Type: Sport, 100 ft Fixed Hardware (11)
FA: Ron Olsen and Mike Amato, 3/14/07
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Shared By: Ron Olsen on Mar 14, 2007 with updates from Patrick Sherry
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Hold The Line is a fun new sport route on the Bihedral, about 30' left of Rhodian Shores. It features the same high-quality stone but is a grade easier. Varied climbing that makes you think.

Angle left up a ramp to the first bolt. Climb up past 5 bolts, mostly 5.7-5.8 with a spot of 5.9. Clip the 6th bolt and work up into a V-corner (crux). An optional red Alien/purple Camalot can be placed after the 6th bolt. Climb past a wedged chockstone at the top of the corner, and angle left up a slab to a 2-bolt anchor on a nice ledge.

Belay from here or lower 100' back to the start.


Start on a ramp about 30' left of Rhodian Shores.


9 bolts to a two-bolt anchor with lowering hooks that is shared with Rhodian Shores. An optional red Alien/purple Camalot can be placed after the 6th bolt. Lower/rappel 100' back to the start.


Brenda Leach
Ridgway, CO
Brenda Leach   Ridgway, CO
This is a fun addition to the set of moderate routes on the Bihedral. Well-bolted. I didn't feel the need for placing a piece of gear at the crack and instead used the crack for a layback. Fun route and a good warm-up for the area. Mar 17, 2007
Jake Wyatt
Longmont, CO
Jake Wyatt   Longmont, CO
Nice and long (by BC standards) pitch with solid climbing the entire way up. Mar 18, 2007
Gary Schmidt
Boulder, CO
Gary Schmidt   Boulder, CO
I found this to be fun and interesting climb. A few moves over which to ponder including an interesting, somewhat mildly runout crux (which can be protected with a smaller cam if you so choose though I didn't find it necessary). Good climb with a nice length! Mar 19, 2007
Nick Wilder
Boulder, CO
Nick Wilder   Boulder, CO  
Good moves with some nice variation. Well bolted, don't bother bringing gear. Apr 26, 2007
Chris O'Connor
boulder, co
Chris O'Connor   boulder, co
Great route! Above the wedged chockstone I pulled on a jug only to be shocked by finding my stomach jumping out of my mouth. I yelled rock and the 20-35 lb block landed 15ft from my belayer! Man, we were lucky. Just thought I'd let everyone know there is more potentially loose rock up there, surprising because the rock looks and most of it is great. Wear your brain bucket! Sep 4, 2007
Michael Walker
Loveland, CO
Michael Walker   Loveland, CO
Felt like a 5.7 route. Contrived. Would have enjoyed gear where the cracks were on the overlaps, therefore, felt like a sport route for the sake of being a sport route. Yawn. Nov 17, 2007
Ivan Rezucha
Fort Collins, CO
Ivan Rezucha   Fort Collins, CO
The general line has been toproped by me and undoubtedly others using the Rhodian Shores anchors and/or Bihedral Arete rap anchor. I believe I did the lower half (on TR) further right using the more difficult left angling seam. As bolted, I kept trying not to use the crack on the left feeling that using that was cheating, but without it the lower half would be more difficult than the rating. Jan 13, 2008
Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
Tony B   Around Boulder, CO
If you avoid the corner entirely at the crux and just go directly up the face alone, the line is slightly more interesting and challenging, and is probably 5.9 that way, otherwise probably 5.8. Jun 4, 2010
Robbie Flick
Baltimore, MD
Robbie Flick   Baltimore, MD
Great route for the beginner sport climber. More thought provoking than the other moderates in this area, with an interesting crux, for the grade.

As for the comments on loose rock - I climbed this yesterday and found a medium sized chockstone in the corner after the crux that looked about ready to go. Considering it's the first good hand after the crux, I'd imagine it's getting pulled on a bunch.... Sep 5, 2010
Just climbed this route today. This is the 5th sport climb I have ever done outside of the climbing gym, and I must say rating scales are definitely different. This was a very fun climb, and at the crux, which I would say is at the 5th-6th bolt, I believe, it took a bit of tuning out the what ifs, and fully commit, found 2 decent holds on the crux, one which looks like a loose piece of rock but is actually a good hold (for now) and was able to clip in while grabbing a small pinch to the left once you get up on the crux. All in all, it is a good route, a bit slabby, some lay back, and a bit reachy at the crux. Easy as pie after the crux, 2 more bolts and then the anchor bolts. Go for it, commit, and you'll send it! Jun 7, 2013
James Hicks
Grand Junction, CO
James Hicks   Grand Junction, CO
The chockstone at the crux is still there, and it doesn't feel loose at all. It might go one day, but it doesn't at all appear imminent. Fun route, nice and slabby in spots. Jan 20, 2014
Daniel Joder
Barcelona, Spain
Daniel Joder   Barcelona, Spain
Chockstone still there--I used it. Mar 3, 2017
Chockstone still there and feels solid. He's a tough one. Jul 25, 2017
Brad Schildt
Boulder, CO
Brad Schildt   Boulder, CO
I watched 4 parties climb this today and not one person "held the line." Everyone climbed left of the bolts using the crack. I've climbed at Bihedral Rock several times, and everyone uses the crack, including me. If the crack is on, why aren't the bolts further left? Oct 20, 2018