Type: Trad, 350 ft, 4 pitches, Grade III
FA: Jay Nelson and Bryan Ferguson in the mid eighties
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Shared By: Bryan Ferguson on May 20, 2008
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Access Issue: We talked to the nice people at the Hidden Valley Dude Ranch and they kindly escorted accross the ranch. Details


Pitch one - Climb the 5.9+ slab protected by one 5/16th inch bolt that leads to the prominent double hand cracks.

Pitch two - Climb the double cracks (5.8) up into the right-facing dihedral.

Pitch three - ID the left-tending, rising traverse. Climb out of the dihedral onto the face protected by bolts. Then climb the thin crack and face holds (5.11) to gain the belay ledge.

Pitch four - Climb the beautiful 5.9 hand crack to the summit.


This is the prominent line close to the middle of the Infidel West Face.


Friends and nuts to 3 inch including a selection of micro stoppers. Bolts if you'd like to replace the old buttonheads.
Allen Hill
FIve Points, Colorado and Pine
Allen Hill   FIve Points, Colorado and Pine
Absolutely a brilliant line. It has everything for the South Platte climber; thin face, off width, fingers, and a wonderful hand crack to top it off. It really should be a considered a Platte classic. Needs new bolts. Also only one bolt on the first pitch. Serious pitch as it is now. Jul 13, 2009
Bryan Ferguson
Bryan Ferguson  
Regarding bolts on The Infidel:
I understand replacing bolts with modern, safer bolts but please don't add bolts to the Infidel. I led the first and third pitches on-sight without pre-view and drilled each bolt (no power drill - all with hand brace and hammer) on lead without aid (Jay lead pitches two and four). The addition of bolts will alter the route in a way that will erase the spirit in which the route first was done. Aug 2, 2009