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Routes in West Ridge - part C - Pony Express to Long John

Barrel of Monkeys S 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Bloke On The Side T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R
Bridget the Midget T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
Byway T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R
Chick on the Side T 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Conversions T,TR 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b X
Court Jester T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
Crazy Stairs T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Curving Dihedral T 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Dandi-Line T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Dead Letter Department T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Drug Abuse T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Erickson's Finish T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
False Prophet T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Fever, The T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Going Postal T 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Good Ship Venus T 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13
Handcracker Direct T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Hanging Chad T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13
Heat Wave T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Horse d'Oeuvre (aka Pony Express P1 to Zip Code) T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Human Factor, The T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R
Hyperspace Roundup T,S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b PG13
Ignominity T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Ignore Me T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
Iron Horse T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Knife, The T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
Lightning Bolt Crack T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Lost in the Netherlands T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Mail Ridge Tower Link-Up T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Mail Ridge, The T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Mesca-Line T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Muscle and Hate T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
Pluto T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Pony Express T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Pony Express, Briggs' Variation T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Practice Climb 101 T 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b R
Practice Wall T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Prison Sex T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
Pygmy Pony T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13
Quick Silver T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13
Quicksand T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R
Quiet Desperation T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a R
Reckoning T,S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Rhombohedral T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
Rope to Ruin T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Seemingly Innocent T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
Side Wall, The T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R
Sister Morphine T,TR 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Sooberb T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Sooberb Lite T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Sundial T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Sword Of Damocles T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Thin Ice T,TR 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a X
Think Quickly T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R
Unbroken Chain T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a R
Warp Drive Overload S 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
Who's Holding T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
Wind Tunnel T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
Zeros and Ones T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13
variation to Mail Ridge T,TR 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Type: Trad, 100 ft
FA: Alec Sharp
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Shared By: Ron Olsen on Jul 1, 2008
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Description

Another heady climb by Alec Sharp. Good climbing to a cool corner. The crux is gaining the corner and the climbing eases the higher you climb.

My main reason for posting this route is posting a picture I took of Derek Hersey leading the route in 1984.

Location

Start right of Sidewall.

Protection

RPs, mid-size stoppers, small to medium cams and I remember a #2.5 Friend being somewhat crucial. I have done the route a couple of times the last being in 1984.

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"My main reason for posting this route is posting a picture I took of Derek Hersey leading the route in 1984."

Where is the pic? Jun 25, 2009
Scott Bennett
  5.11c
Scott Bennett  
  5.11c
A very good route, another fun pitch in the Sidewall "hangout". Despite its dirty and lichen-ous appearance, it actually climbs pretty cleanly and the rock is very good.

This route is actually quite safe, given some patience and creativity. There are a few good pieces in the crack/slot at the lip of the roof, but getting them in can be pretty strenuous. Our strategy was to lead on double ropes (we folded over our single rope) and place a good cam in the base of the "Human Factor" dihedral. This protected the multiple forays up to the lip of the roof to scout and place the crux gear. After maybe a half-dozen up and down climbs, I had 2 good pieces to protect the crux sequence, which involved some fun dynamic reaches on big holds and a bit of tricky footwork.

Once in the corner, the climbing is easier, but still pumpy. You'll have to decide for yourself whether to use the mini tree as a jug (heck yeah, this is trad climbing!). There are a few slots for bigger cams (green-yellow camalot) in the corner, so don't leave them on the ground.

Overall, this is a high quality and safe pitch for the Eldo 5.11 climber. Big props to Alec Sharp for all his rad FAs, as well as his killer route names!

-Scott Mar 9, 2009
Rob Kepley
Westminster,CO
Rob Kepley   Westminster,CO
After looking thru the guide again I realized that the route I have been looking at is called "Wild Side" immediately right of the second pitch of Sidewall. I was confusing this with Quiet Desperation, since the topo for that area is really vague in the guide. Aug 23, 2008
Rob Kepley
Westminster,CO
Rob Kepley   Westminster,CO
Thanks Chris, I was up there again this morning scoping it out, and I can see a way to gain the corner just to the right of Sidewall. It looks really sketchy with poor rock though. I would most likely hang a rope from above to TR it before leading it. I would hate to have a hold rip off trying to onsight it. It also looks really dirty up there, no one has probably been on it in quite a while. Aug 22, 2008
Chris Archer
  5.11 PG13
Chris Archer  
  5.11 PG13
Rob, it's an independent line R of Sidewall with better protection than Sidewall's first pitch. Aug 22, 2008
Rob Kepley
Westminster,CO
Rob Kepley   Westminster,CO
Bob, is this the hanging corner just above Sidewall, right before its crux or does Quiet Desperation have an independent start to the right of Sidewall? I guess what I'm trying to ask is do you have to climb the first 20 ft or so of Sidewall to gain Quiet?

Thanks! Aug 21, 2008