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YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Bill Schmausser
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Submitted By: Rich F. on Jul 4, 2011

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This is a great climb up the face, a few flakes, and along the left side of a jutting prow to a nice, bowl-shaped ledge with two anchors (see photo).


This is basically in the middle of The Icebox -- just behind and a little to the right of the tall pine tree. Scramble up a rock ramp to the start, which is a little to the left of the anchors above. I highly recommend Stewart Green's new "Rock Climbing Colorado (2010)" guidebook for details on the climbs at the Icebox.


7 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor. You could also use some small cams in the flakes -- but the bolts are exceptionally well placed. Whoever put this route up did an fantastic job!

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By Rich F.
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jul 4, 2011

Thanks, Ben. I added his name -- and I intend to purchase your guidebook, too.
By Joshua1979
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jul 6, 2011

I am very curious as to why someone would give this route a bomb. We all thought this was a stellar line on beautiful rock.
By Stich
From: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Jun 4, 2012
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Leo, you hated this route! Well, my friend didn't like it either, inexplicably. I found it a nice respite from the usual ho-hum slabfests 11-mile offers.

It's rated 5.10a in Ben's guide, but it's definitely only 5.9. The route is easier at the crux if you go behind the final arete-flake. Stay out front to keep it more interesting.
By Leo Paik
From: Westminster, Colorado
Jun 5, 2012

Ooops, that "bomb rating" was an error on my part. Sorry.
By Adam B
From: Wheat Ridge, CO
Jul 31, 2012

For a 75' sport route, this thing is really cool. Layback, arete, horizontal jams, and a beautiful setting!
By slim
Jul 27, 2015
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

I thought this was a great little route. Really neat holds, nice climbing, and nice protection.
By Karl Kiser
Aug 9, 2015
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

This is another route where a piece before the first bolt is safer.
By pcrist13
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Aug 17, 2015
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

I would agree with Stitch. The difficulty of this route completely depends on the arete section. Whether you're mostly on the back or front side of the arete made a huge difference for me. So I'd probably call it a 9+ for added thought-provocation.

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