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Routes in Observatory Rock

99% Pure T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Double Vision T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Flop, The T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Glass Bead Game, The T,S 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Jonah T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Mineral Secretion T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Original Route T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Panic in the Gray Womb T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Punch Line T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Skin Mechanic T,S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Stargazing T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Telescoping Sum T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Will Chevy Slab S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Type: Trad, 100 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Casey Flynn on Jun 7, 2010
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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A fun, albeit grungy climb on the Observatory. It could use a lot of cleaning (of dirt, pine needles, lichen, and friable rock), but is still worth doing.

Stem, lie back, and jam up the corner in a dirty crack (crux), then move right and up across a face to a left-facing, left-slanting dihedral. Smear feet on the licheny face and jam/lie back the crack at right to a good ledge. A nice 10 foot hand and finger crack on the right brings you to the top, where you can set up a belay.

Descent: Walk 60 feet left (west) along the top of the rock to anchors at the top of Skin Mechanic. Rap ~80-90 feet, looking for anchors on a ledge off to the climber's right. Another ~70 foot rap brings you to the ground.


Stargazing starts at the bottom of a lie back crack at the top of a pedestal. Start left of Original Route and the large crack of Mineral Secretion in the next corner over. Look for an orange, lichen covered face right of the crack start.


Gear to #4 Camalot.


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Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
Tony B   Around Boulder, CO
I did a very heavy cleaning job on this one today, albeit bottom up. I pulled out the old dead roots and clumps of bushes and piles of pine needles. However, doing this bottom-up means that some of the stuff I dumped out of it was poured down onto lower holds. Nonetheless, it is far better than what it was. It's actually a good climb, but the next party up will have to dust it down again. Aug 10, 2011