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Aborigine S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Among the Stars S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Aphrodite S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Arapiles S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Arnold's Demise S 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Big E S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Blow Tube Envy S 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Bound in Blood S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Captain, The S 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Dreamtime S 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Esse Curve S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Finnacle S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
First Mate S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Gomers in Blue Shirts S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Good Stuff, The S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
HMS S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13
Happy Ending (formerly Top-Rope) T,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Honeymoon Down Under S 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
Just Happens S 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Mister MIA S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Never Ever Slab, The TR 5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c
Plunge, The S 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Red Venus S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Route to the left of The Thin Line S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Tempest Toast S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Thin Line, The S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Undulating Dingo S 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
Virgin Bolters S 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Whale Rider S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Type: Sport, 65 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Bosier Parsons on May 17, 2010
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Reopened after flood damage! Details

Description

This is the next route to the left (or south) of The Thin Line. It was not in my guidebook by Stewart Green, but it's a good quality route, similar to those found on this section of the wall (such as Virgin Bolters, Just Happens, The Plunge, and The Thin Line).

If anyone knows the name or FA party, please let me know and I'll update the description.

Protection

5 bolts. 2-bolt anchor.

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Levi Arnhold
Colorado Springs, CO
  5.10a PG13
Levi Arnhold   Colorado Springs, CO
  5.10a PG13
Either I missed a bolt, or there was only 4 bolts. There was an easy run out at the top. Sep 17, 2017
Arlo F Niederer
Colorado Springs, CO
  5.10b
Arlo F Niederer   Colorado Springs, CO
  5.10b
Agree with Bill that this is harder and more sustained than other 5.10a's at Red Rocks, so I gave it a harder grade.

The first bolt is about 20 feet up, but not too hard. However, a hold broke on me right before I could clip the bolt - almost took a guaranteed ankle breaker! I would suggest a stick clip.

Also, the rappel rings are quick links which lie flat against the rock, which makes the rope bind when trying to thread it. I had to pull it through one side at a time. Nov 23, 2015
Patrick Yarbrough
Colorado Springs, CO
  5.10a
Patrick Yarbrough   Colorado Springs, CO
  5.10a
One of my favorite climbs on The Whale, definitely good stuff. Jul 31, 2015
Bill Olszewski
Colorado Springs, CO
  5.10a/b
Bill Olszewski   Colorado Springs, CO
  5.10a/b
Great route! Very thin and balancy. Felt harder than any other .10a I've done at RRCOS (which is almost all of them) and sustained. Oct 30, 2010