Type: Sport, 60 ft
FA: Mark Anderson, 13 Mar. 2011
Page Views: 1,440 total · 15/month
Shared By: Monomaniac on Mar 15, 2011
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Description

Among the very best of the grade at Shelf Road, The Fridge climbs a flawless panel of cream stone, featuring a long stretch of fist-deep, incut pockets, a cerebral crux, sustained difficulty, and a wild position on a slightly overhanging wall. This route is more exposed to the wind and gets shade before any other route in the Tropics, making it a great choice on a warmer day.

Begin at ground level & stick clip the first bolt. A few easy moves lead to a ledge on the right. Fire up the brilliant line of pockets, making big cranks between sinker pockets. At mid-height, a horizontal break provides a last shake before the crux. Clear the slight bulge with athletic moves to a pair of big but slopy pockets. From here, a series of thoughtful-but-not-too-hard boulder problems work between successive horizontal breaks.

Location

Hike ~4-5 minutes left (south) from where the approach trail meets the cliff, to locate an orange wall of clean stone with an obvious bulge running the width of the cliff at 1/3 height. This is the "Tropical Wall". This line climbs the east face of the obvious detached pillar located at the far right end of the wall.

The route begins at ground level.

Protection

6 bolts, 2 BA. A stick clip is recommended.

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Mike Anderson
Colorado Springs, CO
 
Mike Anderson   Colorado Springs, CO
 
I agree this is among the best 12- routes at Shelf. Great rock, cool pockets, and sustained fun climbing. Dec 13, 2011
Jason Halladay
Los Alamos, NM
  5.12a
Jason Halladay   Los Alamos, NM  
  5.12a
A fun and worthy route for sure. It'll be really nice after it sees some more traffic. We pulled off/kicked off some holds and other chunks/rocks on the route this past weekend, so it's cleaning up nicely. For the time being, a helmet for the belayer is recommended.
The big, stacked flake system at the top concerned us both, perhaps unnecessarily, so we climbed up onto it gingerly.
The lack of chalk on the holds was cool--that made for real onsight attempts. Sep 3, 2012