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Routes in The Alcove

Bell Curve A.K.A. Silent But Deadly S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Butter Face S 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
California Stars S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Dirty, Rotten Scoundrel S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
First Time Out S 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Grilled Cheese aka Burger S 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Groove Is In The Heart S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Groove Tube S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Guiding Light S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Keep On Keepin' On S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Lunch Bucket A.K.A. Romper Room S 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Lunch Bucket? (dubbed No Se) S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
New Arete AKA Entrance Exam S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Past Tense S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Rain of Terror S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Right of Test Drive TR 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Test Drive S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Thunder Thighs S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Tropical Depression S 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Viper Room S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Ze Boom Boom Room S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Type: Sport, 50 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Matthew Seymour on May 5, 2007
Admins: Edward Medina, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Description

Climb up the slab with moves that look harder than they are. Pass one short steep section to the first two bolt anchor. If you want, continue up the slab to a good stance. Then one final mantle to the left brings you to a large ledge with a second two bolt anchor.

Location

This route is one of several nice routes in the alcove area of the Pool Wall in Ouray, a friendly place to climb with closely spaced bolts. Park in the upper lot for the pool in town. Cross the road and head up the obvious wash. You pass an old no trespassing sign, access is currently allowed, continue up the wash and you will be in the alcove

Test Drive is the fifth route from the left in the alcove, two routes right of Groove Tube. It starts up a slab to a two bolt anchor, and an extension continues up to a large ledge.

Protection

Bolts: 4 to the first anchor, 3 more to a second anchor.

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Patrick Yarbrough
Colorado Springs, CO
  5.8-
Patrick Yarbrough   Colorado Springs, CO
  5.8-
5.7 to the first anchor, 5.8 if you continue up to the upper anchor. Slabby and a good test for climbers learning how to smear. Aug 9, 2014