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Blue Sky Mining 

YDS: 5.11d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 85'
Original:  YDS: 5.11d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Alan Nelson, 1995
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Submitted By: Richard M. Wright on Apr 11, 2001

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Heidi, walking it home.

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    Blue Sky Mining is the first route to the right of Learning to Crawl. The climbing begins up a steep, short wall that is immediately "in your face" with an awkward 5.11 move. With this little unpleasantness out of the way, the route settles down to some fun 5.11 face climbing. Head for the grey roof and block system above for the supremely well protected 5.11d crux. Slip to the right over the roof and jog back left to the face, a clip or so and the anchors.

    Two stars for the high quality rock, the continuity, and the climbing moves. The early crux, right off the deck, can be negotiated on some very thin fingers with a small jog left.


    QDs only. This 85 foot route needs 11 or 12 draws and something for the double bolt anchor at the top.

    Photos of Blue Sky Mining Slideshow Add Photo
    Rock Climbing Photo: Heidi setting up for the crux roof.
    Heidi setting up for the crux roof.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Heidi dancing past the crux with supple ease.
    Heidi dancing past the crux with supple ease.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Heidi Badaracco cruising through the slabs below c...
    Heidi Badaracco cruising through the slabs below c...

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    By John Kelley
    From: Sedona, AZ
    Mar 21, 2005

    Nice route, begins with a fun bouldery start to a ledge (good, flat landing). Not a bad idea to give the leader a spot til the first bolt. Noticed a very chalked, creaky/loose block to the climbers left, before the crux roof. It can be avoided by using other holds, but be mindful of standing on it moving through the roof. Woman in the photos makes it look much more pretty than I did....
    By Rico
    From: Aurora, CO
    Jan 20, 2009

    Interesting route and moves. It's basically like 5 boulder problems stacked on top of each other. You get a no hands rest after each one.
    By Top Rope Hero
    From: Was Estes Park, now homeless
    Apr 26, 2010

    Oh My Jesus, what a climb. Stiff city, and you'd better have your crimp strength down for the crux roof thrutching.

    FAIR WARNING: the hellish mantle move (B3 and 4?). I've seen a guy pitch before making the thank-the-Jesus clip over the roof and snap an ankle. So heads up.

    AS FOR THE FLAKE...the heavily chalked horn just below the roof that moves more than a mamba dancer. I've seen people hang Cadillac off that sucka, and I've yarded on it myself (both as a handhold and as a foothold). Loose or not, I'm not sure that thing is ever going to pop out in our lifetime. But DO let your belayer know to stand to the side.
    By JJNS
    Jan 2, 2012

    B3 and 4? What are you talking about?
    By Darren Mabe
    From: Flagstaff, AZ
    Jan 6, 2012

    I am guessing 3rd and 4th bolts.
    By Phil Lauffen
    From: The Bubble
    Jan 21, 2012

    Poorly bolted route that poses a risk for injury at the start.
    By drewhouser
    Nov 23, 2014
    rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a

    If it wasn't for that first silly bolt, this would get 4 stars from me. Beta intensive with great movement, this thing will feel hard your first go, but as she reveals the passage through each Boulder problem, you realize there is nothing more than V3 on this beautiful route. As for this climb being dangerous...dangling from the great ledge just above bolt one your feet are 2 ft off the ground, hardly what I would call high balling. Add a flat landing to that, and you have a very safe start. Also you can clip bolt 4 before having to do any of the committing moves. This eliminates any possibilities for a "snapped ankle". This climb is so good I would hate for people to miss it due to these above comments about it being dangerous.
    By Dwight Jugornot
    From: Arvada, Co.
    Nov 22, 2015

    Not very dangerous but - the first bolt calls for a spotter. The rest of the route is well-protected but mildly heady. It felt harder than 11d to me. The 3 ft. wide flake seems solid, and it helps a lot. Not near as good as "not one of us".
    By Chad Elliott
    From: Golden
    Oct 31, 2016

    Every route we did including this one at Highlander had clipping stances that I was completely maxed out on with a scary fall waiting (I'm 5'8"). This route in particular had pretty rusted bolts and anchors. I am worried about the condition of them inside the rock.

    Although I have no experience, I would be happy to help someone rebolt/repair this and other climbs.
    By Jay Samuelson
    From: Denver CO
    Nov 1, 2016
    rating: 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a

    Hey Chad, all rebolting efforts are now managed by Jefferson County Open Space. You can find their rules and regulations regarding replacing hardware on this page, and you can download their guidelines as well as an application to replace hardware there as well.

    You can email them here.
    By Chad Elliott
    From: Golden
    Nov 18, 2016

    Jay, thanks for the quick response! I actually just attended the public meeting they had this past Wednesday. I'm excited to help however I can!

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