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Apogee Pending 

YDS: 5.14a French: 8b+ Ewbanks: 32 UIAA: X+ ZA: 32 British: E8 7a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.14a French: 8b+ Ewbanks: 32 UIAA: X+ ZA: 32 British: E8 7a [details]
FA: Mark Anderson, 13 March 2011
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Monomaniac on Mar 15, 2011

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Entering the first crux.


Apogee Pending climbs the directissima up Shelf Road's most continuously steep panel of rock. Unfortunately, a no-hands rest at mid-height detracts from the continuity of the line, but the upper half features 25-30 moves of brutal cranks and sustained, pumpy climbing. The route offers a wee bit of techno-piss, wild dynos, leg threads, tweaky pockets, and a sting in the tail on outstanding cream, pink, & black stone. This wall faces north and receives no sun whatsoever.

Stick clip the first bolt and climb a short, technical wall of petrified mud to a good shake near the arete. Big moves lead over the bulge to a pair of big pockets at the second bolt. A pair of thin crimps and a huge, three-points-off huck gain a series of mini-ledges just below the hanging flake. Cruise up the easy flake to a no-hands rest. Enjoy whatever reading material is at hand. The crux begins off the flake, with a long reach to a half-pad two-finger pocket, then a precise deadpoint to the next pocket, and finally a long move to the horizontal break. Get a quick shake then tackle the next crux; a huge move to a 1/4" crimp followed by desperate stabs to get established above the break. Pumpy slopers lead to the last bolt and one final, pumpy shake before the last crux, a big reach to a crescent-shaped crimp just below the anchor.

A certain amount of contrivance is needed to earn the grade: the arete on the left is off, and the vertical crack that propagates from the top of the flake is off (this sounds worse than it is, as the route climbs very naturally without these features).


Apogee Pending climbs the obvious, overhanging north wall of the big dihedral.


6 bolts to 2 BA. A stick clip is recommended.

Photos of Apogee Pending Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Sticking the big huck move, low on the route.  Pho...
Sticking the big huck move, low on the route. Pho...
Rock Climbing Photo: Setting up for the crux stab.
Setting up for the crux stab.
Rock Climbing Photo: Logan tires of father's antics.
Logan tires of father's antics.
Rock Climbing Photo: Beginning the second crux.
Beginning the second crux.
Rock Climbing Photo: The poor shake at the horizontal break.
The poor shake at the horizontal break.
Rock Climbing Photo: Setting up for the big move that caps first crux.
Setting up for the big move that caps first crux.

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By Mike Anderson
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Mar 15, 2011

Awesome job, Mark! I can't wait to check out this route!
By Darryl Roth
Mar 15, 2011

It does my heart good to see you hit the hardest route at Shelf thus far. Great Job! It's a true contribution and one that will lead to something harder still.
Logan has good reason to be proud!
By Fred Gomez
Mar 17, 2011

Why do you call it Apogee Pending? Is there an extension in the works or something? Looks like really nice rock. Way to go.
By Austin Baird
From: SLC, Utah
Sep 27, 2011

I wish you hadn't given all the beta. You totally ruined my onsight.
By Ben Sachs
Jan 13, 2012

Did you red-tag this rig by spray painting a huge hold near the route with red paint? Just kidding, but seriously WTF is that red brick in the photos?
By slim
Jan 13, 2012

It looks like a beanie resting on a small ledge(?).
By Monomaniac
From: Morrison, CO
Jan 14, 2012

Beanie is correct.
By Colby Wayment
From: Ogden, UT
Feb 19, 2012

Nice work, Mark! Great photos, too. It looks like that block you have to throw for is about to pull off....

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