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Aborigine S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Among the Stars S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Aphrodite S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Arapiles S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Arnold's Demise S 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Big E S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Blow Tube Envy S 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Bound in Blood S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Captain, The S 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Dreamtime S 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Esse Curve S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Finnacle S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
First Mate S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Gomers in Blue Shirts S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Good Stuff, The S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
HMS S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13
Happy Ending (formerly Top-Rope) T,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Honeymoon Down Under S 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
Just Happens S 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Mister MIA S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Never Ever Slab, The TR 5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c
Plunge, The S 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Red Venus S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Route to the left of The Thin Line S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Tempest Toast S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Thin Line, The S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Undulating Dingo S 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
Virgin Bolters S 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Whale Rider S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Type: Sport, 50 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Rich F. on Oct 9, 2008
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Reopened after flood damage! Details

Description

The crux is just before and after bolt #3. This has a challenging crux for a 5.9 route, but the bolts are close together -- well-protected. Feet, feet, feet!

Location

This is immediately right of The Captain.

Protection

This is a sport route -- you just need about 6 QDs.

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Levi Arnhold
Colorado Springs, CO
  5.10b
Levi Arnhold   Colorado Springs, CO
  5.10b
Yes, long runout at the beginning of the route, but it seemed like the start has been cleaned up. I didn't notice crumbling holds. However, I did feel like the moves between bolt 2-3.5 was too hard for the grade. That section was harder than all of 5.10as and 5.10a/bs on The Whale. To me, it was the second most challenging route on The Whale behind Arnold's Demise. Maybe I climbed it wrong, missed a hold, or some hold deteriorated or broke off... I don't know. Sep 17, 2017
Arlo F Niederer
Colorado Springs, CO
  5.9+
Arlo F Niederer   Colorado Springs, CO
  5.9+
This climb would get more stars if it didn't have the 25 foot unprotected slab start with crumbly rock. I had a foothold crumble under my foot and almost took a nasty tumble down the slab and into the bushes! Although the slab is moderate, a bolt mid-slab would mitigate a fall here.

Once you get to the climb, it's fun, sustained climbing on steep rock. Apr 14, 2016
Cody E
Colorado Springs, CO
  5.9
Cody E   Colorado Springs, CO
  5.9
First bolt is pretty high and run out, but it's pretty easy scrambling getting to it. Thought this was a great climb. I give it 5.9. Solid anchors up top. Feb 4, 2015