|Type:||Trad, 2 pitches, 260'|
|Original:||YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]|
|FA:||Chris Banks and Howard Burkhart|
|Submitted By:||spanky on Aug 1, 2004|
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By justin dubois
From: Estes Park
Nov 4, 2004
|I suggest that the title of this route be changed to "Spank-tro-vision", in honor of the first ascentionist.Other early suggestions included "All in with a pair of two's". Those of us who've played poker with Spanky know what I'm sayin'. Great route in any case, just watch out, that crack and slab up top is a wee bit zesty!|
By Ivan Rezucha
From: Fort Collins, CO
Nov 7, 2004
|I've posted a photo under Power Shortage that shows the crux face of Ground Fall Interceptor. It looks really good...|
By Edward Corder II
Apr 22, 2005
|...Nice work on GFI Spanky This a great mixed trad route with exciting moves to the finish.|
By Anonymous Coward
May 26, 2005
Had a nice tour of GFI/Spanktrovision on 5/24/05. Route does well as two pitches, but whoever gets the second pitch will have much more to think about...though the first pitch is very nice and has great rock. There are a lot of gear options at the roof, and all placements seemed very good.
I thought the crux was after the third bolt, though I traversed a bit late to the right to gain the headwall crack. This was much harder than anything below, in my opinion. I also noted that if one finishes the thin crack section (after the three bolts) and exits the crack directly and a bit to the right, this seemed stout for 11a. I could see chalk and better holds to the left, but the moves were just as good and exciting as the thoughtful slab below.
Though the rock quality after the second pitch jug begins to suffer as the route winds down, GFI should not be missed. The second pitch alone is worth the hike, and it isn't over after the beautiful face climbing. The thin crack presents an obvious dilemna regarding foot placement - at the exact spot of the climber seen below, if I remember correctly. The picture is also a bit deceiving as the bolts are not exactly sportily placed.
At 5.11a, this one climbs much harder than many of the routes I have climbed on Lumpy rated just below the grade, but that is most likely given the ease of deviating from the sequential slab moves. This is a great addition to Lightning Rock. Hats off to the one who put up this one!
By John Tormalehto
Jun 11, 2006
|GFI is a great addition to the Ridge. Super fun climbing with a bit of spice. But, I did notice that all the bolts were placed incorrectly. The bolts were not placed perpendicular to the surface of the rock. So, only the bottom portion of the nut is in contact with the hanger. The bolts are OK for now, but eventually they will come loose.|