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YDS: 5.9- French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 16 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.9- French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 16 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Greg Hand & PH, 5/27/2014
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Greg Hand on May 27, 2014

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This is steeper and more difficult than the slab routes to the right. Climb through 3 overhangs on big holds. It might be the best route on the cliff. This required removal of several loose blocks.


Between East Colfax & Steve's Wild Turkey Day, start as for East Colfax on the right side of the easy gully.


9 bolts to 2-bolt chains. Use a full length runner on the 2nd bolt to reduce drag.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Mark just above the third bolt and crux.
Mark just above the third bolt and crux.
Rock Climbing Photo: Below the 3rd roof.
Below the 3rd roof.
Rock Climbing Photo: At the anchors of Fill In The Blanks.
At the anchors of Fill In The Blanks.
Rock Climbing Photo: The route with bolts marked....
BETA PHOTO: The route with bolts marked....
Rock Climbing Photo: Simone pulling the first roof.
Simone pulling the first roof.

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By JohnEdsonStagg
From: Evergreen, CO
Jun 1, 2014
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R

A very fun route. Each roof has a trick to it. Look for the hidden handholds. Also watch out for loose rock. It's a new route so it still needs a lot of cleaning. I pulled off a few rocks.
By Ben D.
From: Colorado
Jun 20, 2014
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

My new favorite at East Colfax! Super well-protected and a good series of roofs early on. Climb climber's left of the last bolt for a nice finishing move, or go climber's right for easier grade. This would be the best 5.9 in the canyon if not for the 20' ramp to the start. Still, a worthwhile climb for those breaking into the lead .8/easy .9 grade! Thanks for putting it up, Greg & Paul!
By Parker Wrozek
From: Denver, CO
Jul 27, 2014
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Best route at the crag. Fun roof moves, harder the shorter you are. A couple runners will help with the rope drag.
By Matt Pierce
From: Denver, CO
Sep 17, 2014
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Fun route - that second bolt needs to be extended to avoid terrible rope drag for the leader.
By JeanGClimbs
From: Reading, VT
Sep 22, 2014

Found this route harder than 5.8, especially for the shorter climber. I am 5'4" and found the crux bolt very difficult to clip. Once clipped, the move over the roof is burly and awkward. I pulled some dried up moss and dirt out of that corner when I lowered, as it detracted from the route by getting dirt in my eyes once over the roof.

Compared to the other moderates at this wall including the other 5.8 Sylvester, this felt like a sandbag. My taller male friend led it and agreed it felt easily 5.9+.
By David Tennant
From: Denver, CO
Oct 26, 2015
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

Climbs a lot better than it looks. I found the crux to be the at the third bolt, the first roof. I really enjoyed all three roofs, each had great hand holds and less obvious feet, which made for great climbing. The anchor is close to a free hanging one, I was just able to stand on the ledge next to it while cleaning. Was really well-protected, especially the roofs, the first had the highest to clip, if you wanted to clip pre-pulling the roof, so being shorter may be more committing.
By Colin Johnston
Nov 2, 2016
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

Great route with solid hands the whole way.

Definitely recommend clipping the 3rd bolt prior to pulling the 1st roof, since it's the trickiest move, and a fall from the second bolt would be quite unpleasant.

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