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Routes in The Big Five

A Committee of Two S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Call Me Bwana S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Cape Buffalo S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Dumbo S 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Harvey S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Hungry, Hungry Hippos S 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Leopard, The S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Lion King S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Pink Elephants On Parade S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
White Rhino S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
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Type: Sport, 100 ft
FA: Greg Hand & PH (Fall 2015)
Page Views: 862 total · 24/month
Shared By: Greg Hand on Nov 28, 2015
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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This has several interesting crux moves through bulges. It has big holds where needed.


From Sun Tan Ledge, this is the rightmost route. It is just right of White Rhino.


9 bolts to an anchor shared with White Rhino.


Jay Eggleston
Jay Eggleston   Denver
This route is true to the grade it was given. It is enjoyable and has several challenging sections. Jan 2, 2016
Parker Wrozek
Denver, CO
Parker Wrozek   Denver, CO
Rock is still coming down on this one, mostly smaller, foot chip type of stuff. I did pull a 10 pound one off despite my most careful efforts though. Luckily I held on to it and was able to send it away from the belay.

I didn't really enjoy this one too much but probably because I thought the rock was going to break most of the time. May 18, 2016
Fun climb, but the whole area needs to be cleaned. There were bigger chunks falling, and that section of rotten rock just kinda messes with you. Overall, I thought it was a fun 5.8. May 26, 2016
Greg Hand
Golden, CO
Greg Hand   Golden, CO
I was up there again today with crowbar & hammer cleaning up the route. I found some strange chalk on death blocks 5 feet right of the 3rd bolt. The route traverses left. Do not go right. I pulled off those blocks so no one can go there (I hope). There is a rotten band of rock that runs through every route on the Big Five. This is real climbing, not an indoor gym. After top rope soloing it today, I had newfound respect for the varied quality of the climbing on this route. There are about 5 crux sections that keep you thinking. Jun 27, 2016
Caleb Gruber
Denver, CO
Caleb Gruber   Denver, CO
The rock on this section is jagged, rough with questionable fissures. I wasn't thrilled about climbing on this, you shouldn't be either! Feb 18, 2018
Nic Palmer
Nic Palmer   Denver
Warm up on White Rhino to the left, which is more obvious. Plenty of small, loose rocks will rain down below on your partner if you're not careful. Still a great climb, just stay on route to keep it clean. May 15, 2018

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