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YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Richard Wright, 1996
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Submitted By: Jeff Lockyer on Aug 17, 2001

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Pulling over the bulge (crux).

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This route is located to the left of 'First Impressions' and is a great little line. The climbing has great moves, from pulling over that little roof to balancy footwork towards the anchor. Enjoyable the whole way along. Don't go too far in the corner, clip the bolt, and then head over the arete as soon as you can to avoid weird body positions. Great protection on these moves and all others, like all the routes on the Little Eiger.

This route has recently had new anchors added to it, so it is no longer necessary to use the anchors at the top of First Impressions.

2.5 stars for sure, what a beauty....


11 bolts - 2 bolt anchor. Now, it has its own anchor.

Photos of Footloose Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Courtney smokes this climb.
Courtney smokes this climb.
Rock Climbing Photo: 1. Natural Selection, 11a/b. 2. The Nordwand, 11b/...
BETA PHOTO: 1. Natural Selection, 11a/b. 2. The Nordwand, 11b/...
Rock Climbing Photo: Eva on the crux of Footloose.
Eva on the crux of Footloose.
Rock Climbing Photo: Eva edging her way through the lower section.
Eva edging her way through the lower section.
Rock Climbing Photo: Gabe leading Footloose...second.
Gabe leading Footloose...second.

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By Wendie
Jun 25, 2002

I agree that you need to clip the bolt then work your way over the arete onto the face. Don't get suckered into the corner on the left or you won't be able to get onto the face very easily. Remember that this route shares anchors with "First Impressions" so be aware if you're leading & they're toproping. The last move to the anchor can be thin if you don't find the good holds to the left.
By Doug Redosh
From: Golden, CO
Jun 18, 2003
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

I TR'ed it after leading First Impressions, but found that one can start coming over the arete to the right, i.e. clip the bolt, but then the feet are better to the left of the arete.
By tobias Nitschke
From: CO
Jun 28, 2003

There are two rap anchors (four bolts with chains or rings) in the same place for this and "First Impressions", so don't worry if someone's headed up the other route.
By Scott Conner
From: Lyons, CO
May 3, 2004
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

Maybe it's just too early in the season but this felt like a sandbag... Cool route.
By Kyle Turner
From: Brighton, CO
Jun 4, 2004
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Fun route, has some good moves but starts a bit slabby. Agree going left early will make things interesting trying to clip the bolt on the otherside of the arete, makes for an interesting rock over.
By Kevin Neilson
From: Boulder
Sep 11, 2005

On the topo above, the routes are: 7: Footloose (5.10a), 6: First Impressions (5.9), 5: Eiger Direct (5.11d), 4: Radometer in the Red Zone (5.11b/c), 3: Too! (pitch 1: 5.10d), 2: Nordwand (pitch 1: 5.10c), 1: Natural Selection (5.11a/b; long rope required).
By Ron Olsen
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 11, 2005
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

A good pitch, but it felt harder than 10a. I agree with Scott Conner's 10c rating.
By Matt Chan
From: Boulder
Sep 12, 2005
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

I would have to say that 10c is over doing it. An awkward 10a move back to the right, and that's about it. Grade creep.
By Ron Olsen
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 12, 2005
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

Hey Matt, glad you found Footloose to be 10a; you're obviously a better climber than I am. I found it to be harder than Headline and Bush Administration and other Clear Creek 10a's that I've done. Grade creep? No; just a difference of opinion.
By TBlom
Sep 15, 2005

I remember it feeling like 10a, then another time I crossed the diagonalling roof at a different spot and it felt harder. It really depends on where you decide to step over. I think finding little crystals for the right hand helps in groveling over the high foot. Really just 1-2 moves.
By Anonymous Coward
Sep 15, 2005

I'd say easier than Cosmosis (10a) in Boulder Canyon, and easier than C'est La Vie (9+) in Eldo, WAY easier than After 6 (5.7) in Yosemite, and easier than Gorilla's Delight (9) in Boulder Canyon. Yeah, some of these are trad routes, but they're graded lower and seem harder. The moves alone seem harder, and there's more of them. Shouldn't we at least try to have similar grades for the Front Range, instead of having a different set of grades for Clear Creek, Boulder Canyon, Eldorado, Rocky Mtn. etc. I will probably never climb harder than easy 11, but I have to find places with soft 11s to do them! i.e. Cear Creek!
By Nate Oakes
May 15, 2006

First time I led this, I waited a bit before stepping over the arete, and it definitely felt harder than a CC 10a. Next time, I stepped over early and the grade felt a lot more accurate. Fun little crimpy pulls past that arete, kinda balancy.
By Kirk Miller
From: Golden, CO
Oct 1, 2006

I added an anchor to Footloose, so it no longer shares an anchor with First Impresions.
By Ken McVicker
Jul 17, 2007

Anyone know the name of the route to the left of this route. I climbed it but can't find the name. I'll consult a guide book next chance I get.
By Ron Olsen
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 17, 2007
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b


The climb left of Footloose is Herbal Essence.
By Jon Zucco
From: Denver, CO
Aug 15, 2008

Wow. Never been so sketched out on a 10a corner pull. This route humbles me.
By Alan Robertson
From: Denver, CO
Jun 27, 2009

Totally agree with Jon's assessment of this route. Headline was a breeze compared to Footloose.
By slim
Aug 10, 2011
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

I've done this route several times now and have never been really able to call it a decent route. Contrived climbing, crappy hardware, clipping crux. Pretty much everything you wouldn't find on a classic route.
By William Thiry
From: Lakewood, CO
Jun 14, 2014
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

Nice little route. Can't see why anyone would call it a bomb (commenting on wrong route, perhaps?). The movement up to the crux is decent 5.8/9 climbing. The 10b/c crux will challenge your grip, balance, and technique all at once - it has humbled many a moderate climber (including myself). Enjoy!

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