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Routes in The Canal Zone

Aretnophobia S 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Batso Canal S 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Bear's Choice S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Bear's Choice Easy Variation S 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Beasto S 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Berga S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Box of Rain S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Buckets of Rain S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Cut Loose S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Dirt Trek T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Gondolier Arete S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Holiday Road S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Ivy League S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Lambada S 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Lame Line T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Levada S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Made In The Shade S 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Panama Red S 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Ridin' the Moon Buggy T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Ripple S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Route Canal T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Snake Eyes S 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Turkey Jerky S 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Venice Beach S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Walking With A Ghost S 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Whopper, The S 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
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Type: Sport, 80 ft
FA: Bruce Hildenbrand and Dale Haas
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Shared By: Bruce Hildenbrand on Oct 9, 2008
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Face climb straight up past two bolts then trend a bit left to the arete passing several more bolts. Finish on the headwall above. The crux is probably getting to the first bolt, but the grade seems to stay pretty constant all the way to the last bolt. There is a 20' runout from the last bolt to the chains on easy, but fun terrain.


This route starts about 75' to the right of Batso Canal, and about 20' right of Lambada. The first bolt is about 10' off the ground.


9 bolts. Optional 2-3" cam for the easy runout to the anchor.


Adam Berger
Adam Berger  
Fun route, very dirty but will clean up with traffic. There is a run-out between the 2nd and 3rd bolt as well. If you take the easy way to the right it's not bad, but if you stick to the arete then be careful because a fall could land you on the ground. This section will take gear, probably a #1 C4 or smaller. Oct 17, 2008
Longmont, CO
HTP   Longmont, CO
I agree -- a little dirty, especially if you wander right (which I did several times), but based on how many climbers followed me Sunday, I'd say the loose dirt and lichen won't last long. There are two short runouts through easier sections: between bolts 2 and 3, and between the last bolt and the anchors. But it's very doable. Oct 22, 2008
Julius Beres
Boulder, CO
Julius Beres   Boulder, CO
I did this today and thought it was more challenging than the 5.9 Made in the Shade because of the loose rock, but that should go away eventually. I did it without any gear, but I would consider bringing a #1-#2 cam for the long run out on easy ground between the last bolt and the anchor. If you made it that far, you probably won't fall, but it is a long way to the top from the last bolt. Oct 25, 2008
Denver, CO
ZachS00   Denver, CO
Just on this today. About midway up I pulled on a jug sidepull that completely tore off, almost hitting my belayer. Beware of loose holds on the right side of the climb. Also, it blew my 5.8 onsight, which I track Oct 31, 2008
Bruce Hildenbrand  
When we, the FA party, envisioned this route and bolted it, the line we climbed went straight up past the first two bolts then worked over to the arete on the left and climbed straight up that past three bolts then up the headwall above past three more bolts to the anchor. We spent two days cleaning the loose rock and lichen, bushes, etc. from this line.

There is a gully to the right of the arete which contains some loose rock, bushes, etc. which is off the climbing line we bolted. Obviously, we can't dictate where people climb, but if you want to climb on rock which is most likely cleaner, then follow the line of the bolts.

Bruce Oct 31, 2008
Fun route...took a bunch of new climber friends up there this last weekend...still a very dirty route and we had some good-sized rocks come off while we were climbing...but some people did go far off route and into the gully. Beginning is a little bouldery but good moves! May 7, 2009
Bruce Hildenbrand  
Today, my partner Dale and I, the original FA party, added a bolt on the runout between the 2nd and 3rd bolt. There are now nine (9) bolts on the route. We also did a bunch of cleaning in the gully to the right of the climbing line. Oct 6, 2009
Darren Buford
Darren Buford  
Really fun lead. Getting to the first bolt is a bit iffy (have a spotter) and that last 20 feet between bolts is a bit terrifying for a new leader (didn't have this beta until I was looking down the barrel of the gun). Resist the temptation to move too far right of the bolts, or that last clip is gonna be an eye-opener, requiring a small traverse left of crimps. Jun 3, 2010
Ben Burnett
Ben Burnett   Colorado
The line is good if you stay on the arete, bad if you move into the gully. Jun 12, 2010
For some reason, this route is killer on the legs. I think it's because all the "resting" stances keep your legs at some kind of angle that strains the muscles. The secret is to keep moving - the longer you stand resting, the more it'll hurt. Aug 20, 2010
pat thompson
pat thompson   superior
FYI: there are wasps in the small crack 12 inches below the 3rd bolt. Can easily skip third bolt by climbing right and clipping 4th bolt.
Cheers!!! Aug 10, 2011
Denver, CO
5.8 R
J P   Denver, CO
5.8 R
Definite runout between the last bolt and the anchors.

