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Breakfast in Bed 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Briggs & Candelaria, 1975
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Submitted By: Josh Janes on Nov 4, 2001

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    Interesting route on the west face of the Bastille. Starts out with some dicey moves on loose rock and then immediately shoots up an exposed arete on positive huecos.

    I found that Rossiter's topo made finding this climb, based on features, rather difficult. However, it is easy to find - it is the first obvious line to the right of Blind Faith. When facing the obvious Blind Faith crack, look about 50 feet uphill. This climb is immediately to the right of the broken, rotten strip of rock, and it starts next to a huge Christmas tree up on a ledge. Scramble up to this ledge (Rossiter indicates that you should climb uphill and then cut across on the ledge, but it's just as easy to go straight up it to the tree). Begin the climb here - look for a piton and a fixed stopper up on the broken rock in front of you.

    The climb initially traverses right on scary rock (requiring balancey moves), and then shoots straight up a chimney right next to the arete, eventually moving out onto the arete. The climb tops out on easy ground (5.4) and belay's at a tree. Walk off the top.

    I found the climb to be well-protected but probably requires some looking around for good placements. However, once you move out onto the arete the jugs are so huge and positive that it's easier to just run it out. The climb's hardest moves are in the beginning and it progressively gets easier the higher you go.


    Standard Eldo rack (with perhaps some longer runners).

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    Rock Climbing Photo: At the nice rest a third of the way up.  The pro i...
    At the nice rest a third of the way up. The pro i...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Meg enjoying Breakfast, 5-14-07.
    Meg enjoying Breakfast, 5-14-07.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Huge huecos make the very steep upper half easy bu...
    Huge huecos make the very steep upper half easy bu...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Placing pro at the crux.  It's a little awkward fo...
    Placing pro at the crux. It's a little awkward fo...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Awkward stemming. There's a crack, but it's not mu...
    Awkward stemming. There's a crack, but it's not mu...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Starting the crux section. It's awkward and insecu...
    Starting the crux section. It's awkward and insecu...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Warren disciphering the crux.
    Warren disciphering the crux.
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    starting up "Breakfast"--shot taken from...

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    By Hayden Yurkanis
    Jun 12, 2002

    Which way do you start the climb right above the piton??? I went to the left and did a hard mantle with a marginal nut definitely felt weird and psychological.
    By Kreighton Bieger
    Jun 12, 2002

    If we're talking of the piton that is below and left of the initial dihedral, then I've always started it to the right of that pin. That starts you directly below the overhanging dihedral. These moves are stout, intimidating and not too easy to protect. Blow the moves and you'll probably bounce onto the ledge. I've always thought this was one of the more sustained and tricky 8s in Eldo. At least one solid Eldo 11 leader I know put in about six pieces before commiting to the initial mantle into the dihedral, but again, this was right of the piton.

    When you're getting pumped higher up, remember one word - "kneebar".
    By Stacy Bender
    Jun 24, 2002

    Where else but Eldorado Canyon would you find 50 feet or more of back-leaning trad 5.8 with a low ground-fall-potential crux? The rating is fair, but you wouldn't guess it looking up on the sharp end. I found Ballnuts a valuable piece of gear for a thin crack that shows up regularly; they set quickly, and when you're getting pumped, due to over-gripping caused by anxiety, that means a lot.
    By Ron Olsen
    From: Boulder, CO
    Jun 29, 2002
    rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

    There's a bomber placement for a #1 Camalot or #2 Friend above and right of the old pin that protects the initial crux. Also, there's a great crack handhold in the right wall of the initial corner that simplifies the crank past the above placement. Once established in the corner, there's a bomber placement for a #3.5 Camalot or #4 Friend. I'm never worried about groundfall potential on this pitch. Whenver the climbing gets difficult in the corner/chimney, swing right onto the arete and climb up overhanging jugs instead.
    By Ernie Port
    From: Boulder, Colorado
    Oct 3, 2002

    I backed off this lead after four tries, not trusting the piton, and a small cam placement I put in loose rock to the right. I just couldn't commit to that first back leaning move on lead. Fearing the ground fall potential I decided to hand the sharp end over to my younger, fearless partner for a go at it. He had no problem and made it look easy, and its not a super hard move, fairly graded at (8), but if your having a bad day, and do peel...well, you get the idea. The rest of the route is fun. It gets pumpy at the halfway point where you have to move out onto the arete and pull up on several huecos. Good exposure on this sustained route but as mentioned above, kinda tricky.
    By Rick Casey
    From: Lafayette, Colorado
    Oct 8, 2002

