Type: Trad, Sport, 190 ft, 2 pitches
FA: Mark Hammond and Amos Whiting, Nov. 2010
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Shared By: Mark Hammond on Nov 16, 2010
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Description

Climb the shallow corner/seam until it bends left and join the arete. Make a key placement and balance up to clip the first bolt. The crux is in this vicinity.

One more bolt and the #4 Camalot will take you to the rubbly ledge at the dead tree.

Pitch 2 steps left and up arete into corner. Aim for the upper arete, clipping the final bolt to get there. Climb straight up the arete, protecting in horizontals.

Location

Start from the optional belay stance at the end of the 5.9 climbing on the Green Spur.

Protection

RPs to #4 Camalot. Could probably get by with nothing bigger than a #2 although I placed the #4 on both pitches. HBs, C3s, small Aliens are key. Consider ballnuts, I think a good one may go where I had a very shallow C3. This climb could be R rated without the right tiny gear or the skill to place it.

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Mark Hammond
Eldorado Springs, CO
  5.11b
Mark Hammond   Eldorado Springs, CO
  5.11b
The 5.10 rating is a guess. It felt hard, but it was snowing and blowing like Crazy during the FA, and my feet were wooden.
Edit to add: After climbing it again in better weather, I'm giving it 5.11b. Nov 16, 2010
Guy H.
Fort Collins CO
Guy H.   Fort Collins CO
Garrett Bales
Lake City, CO
  5.11b/c R
Garrett Bales   Lake City, CO
  5.11b/c R
Maybe "Eldo 5.10", pretty thin. Felt one more bolt could have been placed lower on the crux. Fun, spicy, exposed feeling climbing. Some of the thin edges are brittle and will clean in time.
Additional description: Variation of P4 of Green Spur. Pass the big roof and instead of climbing the standard large dihedral/corner section on the right, climb the arete/face on the left/straight up to the dead tree belay. Mar 14, 2011
Ross Keller
Parker, CO
  5.11b/c R
Ross Keller   Parker, CO
  5.11b/c R
It's a long way (20' or so) from the "key" placement (a good stopper) to the 1st bolt, and you will encounter crux climbing over less-than-ideal stone over that stretch. Above the stopper and below the bolt, I didn't see much in the way of gear that was worth fiddling with. Given that, I think that an otherwise worthy climb will not become popular enough to clean up from a 2 star to a 3 star route. That's too bad, because it's really a nice, inspired addition. Mar 21, 2011
The link above didn't work; here's a better link to the ACE application with a pic of the route:
ACE Application Apr 22, 2011
mike schlauch
  5.11b PG13
mike schlauch  
  5.11b PG13
This is a nice addition to the area. Before the first bolt, the climbing is 11a and you can place good small/medium gear. Lowe Balls would be nice to have but not mandatory. The key gear is about 7 feet below the first bolt - a blue alien and two small offset brass nuts just below below that. The second pitch is also very good. Jul 16, 2012
My buddy and I both bailed off that first pitch due to hard climbing over uninspiring gear below the first bolt. Too bad because it's a stellar pitch (we did TR it). Now I think I know what the "key placement" is (not the stopper 20 feet below that Ross mentioned; the gear he thought wasn't worth fiddling with...and he may be right), but we didn't have that piece of gear at the time. Still, I'm not sure how excited I'll be to climb above that piece in the future--pretty thin gear, and a long way from what I'd consider solid gear. The second (last) pitch is great though! Don't miss that one. It's maybe 5.10a and makes a spectacular finish for Green Spur. Jun 11, 2013