Easy climbing from there, but slips happen, rock gives way, and it's going to be an ugly whipper. Aug 30, 2011
Robert Buswold
Northglenn, CO
Robert Buswold   Northglenn, CO
This was a fun route, but it felt harder than its 5.9 neighbor down the way, "Made in the Shade." Anyone else agree? Sep 6, 2011
Don Morris
Golden, CO
Don Morris   Golden, CO
Warmed up with this route today. I am finding the new climbs in Clear Creek to have an inflated rating of difficulty. This climb compared to Eldo or even Golden Cliffs would rate no higher than a 7+. If this keeps up you might think you are a better climber than you are, until you dare to get on a Layton Kor 5.9. I would recommend keeping the ratings conservative for the respect of the crag and developer. Sep 17, 2011
There is a missing hanger on the 5th-6th bolt (I don't remember which one at the moment). Be prepared for a long mid section run-out.

Without that hanger on the bolt, the climb is now PG-13. Jun 14, 2012
Bruce Hildenbrand  
Replaced the missing hanger and bolt on this route today. As a bit of history this particular bolt, the sixth on the route, was a spinner and a climber felt it was safer to remove the nut, washer and hanger rather than to hand tighten the nut.

Personally, I would disagree with this decision. It seems to me to be safer to hand tighten the nut and then either come back with the appropriate wrench to properly tighten it or tell someone who is more qualified about the problem so they can properly tighten it.

To avoid further problems, I added 3/8" SS lock washers to all the bolts.

Also, I removed the chains and added Mussy Hooks to the quicklinks. Those not familiar with how to use Mussy Hooks at an anchor should obtain proper information. As a quick summary, these are beefy steel hooks, and while it is poor form to belay and lower through chains or rings, it is advised to belay and lower through Mussy Hooks. Those not comfortable with this setup have the option of clipping draws through the quicklinks or the hooks themselves.

Thanks to Ron Olsen for donating the hooks. Thanks to the Lord of the Canal, Kirk Miller, for retrieving the hanger, washer, and nut which were taken off the 6th bolt. Happy and safe climbing! Jun 17, 2012
Tucson, Arizona
  5.8+ PG13
NickMartel   Tucson, Arizona
  5.8+ PG13
Bruce: I have put up a few routes on Mt. Lemmon in Tucson, AZ and was given a bunch of the EXACT same hooks (china stamp etc...). I really liked them and how easy they were to use until one of the gates got DESTROYED by just pulling a rope (that was a bit twisted) through it, I still have that one it if you want to see it, but regardless I no longer endorse them. Food for thought....
Just my $0.02....
Thanks anyways, it is the thought that counts. Apr 1, 2013
Tucson, Arizona
  5.8+ PG13
NickMartel   Tucson, Arizona
  5.8+ PG13
Regarding the route. The crux is getting to the 1st bolt, but solid throughout. Good hand but tricky feet. Spot your climber till they get the 1st bolt clipped. Apr 1, 2013
Jeremy C
Golden, CO
Jeremy C   Golden, CO
Try very hard not to fall while gaining the anchors. It's probably only 5.6 thorough this last 20ft but would generate a pretty long fall. The rest of the route is fairly sustained and drifts sideways in a couple of cool spots. Oct 14, 2013
Jason Platt  
The route is awesome! Getting off the ground is pretty difficult, but the landing is good, so it's not that big of a deal. Once you are above the first clip, the climb is really sweet. It's a bit easier if you stay right, but the arete is also really cool. The runout at the top is no big deal, since the climbing is very easy. If you can climb to the runout, there is pretty much no way you would manage to fall on the last few moves. It also stays shady until 1ish even in the summer, which is a plus. May 28, 2014
Bruce Hildenbrand  
Dale Haas and I did some minor route maintenance today. We replaced the worn Mussy Hooks. We made sure all the bolts were tight. Lastly, I trundled the block with the white X on it about 3/4 of the way up the climb to the right. It is now a cheat stone to keep your shoes clean while you try and get established on the footholds at the start. Sep 30, 2015
Brett Wagner
Golden, CO
Brett Wagner   Golden, CO
Fun route, goofy start. Clean your shoes first. Jun 3, 2016
Chris Ham
Chris Ham  
Fun, lengthy route. The plethora of holds seemed to be a bit tricky for the newer people with me, so there are better 5.8s in the area for new leaders. Really fun, exposed crux move near the top. I didn't feel the cam was necessary during the run out, but it could be helpful for the nervous leaders. Nov 6, 2017
todd duncan
todd duncan   colorado
Started with dirty shoes from the muddy ground and could not make the first bolt, cleaned the shoes and followed on TR. Fine climb for my beginning skills. Climbed 11/3/17. Nov 17, 2017

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