    Did this Sunday, Oct 6 with James Balasalle. Although a little funky to start, this was acutally a pretty cool pitch, more fun than I expected. Protection requires close examination, but is there. At the start, it is *not* necessary to traverse left and clip an old, upward-driven pin (!). Just plug about a #2 cam/Friend in an obvious vertical slot and go straight up the dihedral. Nearly the entire pitch is overhanging slightly, so look for rest stances. Pro is a mix of medium to small cams and nuts in the cracks along the dihedral, with one place for a big cam (#4 Friend) in a chimney-like recess towards the top. The more you can climb daringly on the big jugs on the outside of the face, the more exposure and adrenaline rush you will have!

    The upward driven pin on the traverse out left at the beginning should be removed. It is misleading since the traverse is not needed, and badly placed.
    By Clint Locks
    From: Boulder
    May 19, 2004
    rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

    Kreighton-you found the knee bar. Nice, huh!?

    The traverse out to the base of the climb is a cool element of the climb, but if you want a few more feet of climbing, (must usa a 60mtr for this) start directly under the climb just off-trail and choose from a couple of ways: * There's a licheny slab to a fun bulge or, further right, **a short, thin, overhanging finger crack to a ledge, (through a bush or two!). Both ways lead up to the starting ledge. I think they're written up in the guidebook, but I just kinda eyeballed 'em, as they're pretty obvious.

    By the way, the 'fixed' nut is no longer there, and at the bottom...sure! Why not clip the pin. With a long runner. Back it up, if you can then go for it! One of my favorite routes in Eldo. -CL
    By Tonya Clement
    From: Boulder, CO
    Jul 26, 2004
    rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

    I love this climb! The crux is directly off the ledge and yes, you want your piece to be bomber. I place a red Camalot in a slot on the edge of the mantle...quickly pull up and reach for the bomber hold as Ron mentioned on the left-facing dihedral. The climb continues to back off the higher you go. This is a long fun pitch. You can walk off the standard Bastille descent.
    By George Bell
    From: Boulder, CO
    Jun 6, 2005

    From the name, this route appears a casual cruise -- but it is not! If you don't notice the hold mentioned by Ron (it is not that obvious) you can pump yourself silly searching left and right for the easiest way. Once you find it, the next few moves are very committing and it overhangs slightly, making pro placement strenuous. Also a few of the handholds in this section are thin and might snap off.

    Beyond this the difficulty eases, although it is still amazingly steep. This climb is much better than it looks from the ground!
    By Stich
    From: Colorado Springs, Colorado
    Jul 10, 2005

    I'm with you George! I found this climb to be rather tricky at the bottom, too. The [balance] is just hard to dial in before you get into the main crack. A stiff 8 for sure, IMO. A very nice line, however. -Tim Stich
    By Anonymous Coward
    Jul 18, 2005

    This route didn't offer much to interest me. There was a lot of rope drag due to zig-zag climbing at the start. I was unimpressed by the huecos as they are not the crack that Rossiter [described]. Looking for a 5.8 crack? Try Star Wars on Lower Peanuts wall just 5 minutes farther uphill.
    By Guy H.
    From: Fort Collins CO
    Sep 6, 2005

    No need to clip the old pin, there is a perfect #1 Camalot placement at the lip. I think the old pin is part of a different route which is rated 5.10d. This route joins "Breakfast in Bed" after about 30ft. There is also a fixed nut on this adj. route.

    This route felt harder than "Hair City" due to the pumpy nature of placing gear. Fun stuff....
    By Guy H.
    From: Fort Collins CO
    Sep 8, 2005

    I believe the route to the left is a Hersey route called Overhanging Talus (5.10d S). With a name like that, you can understand why there is not a line.

