Type: Sport, 200 ft, 2 pitches Fixed Hardware (4)
FA: Mark Tarrant, Dan Hare, 1988
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Shared By: Scott Bennett on Apr 19, 2011
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Description

The Untouchables is a fun, little, sport climbing diversion in the Apple Strudel area. It's characterized by solid rock, good holds, and bouldery moves.

Begin a few feet right of AS, placing a finger-sized piece to protect a few moves up to the first bolt. Traverse right, then punch it through the next two bolts (crux) on surprisingly positive crimps and sidepulls. Resist the temptation to climb right into Ignition, but rather finish the crux up and left on progressively better holds. One more bolt gets you to the 3 bolt anchor shared with Apple Strudel.

A second pitch has been recently bolted, and goes up and right from the anchor, over a roof, and then up the crimpy face above. The crux (11b) is probably establishing on the face after a few juggy roof moves.

I was a bit confused on the second pitch. After clipping a few normally spaced bolts on the face above the roof, I climbed a ways above the last bolt, aiming for what looked like a crack system. A tricky and lichen-ous move guarded the crack, though, so I opted to downclimb, traverse well to the left, and then traverse back on easier ground. I'm not sure if this is the path that the FAs intended, or if they went straight up to the crack, with potential for a big (but probably clean) fall. Follow your nose.

To descend from the second pitch, walk to the climber's left to the bolted West Chimney raps.

Location

This is just right of Apple Strudel.

Follow the Redgarden trail up the West face, towards The Yellow Spur area. This route is on a clean, brown plaque of rock between the YS and the Dirty Deed Chimney.

Protection

A finger-size cam at the start, then QDs. Bring a light rack for the 2nd pitch.

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Scott Bennett
Michigan
  5.12c
Scott Bennett   Michigan
  5.12c
If you're interested in climbing the fun 5.11 second pitch but don't want to tackle the 12c first pitch, you can reach it in two ways:

-Climb Apple Strudel (12a) to the shared, three-bolt anchor.

-Climb any route up to the "Red Ledge" (the best would probably be Parting Shot, 11b), and then rappel off a large tree (with rap slings) to the three-bolt anchor from which the second pitch begins.

Take care on this rap: the wall is steep, and the anchor is to rappeler's right. If you don't keep your swing going, you could easily become stuck in space and gain some unwanted prusiking practice. May 13, 2012
Mark Tarrant
  5.12c
Mark Tarrant  
  5.12c
Scott -- Pitch 2 was originally top-roped in 1988 but never bolted. Steve Levin had submitted a bolting application in 2009 and asked that I bolt it after he sustained an injury. His application called for 4 additional bolts, and he showed me a photo with a rough idea of where he wanted them. I got them in but had the same confusion as you about whether to climb straight up or not. I ended up moving left as well and still thought it was pretty insecure and runout. Even though there's a marginal piece or two, I think it would still be nice to have another bolt -- but I've become less bold in my old age!
Thanks for the write-up. May 15, 2012
Adam Sanders
Erie, CO
  5.12c
Adam Sanders   Erie, CO
  5.12c
This thing seldom gets done, but it's really pretty rad. At first attempt, it seems like a route that's just really hard but not actually that fun, BUT, if you spend a little more time on it and figure out the trick beta, it's really fun and extremely unique. There is definite shoulder-tweak potential, so make sure you delve into it with control, and use good posture. I won't spray the trick beta here, but PM me if you like. I gave it four stars for the mostly great rock, the beautiful wall, and typical Eldo crypticness that has you super frustrated then absolutely loving it. A small to medium nut or cam before the last bolt would be wise. It's easy climbing, but it gets really runout pretty quickly. Go do this thing! Dec 25, 2013
Lisa Montgomery
Golden, CO
Lisa Montgomery   Golden, CO
I've only done P2, coming in from Apple Strudel. Thought it was excellent, good amount of excitement, until the last bolt. I ended up going straight right into a left-facing corner, which is NOT the correct way to go. After rapping the route, I'd suggest going straight up. Looked like you could place a medium-large nut about 8 feet above the last bolt and continue to the tree anchor. I'd give P2 a PG-13 rating. Dec 8, 2014