REI Community
The Dark Side
Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
27 Tons S 
Acetylcholine S 
Animatronic S 
Asym S 
Audition, The S 
Beginner's Outing S 
Black 'N Dicey S 
Black Awareness S 
Black Dihedral T 
Blank Frank S 
Bonnie S 
Call From Overseas S 
Clyde S 
Corner Pockets S 
Counter Balance S 
Crack Happens S 
Crack's On Top, The S 
Crown of Thorns aka Box Lunch aka Lou Raven's Rest S 
Dark Side Roofs S 
Eagle has Landed, The S 
Eat, Drink, and Beat Larry S 
Edge Of Fright S 
El Guapo S 
Enchanted Porkfist S 
Face The Music S 
Fat Like Butta S 
Fight or Flight S 
Fragile S 
Go East, Old Man S 
I Scare Myself T,S 
Kashmere S 
Kinesthesia S 
Levels of the Game S 
Line of Strength S 
Lumina S 
Man in Black S 
Mannequin S 
Missing Hangers aka Hangers Regained S 
Muted by Reality S 
Plum, The S 
Porkus Procurement S 
Puddle Of Holes S 
Punjabi S 
Red Devil S 
Redlined S 
Rip It S 
Route Fluffer S 
Shelf Road Virgin S 
Stink Finger S 
Stuck in the Middle With You S 
Suspender Man S 
Swinging Richards S 
Teenage Wristband S 
Thank Heaven for Little Girls S 
Trolling For Holds S 
Two Hearts S 
U Pump It S 
Unknown S 
Unknown But Worth Doing S 
Viaggro S 
Void Lloyd S 
Warm Busch Beer T 
Way We Were, The T 
Welcoming, The S 
Whisper To A Scream S 

Counter Balance 

YDS: 5.10c/d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b PG13

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.10c/d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b PG13 [details]
FA: Unknown
Page Views: 649
Submitted By: Guy H. on May 24, 2008

You & This Route  |  Other Opinions (16)
Your todo list:
Your stars:
Your rating: -none- [change]
Your ticklist: [add new tick]
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]


This is the right hand route on the QOB pinnacle. The first bolt is 20ft up and can't be clipped until you do a mid 5.10 move. You can place a #1 Camalot in a pocket to the left.

There is some interesting movement, but there are number of awkward and sharp sections. The crux is near the top using arete pinches and side pulls with bad feet.


This is the right hand route on the QOB pinnacle.


4-5 bolts, optional #1 Camalot.

Comments on Counter Balance Add Comment
Show which comments
By Doug Lintz
From: Kearney, NE
May 25, 2008

Technical with multiple cruxes. Don't blow the difficult first clip, the fall would suck.
By Brent Apgar
From: Out of the Loop
Sep 19, 2010

Definitely stick clipped the first bolt. Some actual climbing on less than inspiring rock to get to said bolt.
By slim
May 6, 2012
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

Some awkward thought provoking climbing on this one. Weird barndooring with some attempts at flagging against the air. Probably not harder than 10c but not exactly straightforward.
By Michael Botkin
From: Fort Collins, CO
May 6, 2015
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13

Extremely awkward and definitely not a warmup route.
By Aaron Glasenapp
From: Denver, CO
Oct 24, 2016

Agree with all the comments above: awkward, and scary first clip and pumpy. I used a 0.75 link cam in one of the pockets below the first bolt, but that made the move to the first bolt harder. A lower bolt would be a welcome addition to the route. Maybe I'll get around to putting one in someday....

Mountain Project

The Definitive Climbing Resource

MTB Project

Next Generation MTB Trail Maps

Powder Project

Backcountry Ski Maps & Secret Stashes
FREE Stickers · Gyms · RSS · School of Rock · Contact · About