    Although I have not climbed either of these routes, the route New [Chautaqua] (5.10c) is to the right of Breakfast in Bed.
    By Jayer Chung
    Nov 4, 2005
    rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

    Protect the crux with a #1 Camalot @ 1 o'clock from the old pin, which is unnecessary. I would not recommend this climb for the beginning 5.8 leader. Huecos are fun.
    By Anonymous Coward
    Nov 4, 2005

    Not sure what you mean by "not a good route for the beginning 5.8 leader" as the route is easily protected and only requires a little [commitment] after the cam at the lip. I would submit that this is an excellent route for the beginning 5.8 leader.
    By Kirk Woerner
    Nov 4, 2005
    rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

    I agree with Jayer and others. While this is a good route [fairly] rated, it would be (is?) spooky off the ground for a beginning 5.8 leader.
    By Dylan Waller
    From: Golden. CO
    Apr 9, 2007
    rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

    Super fun route, steep, balancy, and tall. I also agree that it would be very scary for a new 5.8 leader though.
    By Gary Schmidt
    From: Boulder, CO
    May 14, 2007

    Definitely not a beginner 5.8 lead. While everything is there, as mentioned earlier, it can be hard to find a restful stance from which to place pro for the first third of the climb or so. A nice steep, strenous route though with interesting sequences to decipher. Traverse left from the Bastille trail just past two rather large trees to the start. It is quite exposed, but the moves are easy.
    By max seigal
    From: boulder
    Jun 28, 2007

    No need to clip the pin or even place a cam before pulling the lip, there is a little hole that you can sling a runner through, bomber and makes the scary move a little bit less frightening....
    By taimi
    From: Longmont, CO
    Sep 17, 2007

    The 5.8 part is fun, true, but my favorite part is the finish: 5.5 Very exposed buckets. Airy!
    By claytown
    From: Boulder, CO
    May 31, 2008

    Definitely NOT for the 5.8 leader. Feck potential on the first real moves in a typical Eldo, rotten band roof. Switch between the corner and a steep 5.8 bucket haul. Go to the end of the rope and belay at the tree.

    Really cool route but S at the beginning for sure.

    By Jay Eggleston
    From: Denver
    Jul 10, 2009

    Definitely not an S rated climb. After the #1 Camalot at the crux, there is a great placement for a #0.3 Camalot before you commit to the crux moves. The moves are awkward, but you won't hit the ledge if you find the gear.
    By Jay Samuelson
    From: Denver CO
    Apr 28, 2010
    rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

    Sweet route with some fun, airy climbing. I would not recommend this to a new .8 leader though.
    By Phil Lauffen
    From: The Bubble
    Sep 12, 2010

    This route is pumpy!! I found the red Camalot at the lip to be adequate to pull the crux and then just hang on till you can find something else and get into the rest. Cool 5.8 though.
    By James Hulett
    From: Boulder, Colorado
    Oct 4, 2011
    rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

    Pumped myself out before finding a crack right and up of the perfect #1 cam placement in the vertical slot. There is a shallow, right-facing dihedral and the cracks are on the right of it. This hidden crack makes the climb much, much easier.
    By Keith Earley
    From: Boulder, Colorado
    Apr 6, 2013
    rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

    I almost convinced myself not to do this route about hearing my friends' and MP's comments about steepness, pumpiness, sketchiness, etc. As a self-proclaimed moderate 5.8 climber, I thought the gear was great the whole way (couldn't even get a biner into the pin), there were multiple rests, (2 no-handed), and all the holds were there. Do not hesitate to jump on this if you are on the fence about it: it's a pretty cool route.
    By Nathaniel Dray
    From: Fort Collins
    May 4, 2014
    rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

    Highly recommend for a new 5.8 leader or one with only a couple 5.8s under the belt.

    If you feel OK with holding giant jugs, leaning back slightly, and placing easy-to identify cams and a couple nuts, then do this climb. There is very little groundfall potential as long as you know how to stick cams in a basic crack or nuts in a clear v-slot, which any 5.8 leader should be able to do.

    Bomber pro, great position. Do it! Watch out for loose rock at the belay, fist-sized pieces could easily make their way to the trail below or your belayer.
    By Mountain Matt
    From: Boulder, CO
    May 6, 2014

    As of Sunday May 4th, the intitial piton right off the deck is gone.
    By plantmandan
    From: Brighton, CO
    Sep 24, 2017
    rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

    I really enjoyed this route. Steep and pumpy with contrived moves and numerous hands free rests when you need them. Lots of fun.

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