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Buckets of Rain 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Mike Morin & Jason Haas
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Mike Morin on Jul 15, 2013

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  • Description 

    Make a few moves off the ground to a featured and low angle slab that leads to another headwall and the crux. This climb is likely to feel more difficult if you are short.


    7 bolts.

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    By Todd Felix
    Jul 19, 2013
    rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

    Felt easier than 5.10 to me, but perhaps I didn't follow the intended line. There was a lot of lichen and some loose rock, including a large flake toward the top (last 2 bolts) that seems like it should be trundled. The hardest part was trying to avoid that flake; it's the best hold around there. Maybe there's a good route under there, but it could use some cleaning.
    By Abram Herman
    From: Golden, CO
    Jul 29, 2013
    rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

    Nothing too hard, but I do feel it's 10a for this area. Seemed clean enough except for a few easy feet in the middle, the one loose block is marked with an X. Nice little addition to Canal Zone, thanks!
    By Nathaniel Harter
    From: Thornton, CO
    Aug 5, 2013

    I haven't climbed in a year due to living in Wisconsin, I just moved up here and this was my first climb. It was a touch dirty, but it is also a really new climb. If you climb straight towards the last two bolts, I would give it a 5.10a rating, but if you head off-track a bit like I did, I would give it a 5.9 rating.

    Great fun climb, the loose rock is marked with an X; after meeting one of the route setters, Jason I believe, he explained that the loose rock is in there pretty well.

    Thanks a ton for this great addition to Canal Zone!
    By Jeremy C
    From: Golden, CO
    Aug 5, 2013
    rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

    The Canal Zone could always use more routes as it's often a circus in the summer, even on weekdays. That being said, this is not a bad route. I thought that most of it was 5.8ish except 1 or 2 moves toward the top, getting to that big chalked up V-shaped hold. Going off to the left through the bush is also possibly an option but may or may not be easier and just seemed dirty to me. Cool addition overall! Thanks, bolters!
    By Mike Morin
    From: North Conway, NH
    Aug 6, 2013

    Just to clear up some possible speculation, and though off topic from the comments above, I feel I should address this.

    The trees that were removed at the base of the climb were not removed by myself or Jason. The removal was the result of a mistake made by JCOS staff that thought the gate which was installed on the wooden flume to the west was going to be placed at the location of Buckets. The route occurred as a result of this mistake, but I would not, nor would I support the removal of such large trees to make way for a route.
    By climberX Tomerlin
    Apr 13, 2014

    Felt easier than a 5.9. Esp. when the consensus for Made In The Shade is a 9- which I found 10x harder than this route, course I have no slabby skills.
    By John Martin
    From: Kearns, UT
    Jun 27, 2014

    There is a busy bee hive on the right side that looks scary. Fortunately, they didn't attack.
    By E Johnson
    From: Boulder, CO
    Jul 6, 2014

    Enjoyed this route today. I got stuck at the undercling at the roof and decided the route went right (the next bolt is up and right, and foot and hand holds were over there). Maybe I dumbed it down, but I wasn't the first person to go that way. I didn't see an "X" on anything and tested everything before using it. Enjoyable. The way I went it was probably a little easier than Made In The Shade. I saw the very active bee nest from above; it's behind the bushes to the right at the base. No reason to go into that area. Keep your dogs and kids close, and you should not have an angry bee problem.
    By Baumer
    From: Boulder, CO
    Aug 5, 2014

    IMO, if you go straight at the top (using the off-fingers crack with your right hand), it's 10a or 10b. If you cheat it by heading out to the short arete above the bush on the left, it's maybe 8+.
    By Mike Morin
    From: North Conway, NH
    Aug 6, 2014

    That's the way we climbed it and bolted it. There was discussion around the fact that some people would cheat left, but we felt that the most enjoyable climbing was up the crack feature.
    By samwagner
    From: Golden, CO
    Jan 29, 2015

    Found a fairly new pair of shoes beneath this climb yesteray, 1/28/15. Please write me describing them if they are yours, and I will get them back to you!
    By L Kap
    From: Boulder, CO
    Jul 11, 2016

    Fun route. The scary hollow block is still there as of June 2016. I avoided the undercling roof by going up the face to the right and then peeled left to avoid the hollow block and finished on the left arete. I'd agree with Baumer that the route is more like 5.8 when done this way. Tried the crack finish on TR. Felt a bit soft if you use the big, chalky holds to the right of the crack - maybe more like a 9.

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