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Checkered Demon T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Face Shot T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Gigantor S 5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c
Houser Arete T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Luna 12 S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Ruby and the Dykes T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Some Assembly Required S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Take a Hike S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Yonkers S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
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Type: Sport, 80 ft
FA: Ted Thompson
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Shared By: Jonathan Siegrist on Aug 8, 2009
Admins: grk10vq, Mike Engle

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On the right side of Checkered Demon, next to 'Take a Hike' 12d, is an amazing series of dirt-red patina plates. Gigantor begins on a 25 ft. high flake / ledge and climbs through these plates directly to the top of the feature. The climb is characterized by long, powerful moves between the plates, balance intensive footwork and a spicy finish.

Few good rests exist, and the climbing tends to get more difficult as you gain altitude. Unlike its neighbor 'Take a Hike' this climb is generally free of birds nests.


Right of 'Take a Hike' on Checkered Demon.




bheller   SL UT
FA Tedd Thompson 89?
Spaced out bolts with SMC hangers- originally rated 13b.
Tedd delcared this as the hardest climbing acheivement of his career.
Wolfgang Gullich got bouted on this climb during his visit. Aug 9, 2009
Mike Anderson
Colorado Springs, CO
Mike Anderson   Colorado Springs, CO
This route seemed very solid to me at 13b (I didn't RP it, just worked it bolt-to-bolt). The moves between the chipped holds seemed reachy to me, but this style of climbing tends to have moves that feel vicious when working them, then come together fairly quickly on RP.

May 14, 2012
Mike Anderson
Colorado Springs, CO
Mike Anderson   Colorado Springs, CO
After working this route and red pointing it and climbing many of the other hard routes at the City, I think an upgrade to 13c is appropriate for Gigantor. It has a very thin, technical crux at the very top of the route with no good rest (assuming you stay on the face and don't "cheat" over to the arete). It requires a rare combination of technical precision, endurance and mental focus. This style of climbing is becoming a lost art form, but allows you to climb the most magnificent features.

This is an outstanding route in a beautiful setting. It's great that this formation is publicly owned now. Jun 12, 2012
peachy spohn
peachy spohn  
Super stout at .13b, but a fantastic line. Mike is correct in saying it gets progressively harder. The moves are fun and invigoratingly different, especially through the mid-section. And the top houses some powerful reaches between crimps. Jun 25, 2013
peachy spohn
peachy spohn  
Just got back on this and it is great! It is hard! It is exciting! It is Gigantor! Mar 31, 2015

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