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Aurora Blues S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Bogeet Mondoo S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Chocolate Monster S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Die Arete Tic S 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Magnus Goes to Salt Lake S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Mask of the Red Death S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Obscure No More S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
Thing One T,S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Thing Two S 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Won't Die Hedral S 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
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Type: Sport, 60 ft
FA: Brad Smith
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Shared By: jbak . on Mar 28, 2006
Admins: Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick, Greg Opland

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Vertical arete wandering onto face.


Left side of Obscure Rock is a bolted arete. The route starts on the left side of the arete and wanders around to the right. First route left of MASK.




Brad Parsifal Smith
Many farms, Az / Allen, Ne
Brad Parsifal Smith   Many farms, Az / Allen, Ne
This route is really called Aurora Blues. I established the route and finished with lowering anchors at the point where the good climbing stopped. Chris climbed a crumbly, ledgy, and downright ugly additional 20 ft that I felt distracted from the quality of the climb. The otherwise flawless guidebook author felt that Chris' contribution of garbage to an otherwise nice little climb warranted a re-naming of my route. I disagree. I suggest you do Aurora Blues and forget the cake-walk after the arete.

Please refer the the route as Aurora Blues. Apr 16, 2010
jbak .
jbak .   tucson,az
Brad, I did it your way (I think) and thought it was good. I can edit the name and put you (and whoever else) as FA if you think that's appropriate. I don't know whether I lifted the name from EFR's guide or from Chris back when I climbed with him. Apr 16, 2010
1Eric Rhicard
1Eric Rhicard   Tucson
Hey Pars, nice to see you are still alive. I haven't heard a thing about you in years. I had no idea you did the FA of the route. All I heard was that Chris had done it. The last little bit is sort of fun and it makes you think a little about blowing the redpoint or breaking an ankle. Maybe Chris renamed it for fhe the extension like Sharma and Realization. Aurora Blues with the OBB extension. Just kidding. Are you still bowhunting? That is all I do in the fall through January. Apr 16, 2010
Brad Parsifal Smith
Many farms, Az / Allen, Ne
Brad Parsifal Smith   Many farms, Az / Allen, Ne
Thanks, guys. I thought it was clear what Chris had done. I appreciate your efforts. Apr 16, 2010
jbak .
jbak .   tucson,az
So Brad...any other names to go on FA list ? Date ?

Hey, I thought you took my ribbing on the Lessons page pretty well ! Apr 16, 2010
Brad Parsifal Smith
Many farms, Az / Allen, Ne
Brad Parsifal Smith   Many farms, Az / Allen, Ne
There is nothing anyone can say that I don't deserve. It's all good laughs, in the end.

Sorry, I can't remember who belayed me (I was notorious for corrupting young climbers and imposing belay-slave duties on them). If I remember rightly, Jason Mullins and Moema Clark were with me the day I pointed the route.

No idea on the date. Last century, though. Man, it's scary to be able to say that ... and even scarier to feel it! You understand :) Apr 16, 2010
jbak .
jbak .   tucson,az
Here's one for you Brad... not only was I climbing in the last century... I was BORN in the FIRST HALF of the last century ! (by 2 months) May 14, 2010
The start is a little funky, awkward, with so so rock. After the first 15 feet or so things definitely improve with fun, thin and technical climbing. Definitely worth doing.

I agree with Brad on the top however. Once you finish the arete, you can sit down and get a full recovery on the ledge before you have the fire a somewhat tricky finish. The finish isn't too bad, but falling would probably suck, and the ledge rest really messes up the flow. I of course used the rest liberally on my attempt, well because not using it would be silly.

As of 12/03/10 the first bolt has no hanger. Dec 4, 2010
Tucson, AZ
Geir   Tucson, AZ
CONGRATULATIONS to "Canada" Eric Ruljancich for nailing his first 5.12 onsight on this climb on December 3rd. A real inspiration to watch. Nice work Eric!!!! Dec 5, 2010
Littleton, CO
Hendrixson   Littleton, CO
The hanger has been restored thanks to Jimbo. Nov 16, 2012

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