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Across Enemy Lines T,S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Arkansas Patriot (aka Wonderin' Where the Lions Are) T,S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Battle Fatigue T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Battle of Evermore T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
Battle of the Bulge (suggested name) T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Blood for Oil S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Camouflage T 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c R
Diagonal T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Eight Clicks to Saigon T,S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
Front Lines T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
GI Joe Does Barbie T,S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Kasserine Pass T,S 5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c R
Lizzard Warrior S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Monkey Lust T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
No More War T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Nobody Here But Us Chickens S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a X
Nuclear Polka T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Old Bolt Route T,S 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c PG13
Pearl Harbor T,S,TR 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Rambo Santa S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Saigon to Pearl Harbor T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Stronghold T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R
Tree Roof T,S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Unknown 1 T,S 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Unknown 2 T,S 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Unknown 3 T,S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Unknown 4 T,S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
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Type: Trad, Sport, 200 ft, 2 pitches
FA: Patrick Ackerson, June 6, 2007
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Shared By: Patrick Ackerson on May 11, 2009
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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This was the route called Unfinished Business in the Rocky Mountain National Park: The Climber's Guide: Estes Park Valley; by Gillett, Bernard. The base of the route is immediately left of Blood for Oil and right of the Diagonal start.


First pitch: Five bolts, belay with #0.75 Camalots.
Second pitch: Six bolts plus 1-4 Metolius (double #1s) and one small black Alien, belay at bolts.


Patrick Ackerson
Loveland, CO
Patrick Ackerson   Loveland, CO
Crux begins at the second bolt (thin & sequential). The next three bolts are not a free ride, but noticeably easier. After the fifth bolt, run it to a large ledge and use the crack to build a belay (#0.75 Camalots are handy). The five bolts on a blank face mark the beginning of the second pitch (three bolts left are for Enemy Lines and five right are for Blood for Oil). Most of this section is sustained 11/12 climbing only breaking after the fourth bolt. Past bolt five begins the trad portion, and steepest section of the climb. First bulge take the left-facing, shallow dihedral with a finger crack to help (moderate 12). Second bulge traverse right and up into a shallow alcove and clip a lone bolt. Finish by sneaking up to slopers above the bolt and blast for the anchor (bolts). Craig Luebben was said to have described the steep section as thin and scary. May 11, 2009
Even though Pat ticked this route a couple of years ago I have to say that I watched him climb it again 6 weeks ago or so. It is true of all great athletes that they make the most difficult maneuvers look so easy. Pat floated the crux and had I not known the difficulty I would have sworn he was on a 5.8 slab. Very strong work Pat. Let's hit that roof again, I want to see you get it. Al May 11, 2009
Scott Matz
Loveland, CO
Scott Matz   Loveland, CO
Good work Pat, we'll have to climb sometime, I met you late night in the Big Thompson, the fastest I've ever seen a rope put in a coil in my career. Aug 12, 2009
Alex Shainman
Rifle, CO
Alex Shainman   Rifle, CO
Nice send! That is a really hard slab!! Jan 27, 2010

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