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Deepwater Horizon 

YDS: 5.12 French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E6 6b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.12c French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: IX- ZA: 27 British: E6 6b [details]
FA: Mark Rolofson and Zack Slinskey on Nov. 19, 2011
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Mark Rolofson on Nov 24, 2011

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Luke heading up Deepwater Horizon. Photo: Mazzi C...


Ascend the thin seam up the bulging face. Stick clip the first bolt. The hardest moves are the start, but it is far from over. Continue up the seam up a short right-facing corner to a horizontal break at a small overlap (5.12a/b). A sidepull slapping redpoint crux leads above 5th bolt to a mantle finish. This climb is sustained and pumpy for its length.


This is located just right of "Old Man & The Sea".


6 bolts / 2 bolt anchor.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Nearing the top of Deepwater Horizon.  Photo: Mazz...
Nearing the top of Deepwater Horizon. Photo: Mazz...
Rock Climbing Photo: Deep!
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Getting deeper.
Rock Climbing Photo: Getting deep.
Getting deep.
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This is a great route, too bad we were unable to l...
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By Patrick Pharo
From: Boulder, CO
Mar 24, 2013

Definitely one of the better routes at the wall.
By Luke Childers
Dec 28, 2013
rating: 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b

Really fun! Pumpy more than really hard. A must do at E.Q.!!!
By Jay Samuelson
From: Denver CO
Dec 28, 2013
rating: 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b

Another fun route at this crag! Better holds than some of the other climbs for sure, but also a bit steeper/pumpier. Sustained climbing from the ground to the chains!
By Elijah Flenner
Jan 11, 2014
rating: 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b

Great climb with great movement and intelligently bolted. So far, my favorite at the crag.
By Chris. T.
Feb 3, 2014

The left anchor bolt could use some Loctite. The nut was quite loose today. The hooks at the top are a nice treat though.

Great climb!!
By Swavek Gaik
From: Superior, CO
Mar 9, 2015
rating: 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b

I think it would be a classic anywhere. Nice, continuous, and without pimping on tiny holds.
By Bobbi Bensman
Jan 14, 2016
rating: 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b

What a wonderful route and did this second go with a belay from THE MAN who put it up, Mark Rolofson! I had the rope through the first bolt but used a longish draw on number 3, makes it nice if you're shorter. It was so windy that debris was coming off the top. Next time I go I will for sure bring a helmet if I know there's wind in the forecast. Super psyched, my first time outside in 2016 and my hardest route of the year :)

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