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Trad, 170 ft,
Avg: 2.2 from 13
FA: Bob Jasperson, 2002
> St. Vrain Canyons
> South Fork of S…
> The Coliseum
This is a second pitch variation to Hollow Man that climbs a crack on the right side of the corner that starts halfway up at the lower of two half-way bolted anchors. You can climb this in one long pitch, reaching the crack via the first half of Hollow Man, or you can climb Hollow Man, rap down to the anchors, and then do the Planetary Pull crack. In any case, stem the corner above the anchors until you can pull into the crack. Splitter hand jams lead to the shared anchors of Handcrack-a-rete and Lost in Time. The Gillett guide calls this 5.8, but it felt pretty easy, perhaps even easier than the hand crack crux of Handcrack-a-rete.
On the right side of The Coliseum is a mossy obvious corner that is visible from the road. Four climbs start from here: Hollow Man is the crack on the left; Planetary Pull is the first crack on the right starting halfway up; Vrainavore 10a is the main crack system on the right. Handcrack-a-rete is the crack system just right of the arete.
To descend, you can rap either the left or right side of the arete in two single-rope rappels. The right side has some rope hazards. The knots on both ends of our rope got stuck in the block at the tree at the base of P2 of Lost in Time.
Mostly hand-size cams. This is pretty easy and straight forward, but doubles could be useful. Two bolt anchor at the top with rings.