Type: Sport, 70 ft
FA: Bruce Hildenbrand and Ron Olsen, 9/20/06
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Shared By: Ron Olsen on Sep 20, 2006
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Sword In The Stone is a cool new sport route on the First Tier of Avalon. It climbs the face and knife-edge arete left of Mists of Avalon.

Start 25' left of Mists of Avalon, below some broken slabs with loose rock. Scramble up the slabs to a ledge below a small overhang. Climb up and left past three bolts (cracked horizontal hold in here) and several small overhangs to a stance at the base of the arete. Work up the knife-edge arete (crux) past three more bolts to a bulge. Clip a final bolt and cruise to the anchor.


On the First Tier of Avalon, 25' left of Mists of Avalon, below a knife-edge arete.


7 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor. All bolts were drilled by hand by "Bosch-less Bruce".
Ryan Malaty
Broomfield, CO
Ryan Malaty   Broomfield, CO
It was definitely fun, awkward, but fun.

It requires some weird moves, but if climbed correctly it can make it easier.

The back side of the arete is really crappy, but it gets the job done. May 2, 2007
Boulder, CO
L G   Boulder, CO
Lotsa fun with a variety of moves up the face then using the sharp arete. Sensibly protected. Jun 20, 2010
Ben Cassedy
Denver, CO
Ben Cassedy   Denver, CO
Didn't think the arete was all that sharp. Fun climb. Jul 30, 2010
Alan Butler
Boulder, CO
Alan Butler   Boulder, CO
Very nicely bolted- just where you want them to be. Aug 8, 2010
Definitely fun and, as mentioned earlier, bolts placed exactly where you would want them. Push through the arete and be rewarded with a nice pocket below the last bolt, then you are home free. A grade of 5.9 or a lower end 9+ feels accurate. Great route and amazing area for intermediate climbers. Sep 28, 2011
Mitch Musci
Estes Park, CO
Mitch Musci   Estes Park, CO
Lower end 9+? I laughed out loud. How many hairs are you gonna split? Apr 11, 2012
Dan M
Dan M   CO
It's a nice climb, it starts with somewhat wandering moves on blocks to the arete. Watch out for z-clipping on the arete, the bolts are extremely close together. Jul 3, 2012
Matthew Windchime
Matthew Windchime   denver
Fun route, but the first bolt is kind of in a bad spot. It's super easy, so you will probably never fall, but the bolt is at the edge of a piece of stone, so the biner on your draw kinda lies flat over the edge. It's super easy terrain up to like the third bolt, but if you did fall between the first and second, you could pretty easily snap your biner in half. Consider threading a sling through it and putting a biner on the end to avoid that. Jun 23, 2016
Keith W
Keith W  
Pretty nice climb! Great holds all over. Get on it! Jul 6, 2016
Christopher Soper
Northglenn, CO
Christopher Soper   Northglenn, CO
Really fun climb with some good arĂȘte moves. I would not recommend going around the back side of the arĂȘte, because I think that skips the most fun part of the climb. Mar 12, 2018