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Berry Nice 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

Type:  Trad, 5 pitches, 700'
Original:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
FA: Urioste's, Bill Hotz, Larry DeAngelo
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Submitted By: George Wilson on Sep 22, 2009

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RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. MORE INFO >>>


Pitch 1 - Begin in a crack in the black rock. Climb this for one long or two short pitches up to a good ledge beneath a white slab.

pitch 2 - Climb the face to a belay on the left.

Pitch 3-5. Mostly 4th class to the summit. Walk right to a dead pine tree.


This route is located on the left side of the Buttress. Look for varnish with two hand cracks.

To descend from the top, make a series of rappels to the right of the route off a dead pine tree with two ropes down Under Raps.


Gear to 3" and two ropes for rappel.

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Rock Climbing Photo: On the upper slab pitches of Berry Nice.
On the upper slab pitches of Berry Nice.
Rock Climbing Photo: Approaching the summit.
Approaching the summit.
Rock Climbing Photo: The start of the second pitch.
The start of the second pitch.
Rock Climbing Photo: Second pitch.
Second pitch.
Rock Climbing Photo: First pitch of Berry Nice.
First pitch of Berry Nice.
Rock Climbing Photo: Larry on the 2nd pitch
Larry on the 2nd pitch
Rock Climbing Photo: Berry Nice
BETA PHOTO: Berry Nice

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By Karl K
From: Phoenix, AZ
May 21, 2011
rating: 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a

Nice route. Easy - but a great choice for a first multipitch or just a fun day out.
The second rap station looked a bit scary. I actually skipped this station by rapping off the end of the ropes (60m) on the first rappel. They ended about 15' above the big ledge & I downclimbed a 5.0 flake - easy & quick, but not really recommended.
By Ken H
From: Granite, UT
Dec 9, 2013

The route was fairly nice and straight forward I thought but I took a star off for the garbage descent. This descent fall under the don't do it at night category. Maybe I screwed it up? First you have to climb down off the top of the formation; then head to the right and set the rap off a LONG extension. The second anchor feels like complete junk and then an easy third rap takes you to some down climbing. The down climbing and traversing takes some real time and some is very exposed and cannot always tell which way to go. It would not surprise me if it took us longer to descend than to do the climb. If there was a way to put in some rap stations to take you back down to the left I would then highly recommend this climb.
By Idaho Bob
From: McCall, ID
Apr 20, 2014
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Easy but fun. Allow time for a bit of wandering on the upper slab pitches.
By First Track Jack
From: Colorado
Nov 18, 2014

Great climb, well protected and fun. First two pitches are great. Yes, descent is tricky, we were with local and was a huge plus. At top of climb, Climb up and go behind top rock at it's base to (climbers right) tunnel walkway to 2nd class soil.. Keep going and you will run into the trees and static line/cords anchors that link to the original nuts used on the FA rap descent. First rap needs two ropes. Second rappel also core/webbing on old nuts and the last rap is new slings off tree to ground. You need to pay attention during the walk off after rappel, there are a few 3rd class slab, 1-2 possible 4th class moves if not used to it during gully. There are a few scattered ducks that help. Rock shoes are helpful for walk off.

A 60M rope reaches a good belay ledge on P1 with a 2 feet to spare. Nuts for anchor are good at P1.
By Stephenmontgomery
From: Maryland
Mar 13, 2017

fun route but that descent is full adventure. I mean that in the best and worst way. I would imagine this route would see more traffic if the descent was a more clear process, or at least less janky.

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