Type: Sport, 85 ft
FA: Richard Wright, Anna Brandenburg-Schroeder, May 2001
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Shared By: Richard M. Wright on May 12, 2001
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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No climbing area should be considered complete without the chance, at least once, to wrestle an [alligator]. On Scout Rock, the chance arises with Rawhide. Begin Rawhide approximately 75 feet North of the road up the drainage that marks the West end of Scout Rock. Rawhide is the obvious, wide chimney on the main crag forming the right hand side of the drainage. The problems begin after the third clip and involve a very wide stem (!) and three clips leading into the crux. A one-move-wonder mantle delivers the 5.11c crux at the fourth bolt and a chance to chill before launching into the squeeze chimney. Two stars for the bullet proof rock, variety of climbing, and the continuous fight.


QDs only. This 85 foot route needs about 10 draws and a 60m rope. There is a three bolt anchor at the top that allows for a convenient top rope and minimal rope drag.
Richard M. Wright
Lakewood, CO
Richard M. Wright   Lakewood, CO
This is not an attempt to stir the flames of agitation any more than they have been, and what follows is only a minor detail that is probably best solved between climbers. The issue concerns defining when uncovering holds falls into the unacceptable domain. At issue is the climb Rawhide that was originally freed at 5.11c. Subsequently, a bush was dug out from beside the crux, and this uncovered a good edge that allowed the route to be done at 5.10c. As 5.10c it is really fun, and no one is going miss another Jamesia americana bush. However, the line was done originally by simply clipping backsome branches and doing the obvious move. So, is this a big deal? No, of course not. But if the line can be done with some of the natural vegetation intact, is the better course of action simply to do the harder move and leave the bush alone? I believe that removing the bush and uncovering a new edge only served to make the line easier since the bush was not particularly annoying. Nov 7, 2001
To start on this climb, is one supposed to climb up the wide groove, do the wild stem (which is not bad for tall people!) to get to the base of the crux move, OR is the start just to the left, climbing the thin, chalked up, difficult looking crack? We did the former, seemed much easier than doing that crack...PS agree with the 10c rating with the edge exposed from the bush removal. Sep 16, 2003
Kaner   Eagle
I believe a key crux hold (left hand, downward jutting hold) broke off and made the crux moves harder. Or I might just suck. Either way, the crux seemed much harder than the 1st 2 times I've done the route. If you're climbing this route for the crux, you're in it for the wrong reason as the chimney and ensuing moves are really nice. May 12, 2008
John W
Estes Park
John W   Estes Park
If this is 10c, it's the toughest one I've done. A fight from bottom to top. Definitely worth doing, though. Nov 2, 2012
Travis Provin
Boulder CO
Travis Provin   Boulder CO
How the hell are you supposed to pull the crux on this climb? The big bulge with a mantel and no feet. The flake hold is still there, out to the left, and I could get a dirty sloping fist jam with my right, but it made it awkward. Maybe something big broke off of it as mentioned above, not sure. Even with those holds and my 6'4" reach, I couldn't figure out the crux. The chimney was fun, but what a fight! Aug 22, 2016
hunter konchan
hunter konchan   Colorado
Love the Rawhide every time! The mantel goes nicely if you can get halfway up into it and reach right into the chimney where there's a nice edge to grip and help pull the rest of ya over the mantel. Oct 24, 2016
hunter konchan
hunter konchan   Colorado
Not to take away from this great climb, but some of the bolts are spinning. I think it was #3 and the first one or two in the chimney. They have that weird bushing on them, so I couldn't figure out how to tighten them, but the crux is still protected well and the rest seemed somewhat bomber still. Oct 24, 2016
Max Supertramp
Max Supertramp  
Just do this climb! The alligator is way smaller and friendlier than the man said.

Squeamish types might stick a mid-sized cam in to ease the mind for the step across to clip the bolt before the crux. Dec 9, 2016
Chris Swope
Greeley, co
Chris Swope   Greeley, co
Went to toprope this route today, and the anchors aren't in good shape. Two are spinners, and one you can see the bolt actually turning in the rock. Didn't feel comfortable enough to TR it. Be careful. Oct 17, 2017
Mack Holly
Loveland, CO
Mack Holly   Loveland, CO
Went to set up TR today, RGW anchors are still in same bad shape as Chris mentioned before - spinning clips and a walking bolt. Nov 16, 2018