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Routes in Mill Creek Block

El Gato Monte S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Mufasa S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Prowler S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Strike, The S 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
Watch Your Dog S 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
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Type: Sport, 70 ft
FA: RMWright, Summer 2012
Page Views: 843 total · 11/month
Shared By: Richard M. Wright on Jul 25, 2012
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Natural History teaches that when a big cat makes a kill it is often via a powerful, accurate, focused strike to back of the neck, severing the cervical spinal cord. This seems about right for the crux sequence on The Strike.

The Strike begins on the left overhang. Power up to a rail system and swim out right to the arete. The first crux comes in standing up at clip four. Moving past clip five is the technical crux and entails a number of tricky and powerful moves. The crux ends when you stand above clip six. Bolts above guide the rope away from snags on the ledge.


This is the left of three routes on the block.


Eight draws and something for the double bolt anchor at the top.


Richard M. Wright
Lakewood, CO
Richard M. Wright   Lakewood, CO
This route has a number of cool features that stack up to a really good route. Moving past clip five entails a powerful slap off a small but positive crimp. It's probably fair to call the inverted sloper that one slaps for "disappointing". Catching it is a long way from the end of the difficulties, which entail several more similar slaps to rounded holds and a few tricky transitions in body position. Jul 25, 2012
Richard M. Wright
Lakewood, CO
Richard M. Wright   Lakewood, CO
08/03/2012: after Anna and I came up for clean RP burn, I'm tempted to rename this route "Black Nemesis" for the 12 hard inches that just evicted me. I thought it was fully dialed but got spanked at the inverted slap. Still, really cool climbing with a very technical crux. Aug 4, 2012
Harald Harb
Harald Harb   Dumont
One of the best right moving rails in any climb. It is 3 bolts long. The climb totally changes once you pull the arete. It is very thin and power moves to get the next solid catch overhead. Oct 28, 2013
evan h
Denver, CO
evan h   Denver, CO
I added a two bolt anchor for a new line (Mufasa) that begins directly to the left (and shares the first bolt) of The Strike. This anchor can now be used to finish The Strike and avoid the low 5th class scramble to the upper chains. Richard's original bolts are still usable if you want to take the glory lap to the top. Apr 4, 2016
evan h
Denver, CO
evan h   Denver, CO
This route has some good climbing, save for a couple of awkward sections. As far as the grade, it's harder than El Gato and Mufasa, but probably not by much. Jul 30, 2016

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