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Bustin' Move S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Damage Done, The S,TR 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Descent Route T,TR 5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c R
Momentary Lapse of Ethics S,TR 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Needle TR wall aka Uphill Slab TR 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
North Lieback T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
South Face T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Suburban Hangover S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Temple of the Dog S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Type: Sport, 50 ft
FA: Tommy Caldwell, 1995
Page Views: 90 total, 1/month
Shared By: Jonathan Siegrist on Jun 20, 2009
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Start on a right-facing slab and plug a large-ish cam in the corner (#1 or #1.5). Climb through moderate terrain, clipping two bolts and getting established on an overlap. From here, the crux begins and trends right towards the third bolt. A couple options exist, all involving crimps and a dynamic snatch. Continue to chains through 15 ft of easier, but still relatively difficult stone.

This is a fun route, and it's close to town. Definitely save it for that half day when you can't quite make the hike to the mega crags.


This is to the right of 'The Damage Done' and to the left of 'Momentary Lapse of Ethics'.


7 QDs, a cam (around #1-#2 ish).


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Dr. Thompson Jr. Jr.
Estes Park, Colorado
Dr. Thompson Jr. Jr.   Estes Park, Colorado
Under Location for this route, it says right of "Damage Done" and left of "Momentary lapse of Ethics". To my knowledge, that is not accurate. M.L.E is left of Temple. Damage Done is right of Temple. Aug 19, 2012
Nathan Welton
Estes Park, CO
Nathan Welton   Estes Park, CO
5.9 to a rest, then a four or five move V9 that's crimpy, sharp, and really damn hard, to a enormous jug, to 5.11. Sep 25, 2011