Type: Sport, 80 ft
FA: Kirk Miller, Ken Trout
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Shared By: Kirk Miller on Oct 1, 2006
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Description

Herbal Essence ascends the prominent, black water streak.

Location

This lies left of Footloose.

Protection

Twelve bolts to Fixe ring anchors.

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chris deulen
Castle Rock
  5.9+
chris deulen   Castle Rock
  5.9+
Mr.s Miller and Trout,
Thank you again for another sweet route. Probably one of the best 9s I've ever been on. Kudos.

booyah,
chris Apr 26, 2007
Jon Zucco
Denver, CO
 
Jon Zucco   Denver, CO
 
My personal favorite nine in this area. good protection, varied holds, balancy crux moves, challenging route finding, this gets an A+. Aug 15, 2008
ClimberRunner
Redmond, WA
  5.9
ClimberRunner   Redmond, WA
  5.9
I wasn't really sure where the "plus" section was. I would say this is a 5.9. Felt pretty easy to me for a .9. If you are short on quickdraws this is a good climb for you. There are 10 bolts, but most of the bolts will be at your ankles when you are clipping the one above, so once you are clipped you can clean the one at your foot. May 17, 2009
Jeff Chrisler
Boulder, CO
 
Jeff Chrisler   Boulder, CO
 
I don't really know why this has gotten praise, but for our first climb in CCC, we hit Herbal Essence. After coming down, both of us were annoyed. Perhaps we didn't get it, and didn't understand the sequencing, but we both thought this route sucked.

We have the old handwritten guidebook and it said this was a 9- and I'd agree. Jun 28, 2009
PHotY
  5.9
PHotY  
  5.9
I did this route last week and really enjoyed it. It is a 5.9, I don't think it needs the +. A ton of bolts, so it's super safe - great for a first time leader (no worries of a fall and a bunch of practice). A couple nice and easy balancey moves, no power needed. I will definitely climb this again. Oct 10, 2011
Parker Wrozek
Denver, CO
  5.9
Parker Wrozek   Denver, CO
  5.9
What is with the made in China tow hooks on the chains at the anchor of this route? I don't see why these are needed. Anyone care to fill me in?

A fun, easy route though. Aug 19, 2012
Jeremy Bauman
Lakewood, CO
 
Jeremy Bauman   Lakewood, CO
 
Great route, not too difficult. 12 bolts to a Fixe anchor with clips. My friend who hasn't climbed much before top roped it with tennis shoes and only needed to weight the rope once. No power needed. Sep 18, 2012
Hansen Wendlandt  
  5.9
New to Colorado, but this is my favorite 9 so far! Whoever set the holds for the sequence going over the last face into the slabby business, that guy deserves a raise. Sep 25, 2013
William Thiry
Las Vegas
  5.9+
William Thiry   Las Vegas
  5.9+
The balance crux is a tad more difficult than it used to be due to some polishing of key holds. Not advisable with tennis shoes unless they have super-sticky soles. Wonderful route with good movement and nice variety. Jun 14, 2014