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Phil-a-Guster

5.11a, Trad, Alpine, 50 ft (15 m),  Avg: 2.4 from 16 votes
FA: Ken Trout, Summer '08, FFA - Sam B. & Dave M., 07/09
Colorado > Alpine Rock > Mt Blue Sky (fo… > Black Wall
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Description

So this is the direct finish to Good Evans.

From the bolted belay on top of the roof, look straight up at the 2 fixed pins in the seam in the headwall (crux). Work your way up a crack system straight up from the belay to an awkward stance below a roof. Clip the first pin start pulling the roof, clip your second pin, and pull a large move to a jug. Belay on a cozy ledge 5 feet from the rim.

This makes a much more enjoyable finish to Good Evans adding some awesome, steep, face climbing to the day!

Pins were installed by Ken Trout late summer of '08.

Location

This is the direct finish to Good Evans.

Protection

Small rack from #0.3 to #1. 2 pins + some mid to hand-sized gear for a bomber belay.

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Starting into the crux of Phil-a-Guster, Tom Jensen climbing
[Hide Photo] Starting into the crux of Phil-a-Guster, Tom Jensen climbing

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Monty
Golden, CO
  5.11a
[Hide Comment] According to Ken, he did not know of anyone trying the line prior to him placing the pins. We did this as a mini-adventurous way to finish our day not knowing that it "hadn't" been done.

The name comes from the fact that all marmots are either named "Phil" (the skinny Phil like ones) or "Guss" (the fat well... Guss like ones).

If any one did this before us, I will remove our shenanagans, but for now this is great finish to a great route. Aug 14, 2009
Jason Brown
Carbondale, CO
[Hide Comment] I finished this way up in August, and it was an awesome little way to finish with some sport crankin'! I also thought it was .11a or b. big move off a matched hold! Sep 14, 2009
Kevin Gillest
Winter Park CO
  5.11a
[Hide Comment] We finished with this variation, I assumed it was the actual finish of the route. Seems a little harder than 10c, at least in my opinion. Great way to end a spectacular route Jul 23, 2012