Type: Trad, Sport, Alpine, 900 ft, 8 pitches, Grade III
FA: Eli Helmuth/ Shane Wilder 7/21/06
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Shared By: Eli Helmuth on Aug 17, 2006
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This addition to the Second Buttress on Hallett combines a few old pitches with some new ones to create a striking line up this classic alpine rock face.

The 110' long second pitch is the crux as it ascends increasingly steeper, striped rock to a 5-bolt protected, pumpy section on the left side of the striking arete just 50' right of the classic Culp-Bossier. These are the only bolts on the route, not including the two originals encountered on the last pitch that is the finish of the Jackson-Johnson.

P1- 5.9 (20m) Climb the initially steep dihedral past some grassy sections then into a short offwidth corner which can be laybacked then from the first grassy ledges, traverse right to a 10' long splitter 0.75" crack which makes for a nice belay- the horn above has a sling on it as well. There is a green double sling as of 5/16/12.

P2 - 5.11 (35m) Climb straight up from the belay, past some loose rock into a wide section under a ceiling which is bypassed on the right by a quartz handrack. Follow this narrowing fissure to the end then left 10' and past a lost arrow which protects balancey moves up right onto the face and the first of 5 bolts through the crux climbing. Two 0.3 cams protect the slabby finish to the bolted anchors (60m rappel to the ground).

P3 - 5.7 (50m) Climb straight up from the anchor past a thin pin and then easier ground to intersect with the Jackson for a few feet, then continue straight up into a wide groove where the Jackson goes right.

P4 - 5.9 (40m) Steep cracks lead straight up to a big belay ledge on the big, quartzite band.

P 5- 5.10a (55m) Traverse left out of the belay on loose rock to an arching, right-facing corner. Pull the roof into the corner and follow this up then head straight out of the top of this crack where it arches right then 15m up to the start of the 61 meter ramp (This is probably P6 on the "Dark Side" route- Rossiter guide).

P6 - 5.9 (61m) Climb the right-angling "61 meter ramp" which is really cool and described as variation 13d in the Rossiter guide.

P7 - 5.9+ (60m) Climb a steep quartz crack out of the ramp end then back left into an obvious right-facing dihedral which is the Jackson-Johnson finish with two ancient bolts.

P8 - 5.7 (15m) A short and somewhat loose pitch takes you to the top.


This route starts just right of the Culp-Bossier, in the second small dihedral to the right (about 50') of the CB start, which is the same as for the Love, Englishman's, and Jackson-Johnson routes, also. The second pitch climbs on the east aspect of an obvious and striking prow with the belay ledge right on top of the prow. The direct start to the JJ starts in the major dihedral system 100' to the west of this prow. Recommended descent is down the east ridge to the rappels. No fixed anchors other than the 2nd pitch are available, so retreat could be a costly endeavor.


A standard rack to #3 Camalot, doubles of all sizes down to a 0.25 Camalot and extra shoulder length and double-shoulder-length slings are helpful. Five bolts and two pins protect the crux second pitch which ends at a nice ledge on a prow- this is the only pitch with new fixed hardware other than one pin on the start of the third pitch.
Kirill Kireyev
Boulder, CO
Kirill Kireyev   Boulder, CO
We could not find this route for the life of us. Any beta would be appreciated. Jul 23, 2008
John F
Cowdrey, Co
John F   Cowdrey, Co
There is only one fixed pin on the 2nd pitch now. Aug 2, 2008
Brett Merlin
Boulder, CO
Brett Merlin   Boulder, CO
First hold at first bolt broke a little. Doesn't change the grade though. Didn't find the two 0.3 Camalot placements after bolt 5. A 0.4 Camalot placement worked really well though. Really cool route, route finding wasn't too bad. Jul 13, 2015
Ken Duncan
Ft Collins, CO
Ken Duncan   Ft Collins, CO
Four star second pitch but only two stars on the rest of the route, so three stars overall. Great second pitch! Jul 30, 2015
Greg Miller
my truck
Greg Miller   my truck
Any beta for a good rack to take? Jul 24, 2017
garrett knorr
fort collins
garrett knorr   fort collins
Got off route from the Culp and followed a dirty dihedral up to the belay before P5 of this route. Followed this the rest of the way up. Can't speak for the first 4 pitches of it, but the rest is awesome, great exposure.

Beta: DO NOT go up from an awesome, recessed belay ledge (we called it lunch ledge) halfway through the "61m ramp," keep going right. We fortunately did not go up from there, but we saw rap slings a little ways up from people going up here and having to come back down. From there, the route was pretty obvious.

The rack we brought was a beefy set of nuts, BD c4s 0.3-3 with doubles of 0.3, 0.75, 1, and 2. Some smaller cams would have been nice, and a heavier rack would have helped us shorten the climb into the 8 pitches (we did it in more like 11). Aug 20, 2017
The third bolt on the crux pitch is loose. It actually looks like this wedge bolt may have backed out of the hole a bit judging by how far down the stud the [stuck] nut was and the fact that the stud wiggled ever so slightly. Bring a wrench if you plan to do this route, but try to pound the bolt back in a bit before simply tightening the nut down. Also, my second unknowingly took the tat at the top of the first pitch, so if you want to just crag the first two pitches, bring some webbing to put on the horn at the top of P1. Great crux pitch! Thanks, Eli! May 26, 2018
  5.11c PG13
Vaughn   Colorado
  5.11c PG13
On the long P6 ramp, don't stop at the first nice large dirt/grass belay ledge. It looks like the right spot and has a similar quartz crack leading away, but you aren't there. Keep going until the ramp comes to an end.

Most of the pitches felt pretty soft for their grade except the 11+ P2 and the 9+ P7. Sep 24, 2018