft
FA: Mark Tarrant, Richard Wright, 6/05
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Shared By: Mark Tarrant on Jun 4, 2005
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Skippin' Stones starts just right of Quartz Sports on a nice face below a large-ish overhang. The whole route is easier than it looks. Follow 5 bolts up the face (5.9) to a good shake under the 45 degree roof. Get started under the roof and twist through the crux at bolt 7. Use some monstrous jugs to finish the overhang (.10) and hit the anchor.

This route features a high concentration of steel (more bolts than I usually place, especially through the roof...), so it feels super safe, but still quite fun. It should be a good warm-up for the harder routes on The Crystal Tower and will clean up nicely with traffic.


9 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor, 65'.


Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
Tony B   Around Boulder, CO
I enjoyed this line and it is a nice addition to the wall, but I think 5.11- is a bit of a sandbag. The route is pumpy and the holds above are a bit blind. As well there is a crux pinch that is pretty tough for small hands. I think on-sighting this would be pretty unlikely for a 5.11a climber. I can generally flash 5.11- for a warm up and I was punted from this climb on my first try. Jun 12, 2005
Awesome route, cool position. Thanks! Jun 30, 2005
Hey, we're in CCC, remember? Land of "Charmin-soft" grades, close bolts, etc. This rig is mad-burly for CCC 11a. Gawdamm excellent, brilliant line, however!! Awesome position, strangely "big" air for a 1-pitch sport route.

Thanks for establishing this absolute gem! You guys really know what you're doing, and we appreciate it. Aug 14, 2005
gregg purnell
Rifle, CO
gregg purnell   Rifle, CO
This route rocks. Quality moves and good stone the whole way. 11a sound good? .. Sep 11, 2005
Very cool moves and sustained climbing. This sandbag at 5.11- may go at 5.11c or hard 5.11b. However, you won't get hurt trying regardless of the grade. It's super well bolted in the crux roof. Also, there are two a more new routes around to the right that look like they were put in by the same group. What's up with these?? Nov 16, 2005
You WILL get hurt if you fall off the roof in the right (wrong) place. I managed to bash my right knee on the lip and burn the back of my left knee on the rope in the same fall. Sep 11, 2006
desbien   seattle,wa
Pretty mellow until the roof. Shoot off the left hand pinch to a solid rail, match and bump up left. I didn't see the potential for an injurious fall. I saw the second set of anchors only after the fact. they may make the finish a bit less awkward. By the way someone got into serious trouble using the Tyrolean this weekend. Always clip both ropes or you will dangle in the water. May 29, 2007
Mark Tarrant  
Dipping into the creek on the tyro is how this route got its name. I stopped the route short of the upper anchors because you need to use some fragile pillars to get there. Jun 7, 2007
Jason Kaplan
Glenwood ,Co
Jason Kaplan   Glenwood ,Co
This route was a lot of fun. I didn't get it clean though. I had to hang repeatedly through the crux but got to the top on my own power.

I found it harder then overflow on the River Wall (11b) which I onsighted. Maybe it's only 11b just more sustained? Overflow must be a one move wonder. I would say it's similar to Hot Dog on the Dog House, but I made it up Hot Dog a little cleaner only resting 2 times on that one. I'm not exactly qualified to say (plus I've been mostly aid climbing lately) but 11c seems about right to me (at least as far as the onsight attempt was concerned, now that I know the holds and sequences who knows, guess I will just have to go back and see). Nov 28, 2008
Geoff U
Centennial, CO
Geoff U   Centennial, CO
Probably one of the best 11s in the canynon. Great fun and well bolted! Feb 5, 2010
eric larson
aurora, co
eric larson   aurora, co
This is now my favorite 11 in the canyon, replacing curvaceous. Though there are still many I have to tick off.

Very high quality route with solid movement over the roof. Super enjoyable. Make sure to look around when hanging off the HUGE jug up top and enjoy the exposure.
VERY well-bolted. May 10, 2010
Josh Jones
Denver, CO
Josh Jones   Denver, CO
A very good route. I struggled with the route's crux and finally sent it clean after the end of the second day. 5.9 climbing except the obvious, boulder-like crux on the roof. Now, it works as a good second warm-up. Aug 26, 2010
Curt MacNeill
Boulder, CO
Curt MacNeill   Boulder, CO
Great route! Really good moves and good stone, and the crux is a burly little section for only being 5.11b/c. Do it! Perfect warmup for the harder stuff on Primo Wall as well.... Oct 18, 2012

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