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Routes in Upper Spire

Arete Route T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
Beast of No Nation T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Burnt Offerings T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Cabin Fever S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Char Broiled T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
Crispy Critters TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Desperado (Roof Variation) T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Dot to Dot T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Fear of Flying T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Gingerbread T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Harrison Direct Variation T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
Holy Smoke T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Jugs Revisited T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Lesbian Love S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Necklace Traverse "direct" T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
North Ridge T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Robert's Aid Crack T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Smokehouse Brown T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Steppin' Stone T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
T-Bone S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R
Thanksgiving T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Up for Grabs T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
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Type: Trad, 70 ft
FA: Aidan Maguire, 2000
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Per ST- "Sustained, balancy, and powerful". Unique and improbable movement. 5.11 climbing at third bolt. Crux move at fourth bolt requires dynamic movement to a gaston finger lock in horizontal roof crack. 5.10 to the chains.


Starts off big shelf to the left of Steppin' Stone. Goes through obvious bulge and roof combo. Finishes on same anchor as Steppin' Stone.


Trad pro .6 to 1.5" plus 6 bolts. Can clip first bolt by going high on starting shelf - then can continue from there of step back down to start climbing directly beneath the bolt.


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Aidan Maguire
Aidan Maguire  
Route is rated 11d and depends a bit on reach at crux. Option gear is not optional unless very bold and up to 1.5 inch.
At 5:8” I do the crux with a heel hook Oct 22, 2011
Vlad S
Vlad S  
The dyno to a gaston fingerlock move was much harder than 5.11 for me as an average height person. There are no feet for that move as well, so being stronger wouldn't even help much. It's all about reach. The climbing up to that point is already in the 5.11+ range. Cool route! I'll try it again once I grow a few inches. Feb 2, 2015
Jordan Hirro
Colorado Springs/Carbondale
Jordan Hirro   Colorado Springs/Carbondale
Killer route, Aiden. I'd say the lower half is low 11/10+ until the gaston fingerlock move. As for that, the move is very doable at average height in my opinion. I am 5'10" and had no problems. Sure, it's a bit hard, and I would give it 11d, but my 5'3" girlfriend was consistently within 1 inch of a solid lock. Overall great route, and don't get scared of the reach! Thanks for the addition, Aiden. Jun 29, 2015
Michael Dom
Michael Dom  
Up there with Lesbian Love in terms of quality. Hard. I definitely whipped. Dec 13, 2015
TRed after climbing Steppin Stone. Among the list of holds I never thought I'd have to use at Phantom Spires, there's a bomber mono about half way up. The footless gaston fingerlock dyno was definitely a different level of bouldery than the rest of the climb, but fun moves. Decided not to booty a leaver biner two bolts down from there, it was starting to get worn through, as if a lot of people bailed there. Jun 19, 2016

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