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Don't Get Me Started 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
FA: Richard Rossiter and Bonnie Von Grebe, 2001
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Ron Olsen on Jul 17, 2002

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    Follow the approach to the Main Wall of Solaris. Don't Get Me Started begins 35 feet left of Start Me Up, at short face leading to a bushy ramp.

    Climb the short face past a bolt, then ramble up the bushy ramp to a steep corner. Climb the corner and the slab above to the anchors. Lower 70' to the start.

    Barely worth doing, but could be fun for a novice leader.


    7 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor.

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    Erik Marr rapping Don't Get Me Started.
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    Annette Elton finishing up her first-ever lead.

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    By Jake Wyatt
    From: Longmont, CO
    Oct 11, 2003

    The rock is still rather dirty on this one, but the rock underneath was solid. It should clean up fairly well with additional traffic.
    By Anonymous Coward
    May 17, 2005

    I've climbed both the East Slab (5.5) on The Dome and Chouette (5.6) in The Riviera (both in Boulder Canyon), and I thought that this climb was easier than both of those, so I am giving it a 5.4.

    It's a great first climb for a beginner. It's a little dirty, but it's okay. The approach is too long to make it worth revisiting, but it is an excellent route to teach someone how to Lead Sport on.

    By Charles Danforth
    From: L'ville, CO
    Jun 28, 2009

    Strange mix of dead easy and a couple of hard (bona fide 5.6, IMHO) moves. Nice view from the anchor ledge. A few loose blocks remaining on this one, but a bit more traffic would solve that problem.
    By Corinne McKay
    Jul 15, 2009

    Right, it's not The Nose but this is a fun and easy climb for novice/nervous leaders, kids, etc. As someone else commented, it's kind of a mix of 4th class and a couple of real 5.6 moves, but it's a fun route with beautiful views from the top!
    By Jim Gloeckler
    From: Denver, Colo.
    Nov 7, 2009

    I agree with Corinne all the way on this one. Still needs a bit of cleanup and this one will be just fun. Thanks again to the F.A.'s!
    By dseltzer
    From: Boulder, CO
    Oct 24, 2011

    Brought some friends up to Solaris who have never climbed outside before, and they really enjoyed this. It was a good confidence builder/first route for them. Probably not 5.6, maybe 5.5 or 5.4 except for one or two moves.
    By jsizzle
    From: Falcon Heights, MN
    May 26, 2012
    rating: 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a

    Some good reaching moves. I give it a 5.5. Big flake to the right of the second to last bolt broke free. Pretty dirty, check your holds.
    By Eric Klammer
    From: Boulder, CO
    Jun 20, 2013
    rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

    This climb must have cleaned up, as I found it pretty enjoyable with solid holds. The 4th class ramp near the bottom will never be great, but the climbing above is fun and an awesome view can be had at the top.

    This could also be a fun trad lead if you're looking for a little more excitement. Looked like finger-sized gear for the crux and then hand-ish sizes higher up....
    By Detrick Snyder
    From: Boulder, CO
    Jul 5, 2013
    rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

    When rapping off on the vertical left side of this climb, I noticed a potential 5.10-11ish climb. There's some crumbly holds, but I'm sure there's a good route somewhere in there. Just food for thought....
    By Jay Eggleston
    From: Denver
    Jul 29, 2013
    rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

    This has maybe one 5.6 move, but the route is fun regardless of your climbing ability. The route provides good views and movement.
    By William Thiry
    From: Lakewood, CO
    Aug 30, 2013
    rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

    Really a pretty good climb for novice climbers, especially the top section with good exposure for the grade.
    By T.U.G.
    Jul 3, 2014

    Pretty good route for a first time leader. Also, I'm feeling like an idiot because I managed to get my purple BD 0.5 X4 stuck in a crack a measly four feet off of the ground when I was showing my partner how to properly and improperly clip a bolt. Went back about a week later, and it was gone. If you happened to pick it up, please let me know! Email is Thanks!
    By Bruce Hildenbrand
    Oct 6, 2014

    The top anchor of this route was one Fixe ring hanger and a standard hanger with one quicklink. Dale Haas and I replaced the standard hanger and quicklink with a Fixe ring hanger. Thanks to Ron Olsen for providing the hardware.

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