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Clovis Hunter S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Cro-Magnon S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Devilution S 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
Erectus (Open Project) S 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
Evolution S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Hominid S 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Hunter Gatherer S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
ILL (Ian and Lance Line) Route, The S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Intelligent Design S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Lucy S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Mastodont S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Meanderthal S 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Native Rituals S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Natural Selection S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Neanderthal S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Neolithic S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Quest for Fire S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Sapien S 5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Solo Man (or Homo Erectus Soloensis) S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Survival of the Fittest S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Tribal Moves (aka Sacred Stone) S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Voyage of the Beagle S 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Type: Sport, 150 ft, 2 pitches
FA: Aaron Miller, Fred Berman
Page Views: 1,079 total, 9/month
Shared By: Aaron Miller on Feb 13, 2008
Admins: Shirtless Mike, Aaron Hobson, Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski

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Description

The route is on the left-most side of cave. Climb first half of "Hominid" and traverse right to belay or if you are in the mood for a fun roof problem, climb "Natural Selection" whose anchors share the belay stance for "Intelligent Design".

From the belay, climb straight up face and dihedral to a step right and over bulges onto super-exposed face of large hanging pillar, then pull the exhilerating crux and dance to the anchors.

Note: From mid-belay, the climber can be lowered through top anchor of this route to the ground with a 60m rope (use your best judgement). It will eliminate fiddling with setting up the rappel after your proud send.

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Shirtless Mike
Denver, CO
 
Shirtless Mike   Denver, CO  
 
We were able to link this pitch with hominid and climb it in one long pitch. To keep rope drag down we backcleaned the first several draws and used long slings on a few bolts. With a 60m we were able to easily lower back to the top of the first pitch. With a 70m rope you may be able to get back to the ground if the belayer walks part way up the pillar. Tie a knot and use caution of course. Dec 9, 2012
Aaron Miller
Santa Fe, NM
 
Aaron Miller   Santa Fe, NM
 
Pitch one is called "Hominid" and does not technically share anchors with "Intelligent design". An alternate approach to the bleay for "ID" is to climb the burly "Natural Selection". The "ID" pitch is the second pitch that ascends the prominent pillar feature. Feb 3, 2009
LeeAB Brinckerhoff   ABQ, NM  
Pitch 1 is 1 star, we did not do pitch 2 but it looked good. Oct 17, 2008