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Hippie Vest 

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

Type:  Sport, 2 pitches, 190'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Michael Kimm, Summer 2011
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Michael Kimm on May 17, 2012

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Climbing Hippie Vest. 6/29/16.

RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. MORE INFO >>>


Pitch 1: Climb the boltline under and on the right side of the small tower on the left side of the slab. Make a thin move off the highest point of the tower (crux) and then follow the seams straight up to an anchor. 5.9.
Pitch 2: Follow the line straight up through mellow slab climbing with good varnish holds to a thin crux right below a large sloping ledge. Take the easier terrain to the anchor. 5.8


Rappel the route with one 60m rope.


Bolts to chains.

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By Eric-D
From: Las Vegas, nv
Jun 28, 2012

Everything about the tower scares the crap out of me. I swear I could feel it move under my feet. The climbing is not hard but I could not get comfortable until i was above the tower. Glad I wasn't the one standing under it to belay.
By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
Apr 20, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

I've done this route twice now and probably won't repeat it again. while the last 30 feet or so are good, the first 40 are scary and nerve racking.

if you're going to get on this, be solid at 5.10, as getting to the bolt above the tower is pretty hard and the fall consequences are high.

I also agree on the tower. I'll be curious to see how long that thing sticks around.

the second pitch is good, worth doing if you go up the first.
By Fan Zhang
From: Washington, DC
Apr 7, 2014

Did only the first pitch on 4/2/14 and found the tower scary. More loose flakes higher up on pitch one.
By Edward Pyune
From: Las Vegas, NV
May 29, 2014

I didn't climb this one, but looking from below, the second to last bolt on the first pitch looks like its placed very poorly. It almost looks like it is placed on a flake that will go if pulled too hard, let alone fell on
By Michael Kimm
From: Las Vegas, NV
Jun 1, 2014

The bolts are good. If you think I don't test the rock before drilling you're out of your mind.
By Steve Jones
Nov 28, 2014

Nice mud tower. The top block on it moves to the touch.
By MaxCat
Mar 22, 2016

My final climb on the wall before the rain came...combined both pitches with one 70m and skipped some bolts. Really confused and surprised by some of the comments. I'm a 5.10/5.11 leader and thought that 1) the bolt off the tower was not difficult to get to and 2) the bolts were all fine. Ironically, I read the negative reviews, then tied in and found out for myself. It's all good and a very fun route; don't judge a book by its cover and don't judge a climb from the ground...
By Leslie McG
Apr 5, 2017
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13

This is one of the best 9's I have done. Thoughtful, flowy, and spicy. Definitely a thought provoking sequence that might seem easy to follow but gives you pause on lead. I agree with John- definitely don't want to blow the move off the tower. It's all there, but between the fragile rock and knowing where the last bolt is, it can be very heady if you're not solid on technical small stuff. That being said, if you like that style you cannot ask for a better climb at the grade.

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