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Roototop

5.8, Sport, 500 ft (152 m), 4 pitches, Grade II,  Avg: 2.6 from 7 votes
FA: unknown
Colorado > S Platte > Goose Creek/Mol… > Helen's Dome

Description

On the far right of Helen's Dome is a nice, 4 pitch, bolted route up the slabs.

P1. Go up a round arete to a tree, 100', 5.7.

P2. Continue up a short, steep face (probably 5.9 but optional - you can go right up an easy crack and step back left), then follow bolts to a semi-hanging belay, 100', 5.9 (or 5.8).

P3. Climb more slab to a hanging belay where the angle eases, 100', 5.7.

P4. Finish up the East slab to the top, 140', 5.5.

It is not as nicely consistent as FFT, but it is a fun outing.

I use this route to descend FFT - you need 2 ropes. You can rap P2 and P3 at just under 200'.

The route continues to the top of Sheepshead - this only covers the part on Helen's.

Location

On the far right side of the slabs of Fractured Fairy Tales, this line of bolts on P1 is obvious.

Protection

10 or 11 draws.

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Leading pitch 2.
[Hide Photo] Leading pitch 2.
The start of the route.
[Hide Photo] The start of the route.
Kevin McCall at the third belay.
[Hide Photo] Kevin McCall at the third belay.

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J. Albers
Colorado
  5.9+
[Hide Comment] Hi John,
Roototop goes all the way to -- well -- the top of the Sheeprock formation. After the initial 4 pitches that you mention, the route continues up Acid Rock by climbing a bolted pitch just to the right of the Divine Ms. M.:

see here:

mountainproject.com/v/unkno…

You then climb the second pitch of Divine Ms. M (i.e. the black streak runnel). This pitch puts you at a big ledge (kind of a horizontal gully) where you then climb two more fully bolted pitches straight up to the summit of Acid Rock.

Next you walk over to the base of the Velcro Wall on Sheeprock and climb two pitches to the summit proper of Sheeprock:

see here:

mountainproject.com/v/bolte…

Anyway, I also think that 5.6 is maybe a little sandbaggy for the first pitch (which I think is certainly as hard or harder than the third pitch that you call 5.7), and I think that the second pitch is probably 5.9 right off the bat but then eases considerably. Taken altogether, I would give this climb maybe 9+/10a because of the third pitch on Acid Rock. Just my two cents. Cheers. Oct 25, 2016
John Peterson
  5.8
[Hide Comment] Thanks - I updated the ratings a bit. We combined P2 and P3, and my partner ran out of rope, so I had to skip the first few hard moves on P2 and wasn't sure whether they were 5.9.

Although we wanted to tag the top of Sheeprock, we bailed at the 9+/10a on Acid due to lack of time/skill. Oct 25, 2016