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YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 110'
Original:  YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b [details]
FA: Mabe, Juth, Choboian, 8/04
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Darren Mabe on Sep 9, 2004

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The best route at Back of the Nineties. Aphrodite is the middle of the three routes, and is fairly sustained at the 5.10 level. This route starts on the left side of the crag base (near the huge pine at left side of overhang). Climb up the dihedral past a few clips to a mossy ledge. Crank up and right over a tricky and slopey bulge.* Traverse right on good holds where the route steepens. Continue up past some thin face, layback flakes and balance-acts to a stance underneath a flake/roof. Technical crux is getting to the roof. Pull over on good holds past another clip to the anchors on a good ledge. Lower 100' back to the ledge. Overall, we counted about 3-4 mid 5.10 cruxes.

  • A variation, Priapos, goes straight up on the left side of the buttress after the 4th clip of Aphrodite.

Three stars for the sustained climbing, nicely cleaned rock, interesting route finding, and fantastic movement.


12 painted bolts to two bolt/chain lowering anchor.

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By rob bauer
From: Golden, CO
Jul 14, 2007
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

Good route! Great description, I never knew what I was going to do next. It's still got that new route flavor, not much chalk and will still clean up more with some traffic. Walk up was reached after stone-hopping in the river. (Can you reach it via traversing from the right side of Wall of the '90s?)
By Keith Ainsworth
Aug 18, 2007

We thought that this had the hardest climbing of all three.
By James R. Arnold
Sep 3, 2007

Joe Chorny and I did all 3 routes today, and this was the best one. It was quite sustained with good rock quality.

The bolting on the crag was seemingly done to make the routes sporty, and it seemed like many of the harder moves were with bolts below you. Makes for more exciting routes but can't say this improves the quality any.
By GeoffElson Elson
Jul 11, 2008

This route is a bit out of they way, and the hike is short and extremely loose; however, this is the BEST 10 I've done in the canyon, and maybe around. The rock quality is suberb, the movement is fantastic, the beta is really fun to decode, and foremost the moves are extremely delicate and tenuous. Have fun!
By Bruce Pech
Aug 29, 2008
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

I rarely give sport routes 4 stars but geoffe077 is right. Aphrodite is probably the best hard .10 in Clear Creek with sustained, thoughtful climbing, four .10 cruxes, and a puzzling roof exit that struck me as harder than the straightforward guidebook crux at the 9th bolt.
By Jay Eggleston
From: Denver
Jun 15, 2009

Best of the three routes on the wall. Lots of fun movement.

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