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Bam S 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Corporate Greed S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Drive By Shooting S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Gray Block Left (submitted as Blue Route 2) S 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Gray Block Right (submitted as Blue Route 1) S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Let The Honeymoon Begin S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Lugie Head S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Momentary Lack of Resin S 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Mouse S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Mouse Almighty S 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
One Classy Bitch S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Punchbown Arch (Right Arch of Cave) S 5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c PG13
Smoke on the Water S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Snipe Hunter S 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Sunrise Shuffle S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Super Barnacle S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Turds in the Punchbowl S 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
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Type: Sport, 70 ft
FA: Mike Argueso & Clay Hall
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Shared By: Nate Adams on Jul 9, 2007
Admins: Alvaro Arnal, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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This is a really good route, reminiscent of the Project Wall in Rifle. It may be 11d/12a.


On the topo, this is route #8.


10 Bolts, chain anchors.


Chris Archer
  5.11d R
Chris Archer  
  5.11d R
This is a great route and would get 4 stars if not for the serious, 10+ ledge out finish. Don't blow the top. Jul 14, 2008
Morrison, CO
Monomaniac   Morrison, CO  
This is really a great route. I don't see the comparison to the Project Wall, but whatev. The bolting is a little poor, and I agree that the finish detracts a bit, but this is a long continuous line that is well worth doing. The rock is mostly excellent, and the movement is great. There are many great rests, but you never seem to quite get it all back.

As for the grade, this is at least a letter grade easier than Turds. Aug 10, 2009
John Widerman
Minturn, CO
John Widerman   Minturn, CO
You'll be missing some dental work if you biff the mantle at the top for sure. Great climb, really sustained, only a few good rests. Nov 7, 2009
chatfield lake ,co
DJ RYNO   chatfield lake ,co
Awesome climb. Old school bolt job. 11d intro with sustained 11 stacked on top with multiple rests. This felt more demanding than Turds, and I feel it is 12a. Don't biff the top. Aug 1, 2011
New Haven, CT
GabeO   New Haven, CT
Absolutely superb route. Unfortunately, the bolt spacing is a bit far apart by modern sport standards. This adds to the fun for some (points to self) and detracts for others. Jul 16, 2012
New Haven, CT
GabeO   New Haven, CT
By the way, I think the crux is a bit height dependent. If you're taller than me (5.7) there would be an easier way to finish the crux. And the way I did it would be still harder for anyone shorter than me. Although... there were also some moves that were scrunchy for me, so tall folks might have issues too. Jul 16, 2012
Lauren D. Hollingsworth
Colorado Springs, CO
Lauren D. Hollingsworth   Colorado Springs, CO
A football-sized chunk of rock came off in my hand yesterday about a body length below where there appears to have been an anchor at some point. The natural way to do this climb seems to be left of the corner. The last bit wasn't hard, it just detracts from the climbing some, since the route changes character.

P.S. Short folks: get your balance on, and go ultra thin on crimps to the left at the crux. Jun 23, 2014
nate post
nate post   Silverthorne
Best route I've done so far in Lime Creek. I loved the spaced out bolts. No reason to stick clip. I blew the crux twice before clipping the second bolt. I didn't hit the ground. Jul 6, 2014
Boulder, CO
  5.12- PG13
michalm   Boulder, CO
  5.12- PG13
Excellent route. One of the best around at the grade. Felt similar in difficulty to Momentary Lack of Resin, just a different style of climbing.

There is a dangerous crux above the first bolt with some ankle breaking potential. If you have a very long telescoping clip stick, you might be able to toprope through this section. The runout at the top is trivial and shouldn't deter anyone climbing the grade. Jul 9, 2018

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