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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
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Type: Trad, 100 ft
FA: Woodruff, FFA Gillett
Page Views: 511 total · 6/month
Shared By: Ross Swanson on May 13, 2012
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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From the belay, go up 15 feet to a short grey ramp on the left which leads to a very nice hand crack. Follow the crack up and right to a stance, then follow the crack as it makes a break left and into a beautiful finger crack.


This is on the left side of Observatory Rock. It is split by a steep gully that faces South. This route starts at a bolted belay under the bushes and to the right of the bolted 12d face.


Bring a very small cam or wire for ramp, #3 or #3.5 Camalot for the middle crack, finger sizes+ for the upper crack.


Loveland/Vail, CO
climber76   Loveland/Vail, CO
This is a really nice, steep, crack climb. The bottom belay anchors are left of the juniper tree that is near the top of slab section of Skin Mechanic. We got to it by rapping hard left from the Skin Mechanic intermediate anchors. You can't see the anchors until you are near the tree. The blocks mentioned in Gillett's book seemed very stable. The starting dihedral is delicate and balancy, but after that, it is all vertical to overhanging hand and finger crack. The top anchors are awkwardly placed for bringing up the second. Probably better to tie off and belay from one of the trees above. Apr 1, 2014

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