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YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 55'
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Stewart Green, Martha Morris and Brian Shelton
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Submitted By: Brendan Leonard on Sep 27, 2006

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BETA PHOTO: Aborigine, 5.7. A rope on the route, left of the ...

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From the RRCOS guidebook: An excellent lead on perfect stone. Begin off the left side of the narrow ledge system above the Never Ever Slab.

Eds. be careful on the ledge approaching the climb. A trip could send you plummeting a long way.


From the guidebook: On the far left or south side of the Whale. It's easiest to access them by the path that climbs the left side of the lower slab, then back across the slab top to the cliff base.


5 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor. Same anchor as Dreamtime, which is to the left.

Photos of Aborigine Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Belay ledge, looking north.
Belay ledge, looking north.
Rock Climbing Photo: Guy in the yellow shirt is setting up a toprope on...
Guy in the yellow shirt is setting up a toprope on...
Rock Climbing Photo: Nice climbing with some interesting pockets.
Nice climbing with some interesting pockets.
Rock Climbing Photo: Lee Rittenmeyer starting up Aborigine.
Lee Rittenmeyer starting up Aborigine.

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By Brendan Leonard
From: Denver, Hollarado
Sep 27, 2006

Dreamtime (5.5) right next door uses the same rap anchors as this one, so you can climb Dreamtime to set up a toprope on both routes.
By Jim Gloeckler
From: Denver, Colo.
Nov 7, 2006

Nice climb! Two stars at least.
By Ross D
From: Big Sky, MT
Dec 19, 2010

Second to last bolt was loose enough to spin the hanger. I didn't have a wrench handy :-(
By David Tennant
From: Denver, CO
Jan 29, 2016

In the Stewart Green guide, there is a photo which shows a bolt somewhere along the belay ledge, but I was unable to find it. The consequence of this is that when going to the first bolt, be aware that a fall will result in the leader and belayer tumbling all the way down The Never Ending Slab (~80 ft). Climb Dreamtime (5.5) to the left which shares the same anchor if in doubt.
By Stewart M. Green
Feb 19, 2016

There is no belay bolt on the ledge below the route. If you want to be tied in while belaying, use the 2-bolt anchor at the top of the Never Ever Slab directly below the ledge and route.

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