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Around the Corner aka Unf.. Real T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Chipmunk Route T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Cooler, The TR 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
Futile Attraction T 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
In Your Face T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Is This For Real? T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Nice Jugs T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Ramp -o -Stone T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Real Black Velvet S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Real Deal, The S 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
Real Thing, The S 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Reality Check T 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
So Wild T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Super Nova T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Unknown Arete T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Unknown Slab/Ramp T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
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Type: Trad, 50 ft
FA: K. Mclaughlin, Mike Johnson, & Schuler
Page Views: 3,126 total · 24/month
Shared By: Kevin McLaughlin on Mar 22, 2008
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Access Issue: Road & nearby private property Details


Climb splitter fingers with an arete to a steep headwall.


This ascends the obvious fingers crack next to an arete.


Cams, wires, 2 bolts.


Golden, CO
Monty   Golden, CO  
Thanks to Kevin for the hard work and his willingness to let others enjoy his routes. Fun route, but thought I'd throw in my experience of why this route is tainted for me now. I became very intrigued as soon as I saw this beauty so of coarse I hoped on it not knowing what it was. I was cruising along enjoying every move, clipped both bolts got to a stance on the headwall were it became kinda mossy, slung a horn, placed an RP and moved right grabing the arete. The next thing I knew a basketball-sized rock breaks off in my hand, I yell rock just in time to look back and watch it land right on my dog's leg. I pull the move and finish the onsight but got to spend the rest of the day carrying a 70lb husky out of the ridge and back to the car. The break was so bad she may loose her leg.... Sorry for the downer, but the route is much cleaner now. I don't want to scare anyone away but be careful up there this is not your typical Platte granite. Mar 27, 2008
Kevin McLaughlin
Colorado Springs
Kevin McLaughlin   Colorado Springs
Monty, I am truly sorry about your dog. When you say you stepped right and grabbed the arete up high I believe you were in virgin territory, splitting / combining two routes. Futile stays left on the flat wall - and So Wild climbs on the wall which has all the overlaps. I think you did a F.A. by combining the two maybe. I don't know exactly where you were from your post. More importantly, I hope your dog heals and gets better soon. Mar 28, 2008
Hank Caylor
Glenwood Springs, CO
Hank Caylor   Glenwood Springs, CO  
Monty, best wishes for your dogs recovery. Mar 29, 2008
Golden, CO
Monty   Golden, CO  
Hey thanks guys, I hope all is well. Kevin thanks for adding that head wall pic. From where you were I was just right in the wanna be crack system there. I had grabbed a hold on the underside of that roof. The moves still felt about 11- ish but are much cleaner now. Regardless it was still a fun route. I just wish I could have enjoyed it a little more. See you out there! Mar 31, 2008
Kevin McLaughlin
Colorado Springs
Kevin McLaughlin   Colorado Springs
Due to broken face hold by the second bolt this route is considerably harder- probably 5.12. Apr 9, 2008
Awesome route...needs traffic to clean up!
Small tcu's and RP's protect the final section after the last bolt. Jun 7, 2009
Scott Bennett
Scott Bennett  
Killer start, and a creative line up high. Didn't feel anywhere near 5.12, though.

-Scott Oct 12, 2010
Drew Thayer
Denver, CO
Drew Thayer   Denver, CO
Amazing movement, some really unique situations.

Note: as of May 2011 a flake above the last bolt (before the route slabs out) is loose. I don't recommend placing in it. Place a #0.75 Camalot down and right or run it out to a tricky but good #0.5 Camalot placement before turning the final roof/corner.

Felt like 5.11, especially in comparison to The Expensive Route in Wasp Canyon. Jun 19, 2011
ChanVan Schaack
ChanVan Schaack  
Not to be a naysayer here, but I didn't think this route was all that great after the first 30 feet (the sweet crack and arete). To stay out on the face and go directly up past the bolts seems totally contrived, as you can easily step right into the chossy corner the whole way up. I took the path of least resistance and ended up basically climbing half on the face half in the kitty litter corner, which was kind weird and had a lot of pebbles falling on my belayer. I fully understand that that crack and arete absolutely had to be climbed but just felt like the top seemed a bit forced. All in all, still fun but not as classic as the neighboring routes. Aug 12, 2013
Dan 60D5H411
Colorado Springs, CO
Dan 60D5H411   Colorado Springs, CO
Really cool route with a series of high steps, mantels, and long reaches to good stances. If you are anywhere near kitty litter while passing the second bolt, you are way too far right! An improbable hold and sequence left of the second bolt will reward you with good rock and great moves. May 26, 2014

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