Type: Sport, 70 ft
FA: Bob D'Antonio?
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Shared By: Monty on Jan 14, 2010
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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New Ethics is located to the left of Midget Toss, on the wall right of Dihederus.

Excellent stone makes this route another fine Cactus Cliff 12a.

This route climbs up easy ground to a high first bolt (same as Midget Toss). Stand up on a ledge, clip you second bolt. The first crux of the route is encountered with a funky mantle (11ish). Keep trending up and left on 10ish terrain to a rest below the jet black bulge. Above this bulge lies the crux, then the anchors.


This is located to the left of Midget Toss, on the wall right of Dihederus.

It is easily identified by the jet black bulge at the top.


9 bolts? + 2 bolt anchor.


BrendanP Moran
Fort Collins, Colorado
BrendanP Moran   Fort Collins, Colorado
Don't let the shitty bushwhacking through the first bolt turn you off of this route. The mantle right at the start is really cool and the upper section, while hard to read, makes for some great movement.

P.S. During the mantle, it kinda seems like you could deck on the big ledge below if you blow itÂ… but rest assured that we blew this move several times and all was well.

P.P.S. Pretty sure FA: Bob D'Antonio. Nov 28, 2013

This is a pretty good route, worth doing if you are in the area. I think it was always 12a until the latest guidebook, which upgraded it to 12b for some reason. It seems pretty similar in difficulty (and climbing) to the 12a to the left (The Usual Suspects). Dec 2, 2013
Curt MacNeill
Boulder, CO
Curt MacNeill   Boulder, CO
Great route. Black crux bulge up high has an amazing pocket sequence that is really fun. Do it! Classic status for sure. Nov 22, 2015
Zack Smith  
I disagree with everything on this page - the mantel is hard and very awkward, the fall is sketchy, the 5.10 climbing in the middle of the route is lackluster at best, and the top, although the rock looks amazing, is in my opinion sharper and harder than any other 12a at Shelf. 10/10 don't recommend. Jan 29, 2019