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Cactus Carrie 

YDS: 5.11b/c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.11b/c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a [details]
FA: Carrie & Bob Robertson, with Ed Quesada
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Submitted By: Shane Zentner on Sep 14, 2003

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Cactus Carrie is directly left of Spiney Dan. Look for a rusted bolt hanger about twenty five feet up. The crux is near the third bolt (clipping this bolt can be tricky). Awkwardly spaced bolts, loose rock, and an occasional bush is part of the route. From the seventh bolt climb past rotten rock to reach the anchor.

It seems natural to veer right after the crux, but try to stay in the center of the route as the holds are better. Cactus Carrie is somewhat sustained and difficult with several areas of long fall potential. There are much better routes on Contest Wall to do. Miller Time and Hide n' Seek are good alternatives.


Cactus Carrie has seven bolts that are oddly spaced. The crux bolt takes a few difficult moves to get too. Once you clip the third bolt, the crux is protected.

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By Anonymous Coward
Sep 22, 2003

Most of the routes Bob Robertson puts in have badly spaced bolts since he doesn't top rope to determine where the good bolt locations should be.
By Carrie
Oct 3, 2003

FA: Carrie & Bob Robertson, with Ed Quesada.
By Carrie
Oct 3, 2003

This Climb Was Carrie's First ONsight Flash -NO BATA. Edd Said, "Maybe We Should Retro." Carrie Said, "No, This Climb Is A Good Bolted Crack; &, There Is No Reason To Over Bolt A Sport Crack. If Someone Wants To Over Protect It; Maybe They Could Use A RP &/Or Small Stoppers. This Climb Was The Second Climb My Dad & I Bolted -With Ed. This Climb Is Like Bat Crack; If It Is To Run Out, A Small Stopper Helps The Crux. Why Over Bolt A Climbing Wall?
By Ed Quesada
Dec 31, 2004

Keep in mind, were it not for Bob Robertson and others, there would be no Shelf Road!
By Anonymous Coward
Jan 1, 2005

Yeah.... nobody else would've developed Shelf road.

If it weren't for the Robertsons we'd have a dearth of climbing in this state. Oh thank you Robertson's for your sefless service to the 30 foot sport crag community.
By Mike Lane
From: Centennial, CO
Jan 1, 2005

Anyone who thinks Shelf should never have been developed, or acknowledge it as easily within the top 3 Colorado destinations is not worth arguing with. Typical Birkenstock/dreadlocked Boulder trash.F.O. & D
By Anonymous Coward
Jan 2, 2005

Looks like ubermike needs to get out a little more.
By Anonymous Coward
Jan 2, 2005

What does F.O. and D mean 30 foot sport cragger?
By Brandon Schirm
From: colorado springs, co
Mar 10, 2009

I think the bolts are in the correct spots. The first bolt is high but low compared to The Garden. I thought the mental crux was high but you won't deck. If the climb is to runout for you, you can protect in a crack or pockets with gear.
By brat
Apr 30, 2013

As of 4/28/13, the anchor has only one hanger and is not equipped for rappel (except for my friend's bail biner). Be careful out there, folks!

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