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Between Heaven and Earth  

YDS: 5.13a French: 7c+ Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: IX+ ZA: 29 British: E6 6c

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 300'
Original:  YDS: 5.13a French: 7c+ Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: IX+ ZA: 29 British: E6 6c [details]
FA: Eric Johnson, Lynn Hill, Wes Cables, Justin Sjong
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: EDJ on Jul 22, 2015

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  • Description 

    This route begins from the top of the the first pitch of The Naked Edge. Climb the original Kor 2nd pitch past a pin up to a pair of historical bolts. Proceed up the steepening corner to the right. This is easily seen on the cover of the first ed. Levin guide. Gain the slab above and follow the path of least resistance (5.6), at one point stepping right to a stance above an overlap, to the ledge just left of the base of the Pigeon Flake pitch of The Diving Board. A #2 or #3 Camalot is good to have for the belay (5.9, 100 feet). The crux pitch climbs two bolts of 5.10 off the belay where gear can be had in broken bulge. Undercling up to the third bolt and clip two more through the bulge. Arrive at a stance shared with the Diving Board, and extend up to the left and clip a bolt. Follow the incut crack through an overlap and up right to a shallow, left-facing corner with an amazing finger section. Belay at the Black hole belay (DB). It is technical then burly (100 feet). The final pitch is exposed, improbable, and super fun. One small section of decomposed rock is easily passed, and the rest of the pitch is of the highest quality (115 feet, 5.12a).


    For the final pitch, from the cave belay on The Diving Board, climb up and left to clip first bolt. Follow the line up and back right to finish at the tree atop The Diving Board. Alternately, after the first two bolts, proceed up the hand crack to finish The Naked Edge(5.11d). Finally, another option if climbing the edge is to begin the last picth of the edge, turn the corner clip the fixed hex at the base of the hand crack, step right to make the blind clip, and finish up to the top of The Diving Board (5.11c).


    Standard Eldo rack. For the last pitch, clip 2 bolts, place a #1.5 Friend (or similar), clip a blind bolt from a secure stem around arete on right, place #1 Camalot in slot, clip a final bolt, and finish with a large wire where the climbing backs off.

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    By EDJ
    From: Eldorado Springs, Colorado
    Jul 22, 2015

    Thank you to everyone who has supported this project, especially ACE/FHRC and Steve M. at the state park! Also a nod to Jeff Lowe for having the vision and name for this line.
    By Steve Sangdahl
    From: eldo sprngs,co
    Oct 23, 2015

    Great effort and addition to Eldo! Way to go, Eric!
    By Alex Shainman
    Feb 9, 2016

    THE "King Line" in Eldo.

    Excellent effort, Eric!
    By Corey Flynn
    From: USA
    Oct 20, 2016

    Warning: this route will steal your lunch money if given the chance, hope you ate your Wheaties.
    By Corey Flynn
    From: USA
    Apr 13, 2017

    I'd be curious to know how many people have been on this line. I first rapped in to Traxion this thing last October, and there were fixed nuts up the gear protected portion of the crux pitch. I've made two trips up from the ground over the past ten days, and it doesn't seem like there has been that much traffic considering the same nuts are still fixed in place and the amount of crumbly choss on the pitch breaking off from the Naked Edge. Some notes for those curious: there are two sections on the crux pitch that seem pretty dangerous, getting to the third and sixth bolts, albeit they are on easier sections of climbing. In the description given, it says you will find gear in these sections, this may be true, but it will not make you feel safe. Kind of suspect given how closely spaced some of the other bolts are. I have left long slings on the bolts in question for the sake of my own longevity while working the route. For any detractors, I am close and they will be down soon. Other than the slight spice factor, this thing rocks, and it would be cool to see other folks throwing down up there.
    By MauryB
    From: Boulder, CO
    Apr 14, 2017

    Corey, we just got on it yesterday, and firstly thank you for the fixed draws! Without those it would be quite scary, I agree. Sort of seems out of nature for sport pitch to have those sections made so dangerous with the bolt spacing. I'd advocate for a another bolt or two. The fixed nuts are sure nice, but fixed gear is fixed gear, so why not finish bolting? I'd happily contribute to such an effort. The bolting on the 12a pitch also is a bit dubious, one could fully hit the ledge if you blew the moves to the second bolt (or above it). If you want to leave your long slings in place, I'll also gladly contribute to that effort!

    All that said, this is truly one of the best pitches I've climbed in the Front Range. Many thanks and kudos to the FA team!
    By EDJ
    From: Eldorado Springs, Colorado
    Apr 15, 2017

    Psyched to see activity up there! As far as I know, it awaits the second ascent. This is an Eldo style bolt/gear route (not a sport pitch). Given the proximity to the Edge and the D.B., bolting it as a sport pitch wasn't considered. It feels adventurous up there to be sure, but if you are thoughtful with the the gear in the section up to the third bolt, it is safe. Reaching to the sixth bolt off the stance at the D.B. feels sporty the first time, but it is easy. One could place a good piece on the D.B. to protect here then step down and back clean it. This bolt was placed above the stance to not detract from the D.B.. On the last pitch, people have fallen onto the first bolt failing to latch the bucket and been fine. Close to the ledge, yes, just have your belayer be on point and maybe clip with a single locker. The blind bolt feels hard to clip the first time up. This was placed as such to not affect the Edge in any way. The cam that protects the stand up into the good stem that allows you to clip is adequate. Get it!

    Good effort, Corey. It was hard enough for me to just clip the pre-placed gear! I should have cleaned the stoppers, but they were pretty welded from dogging around up there. I'd be psyched for someone to do it in better style for sure. I also wanted to lead the whole thing (2nd and 3rd) in one but lost my nerve the day I got the crux clean. It would make for a super lead! The other variation that I wanted to do connects into wingless victory at its third bolt from the last crux on BHE, so that awaits a contender....
    By adam brink
    From: Boulder, CO
    Apr 15, 2017

    Thanks for keeping it spicy, EDJ! Concerning fixed draws and slings, it seems like this is exactly the route that shouldn't have them.
    By Corey Flynn
    From: USA
    Apr 15, 2017

    I can understand not wanting to bolt too close to The Diving Board. As far as the long draws go, I think that's just a matter of personal style, I don't want to blaspheme too hard here, but I'm also considering bringing a kneepad up there, Ha! I think it's cool that the upper section is not bolted, b/c it leaves room for folks to place gear on the lead as the fixed nuts are easily removable and would be a fun goal to work towards. Props to EJ for putting this thing up, I remember watching you working on it up there last spring thinking about how crazy it would be to climb up there!

    EDIT: the kneepad doesn't really help, but I still managed to get the pinkpoint, so I guess the TRUE second ascent is still up for grabs, whatever that means. I'd be interested to know what style EJ used when he did it. It looks like there's pre-placed gear in some of the pictures Wes Cables put up. Anyways, the long slings will be off Friday/Saturday after my buddy Ben has a chance to send.

    Slings are down, last pitch seems unnecessarily dangerous getting to the third bolt on the arete, the gear you get before it is dubious at best, kind a silly for a route that didn't go ground up.
    By dameeser
    From: denver
    Apr 15, 2017

    The crack does not need bolts, it takes gear. The addition of bolts on the crack would likely not be approved by ACE. Be seriously careful getting to the third bolt, that shit is choss. Someone needs to go up with a bucket and clean it. Super fun route Eric, thanks for putting in the work!

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