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Planetary Pull

5.7, Trad, 170 ft,  Avg: 2.2 from 14 votes
FA: Bob Jasperson, 2002
Colorado > Lyons > St Vrain Canyons > S Fork of St Vr… > 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.

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On Planetary Pull, fun crack!
[Hide Photo] On Planetary Pull, fun crack!
Planetary Pull.  Rap completed.
[Hide Photo] Planetary Pull. Rap completed.

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rob bauer
Golden, CO
[Hide Comment] Kudos for the Hollow Man variation onto Planetary Pull, but I passed those anchors too and went all the way up the arete to the summit with a 70m rope. Fun moderate climbing, 5.7 or so. Careful with some minor loose rock up near the top. (Skipped all the anchors; no rope drag, but could have easily clipped them also.) I slinged the pinches at the summit. Traverse left to anchors to rap. (I was looking for Vrainavore; maybe I should've looked at the topo.) Nothing bigger than a #3 Camalot for me. Nice long pitch. Aug 10, 2010
Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] A very good pitch if done as a single 60m run from the ground, up Hollow Man, and into Planetary Pull. Aug 13, 2010
[Hide Comment] Did this as a single pitch to the second anchor on Handcrack Arête. I thought it was a very good route with continuiously enjoyable climbing. I think this is the better way to climb it. Doubles from fingers to hands is probably enough. Use your best judgment. Jun 23, 2012
Hiro Protagonist
[Hide Comment] Did this as two pitches. Didn't really enjoy the upper bolted section - which seems way harder than 5.7 by the way. Well bolted though, with cheese grate potential though.

Giving it a 5.7+ because the bolted section is pretty committing. Don't expect Boulder Canyon 5.7. Jul 20, 2014
Jim Clarke
Cottonwood Heights, UT
[Hide Comment] To be clear, Planetary Pull is the handcrack to the right of Hollow Man…look for a two bolt anchor above the mossy slab/corner…head right to the top of Hand-Crack-Arete…Hollow Man goes up left to a bolted slab.... Aug 9, 2014