Type: Sport, 70 ft
FA: Mark Van Horn, 1990
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Shared By: Monomaniac on Dec 8, 2008
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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What's the Combo? is an enjoyable, sustained climb on a beautiful panel of white limestone. The movement is excellent & engaging, but some spooky rock and mild contrivance detract somewhat from the experience.

Begin up on a good ledge 3 feet off the ground. Easy scrambling along a detached flake leads to the business, 4-5 bolts of intense crimping & route finding, ending in a good shake at the obvious 6" undercling/flake. This section can be made easier (5.11) by using the left arete, but the climb is far more aesthetic & challenging without it.

Above the rest, 5.11- enduro crimps zig zag up the excellent headwall.


This is immediately left of "Flight Simulator", it climbs the clean wall immediately right of the obvious, flared, chimnney feature that splits the lower half of the "14 Carats" Wall.


8 bolts, 2 bolt anchor. It is easy to TR this from Flight Simulator.


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I felt a little dirty when I did this route, but reading that Mono didn't even use the arete - now I feel filthy. Have to take a cold shower with a lot of soap, then go back and do it in better style. May 30, 2012

Having done it a couple times now - it's pretty tedious to not use the side of the flake. I think overall with the top crux 11d is a pretty good compromise. Healthy runout to the anchor and the last few moves are not easy. Might want to have a plan for this as blowing this would probably be a 40 footer. Jun 4, 2012
Derek Young
Denver, CO
Derek Young   Denver, CO
After o/s'ing this using the dihedral, I checked out the face panel for the 1st few bolts. Maybe something broke, but the face seemed solid 12/12+ compared to other 12s in the area. Since there is nothing between this and 14 Carats (is there?*), path of least resistance says jam or layback the dihedral. Easy clips/bolt hanging. There are stellar holds in there.

So here's my opinion... (for whatever it's worth) 11/11- if you use the dihedral, 12/12+ if you use the face panel. Maybe I just didn't see the holds on the face panel, but whoa.

  • (is there?) - you'll notice there is a set of anchors set a little higher up to the left, halfway between Combo and 14carats. Wussat 'bout? You suggesting a Turrr sesh?
Nov 6, 2016
Anchor replaced with 1/2" SS + Mussy hooks in 2018. Also cleaned a few time bomb/belayer killer jugs off of the wall. Tools provided by The Access Fund, all hardware courtesy of the ASCA. Consider a donation @ safeclimbing.org. Jun 28, 2018