Falling Apart at the Seams
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This is a super amazing contribution to a classic Ouray crag! It was first done by local strongman, Jason Nelson. Follow an incipient seam, protected by small gear, to two bolts (the crux) followed by a few more gear placements.
F.A.A.T.S. is located on the far right side of the Roadside Crag. The beginning of the route is best identified by a gumbie placed copperhead, 4 feet off the ground. The thin seam will be obvious.
Small gear, quickdraws.
By Justin Putnam
Dec 6, 2010
The route to the left is "Natural Selection". It's only 5.12a/b. The bolting is done on purpose because there is lots of natural gear to be had, and it keeps the nature of the route exciting. It is also one of the best in Ouray. The initial section of Falling Apart at the Seams is only about 5.10. It get significantly more difficult than Natural Selection around the upper two bolts.
By Bryan Gilmore
From: New England
Jun 23, 2012
rating: 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b PG13
If you follow the natural line on this one, it's only about 12c. If you contrive it and go back right after going left to clip the bolts, it's about 12+. Either way it's pretty fun.