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YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.11b/c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a [details]
FA: Rob Pizem, 2000
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Submitted By: Richard M. Wright on Apr 9, 2002

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Finding it challenging near the top.

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The obvious quartzite dike angling right from the ground has a line running up its mid section. Not a great line, but it does sport some interesting moves. The climbing seems to jog back and forth across the dike vis long reaches to polished surfaces. The rock is still very friable and the surface tends to shed even two years later. The first clip comes off a very dubious and jagged block and seemed like a very unfriendly clip. Use the stick. Acceptable, not great.


Half a dozen draws and a rope.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Stepping up to the Challenge at the second bolt.
BETA PHOTO: Stepping up to the Challenge at the second bolt.

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By piz
Apr 10, 2002

Hey [Richard], thanks again for getting these routes on the page. This one isn't the best line in the canyon, but once you know the moves and the clips, it's a pretty good pumpy warm up. The rock is varied to say the least, but all the clipping holds are jugs. I called this one Challenger. Rob Pizem
By Richard M. Wright
From: Lakewood, CO
Apr 10, 2002


Thanks for checking in!! I'll get all of the fixes logged in sometime this evening.
By Dave
May 12, 2005
rating: 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

Great [route], we were up there yesterday after it rained and this route was completely dry. A bit long, but well protected. There is a big piece of webbing up top that we reinforced with a couple shoulder slings. With a 50m rope you can rap down twice starting from this belay. Make your way left to the 1st belay ledge of ride the snake. And if you want do the second pitch of ride the snake, might as well right? The tyrolean is in [great] shape and there are two pulley's waiting for who ever wants to have some fun on these routes. Bring a small locking biner.
By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
May 12, 2005

Dave. sounds like what you were on was P1 of Purnell's route, "Gneiss Route". This is the first route to the right of Ride the Snake... and just left of Pizem's "Billy". Was the wad of webbing you were talking about on two old bolts and one new bolt?

Challenger (short, handful of clips) climbs the pegmatite dike further right about 200 feet. (Between Wild Child and GCG1) --- For Ref, Floorshow and Behind the Sun are the routes furthest right on the wall...

I am working on a complete topo of Mission Wall, and will submit it when I am done. This will hopefully clear up some confusion on this wall...

By Mark Roth
From: Boulder
Sep 1, 2009
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

The 2nd to last clip cross loads the biner. It would be easy to fall here, too. It was exciting, I thought I might get to break a biner for the first time. I didn't fall, oh well, maybe next time....
By Jay Eggleston
From: Denver
Sep 1, 2009
rating: 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

Probably a little easier than it is rated. There is some crumbly rock but the climbing is fun.

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