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YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Original:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Brian Shelton and Ian Green, '04
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Submitted By: Stubby-Ian Howells on Oct 13, 2006

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Randy starting up Aphrodite.

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Very continous for the grade. The whole bottom half feels like the crux with even a couple moves up top that are hard. If the top half was like the bottom half, it would definitely be four stars. Small crimps, small feet, and balancy is the name of the game. With all the crimps though, definitely stay away from it if a recent storm has come through, as it's likely some of the small holds will blow on you.


To the south of a giant pine tree towards the north end of The Whale, directly below a'll notice a lot of small crimps headin' up. It's kind of nestled behind a couple of smaller trees.


10 bolts, 2 bolt anchor.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Randy emerging from the big hole on Aphrodite.
Randy emerging from the big hole on Aphrodite.

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By Joshua Balke
From: Colorado Springs
Jul 14, 2007

Right anchor bolt loose.
By Ben Burnett
From: Colorado
Feb 23, 2009
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Continuous, yes.
5.10, NO!
There were no moves harder than the crux on the other 8 we did here. It's easier than other 5.8 slabs in Colorado. I haven't climbed much in this canyon though....
By Stewart M. Green
Mar 6, 2009

Uh yeah, if you read all the postings about the grades you will know that most of the canyon routes are getting easier. Traffic makes bigger holds. Plus it's sandstone and what happens when sandstone erodes? It crumbles and falls off, usually making bigger holds. When this route was put up it was 10a, thin and sustained. Since then it has gotten easier and easier. I climbed it a week ago and agree...5.8+.
By Bill Olszewski
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Oct 30, 2010
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

I dunno, pretty damn thin....
Fun route!
By Hans Hoffman
From: D'iberville, MS
Nov 8, 2010
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Pretty continuous and full of small crimps. One of the best 5.9s I've climbed on The Whale @ RRCOS.
By David W
Aug 20, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

First of all, this is a fun climb! Continuous and crimpy is the name of the game. Honestly, I thought the crux was just left of the big pothole. I ended up climbing into the pothole and clipped the bolt to the left from there.
By dane mahaffey
From: aspen, co
Sep 20, 2014
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

The guidebook calls it a 5.9+.
By Byrne
Feb 15, 2017

I could just be weak, but the crux moves seem to be lacking a hold just before gaining the moves to the pothole. This section (just before the pothole) was out of character with the rest of the climb. The whole thing seemed like it was 5.8/5.9 except for that section and that section was...hard. Looked like a hold may have broken off as there was some brighter, red looking stone in at least one spot.

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