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Cool for Cats 

YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Sport, TR, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Jeff Engel
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Submitted By: Kris Gorny on Jun 7, 2006

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Ted Kryzer on Cool for Cats. Sept, 2012.


Never even considered trying this route in the summer due to slimey lichen cover, which would undoubtedly make mosquitoes even less enjoyable. Climbed it first time on a cold mid-October day and found it actually quite fun. Start on a dark face with two bolts, go up the arete, and surmount a tricky overhang (crux). Quintessential Red Wing dirt climb: for those who want it fun, do it early spring or late fall, for those who want hardcore swamp-like experience plough yourself into it on a hot and humid day in August.

  • RCM&W #76, p. 130


Bolts. The route was re-bolted with good bolts and chain anchors by Glenn Burns in 2008.

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By Jeff Kolehmainen
From: Eagan, MN
Apr 17, 2008

Climbed this yesterday... dirty & sandy for the first 2 bolts, then ledgy for a couple bolts. The crux is after your feet leave the no hands ledge. The anchors have 2 new glue-ins, and 2 old bolts, only the old bolts are equipped with chains and biners to lower off.
By Glenn Burns
From: St. Paul, MN
Apr 18, 2008


rebolted to make it cool for people to climb... added new anchors. obviously, clean up is pending.

By Galen Rahmlow
From: Woodbury, MN
Sep 12, 2011
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

Not a bad climb but it's not sustained either, the middle is very easy. Spent a lot of time ledges just looking for the next hand option.
By Adam Reinhardt
Apr 8, 2012

Fun climb. Sometimes it's great to find something that not a lot of people are climbing and requires some looking to find the holds. Route can be as easy or hard as you like depending upon if you stay on the face or move the arete and blocky area on the right.
By rooooock
From: Oakland, California
Oct 7, 2014
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

The bottom is less sandy than the top of geriatrics. It then becomes sandy again for a few moves in the middle (similar but perhaps less sandy than the top of geriatrics). The top has good rock on the left of the arete and incredibly bad rock to the right. You can go left or right to get on the last ledge at the anchors. I would recommend not going too far right because the rock is incredibly chossy, and it will cause rockfall if you touch it.

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