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Routes in Observatory Rock

99% Pure T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Double Vision T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Flop, The T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Glass Bead Game, The T,S 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Jonah T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Mineral Secretion T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Original Route T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Panic in the Gray Womb T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Punch Line T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Skin Mechanic T,S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Stargazing T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Telescoping Sum T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Will Chevy Slab S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
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Type: Trad, 60 ft
FA: Bernard Gillett, Paul Bodnar, 2003
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Shared By: Tony B on Jun 1, 2008
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Punch Line is a good line that will clean up a little more with traffic.

Climb up the bottom part on trad gear, which may be the crux for face climbers... continue up to a slab, where you step right, clip a bolt for protection, then step back left under the bolt again, and climb up on a powerful section of flake-pinching and small feet. Finish by trying to pull onto the summit slab gracefully, if you can.


From the right-hand (western) edge of the crag, walk East past the Original Route and continue until a large roof appears. At the right edge of the inset formed by this, there is a left-facing corner with a crack, capped by a slab and overhanging flake with 3 bolts, then a bolt-and-chain anchor. This is 'Punch Line.'


The upper crux is bolted, and the lower crux is trad/crack. Both can be adequately protected with a standard light rack and the existing bolts.


Ben Burnett
Ben Burnett   Colorado
This is a short, fun route. Look for the best feet up top. I didn't find them my first time up and took a pretty good lob. I didn't hit the ledge and that was about the biggest fall you could take. A red Alien could protect the final mantle crux pretty well - I guess I should have taken the time to place it on my first try. Mar 9, 2009
Andy Hansen
Longmont, CO
Andy Hansen   Longmont, CO
Place some gear after the bolts. It's worth it not to hit the ledge as the crux moves are not obvious. An OK route. I'd say there are better 10s in the area. Oct 21, 2012
I did this route yesterday. It really kicked my butt. I would definitely advise placing a piece above the second bolt. When you get to the end of that excellent layback flake, there is NOT a ready exit... so be prepared. Apr 13, 2014
Rick Vermeil
Erie, CO
Rick Vermeil   Erie, CO
Sandbag at 10-! Felt more like 10c to me at the crux lieback. Definitely save a small cam for above last bolt. Apr 13, 2015

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