Blue Collar Baby
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Blue Collar Baby is kind of funky but interesting enough with some good sections.
Start stemming in a right-facing dihedral and reach out left to clip the 1st bolt. Follow the crack out left and pass 3 more bolts (crux) to a ledge and good rest. Head up and right through steep, blocky terrain to another ledge, then follow the crack past 2 more bolts and yet another ledge out left before climbing the nice prow to the chains.
Currently this is the leftmost route at Middle Class (see photo on Middle Class page).
10 bolts to chains.
From: Westminster, CO
Jul 1, 2013
Against my better judgment (0 stars in the guidebook), I decided to give this a burn. Although it wanders a bit before eventually going straight up, the climbing before the 8th bolt has multiple 5.11 cruxes and is pretty fun. However, the rock is pretty chossy left of 3rd bolt before traversing right and a crumbly lichenfest left of bolts 7 to 10. The description says to head left before going up the upper prow, but this is some of the worst rock, and the entire left side of the arete needs to be cleaned of dirt and lichen before I'd ever recommend this route to anyone. Staying right the last two bolts and away from the arete would bump this route up a few grades, but at least it would be some of the better stone before getting to yet again even more chossy rock before the anchor. I really wanted to like this route, but unless there is better beta to avoid the left side of the arete for a few moves around bolt 9, this route is a total bomb.