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Hold The Line 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Ron Olsen and Mike Amato, 3/14/07
New Route: Yes
Fixed Hardware: 9 Lead Bolts, 2 Anchor Bolts [details]
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Submitted By: Ron Olsen on Mar 15, 2007  with updates from Patrick Sherry

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    Hold The Line is a fun new sport route on the Bihedral, about 30' left of Rhodian Shores. It features the same high-quality stone but is a grade easier. Varied climbing that makes you think.

    Angle left up a ramp to the first bolt. Climb up past 5 bolts, mostly 5.7-5.8 with a spot of 5.9. Clip the 6th bolt and work up into a V-corner (crux). An optional red Alien/purple Camalot can be placed after the 6th bolt. Climb past a wedged chockstone at the top of the corner, and angle left up a slab to a 2-bolt anchor on a nice ledge.

    Belay from here or lower 100' back to the start.


    Start on a ramp about 30' left of Rhodian Shores.


    9 bolts to a two-bolt anchor with lowering hooks that is shared with Rhodian Shores. An optional red Alien/purple Camalot can be placed after the 6th bolt. Lower/rappel 100' back to the start.

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    Rock Climbing Photo: Becca leading Hold the Line.
    Becca leading Hold the Line.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Midway up.
    Midway up.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Luke at the crux. On the left is Ken Parker nearin...
    Luke at the crux. On the left is Ken Parker nearin...

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    By Brenda Leach
    From: Sandy, Utah
    Mar 17, 2007

    This is a fun addition to the set of moderate routes on the Bihedral. Well-bolted. I didn't feel the need for placing a piece of gear at the crack and instead used the crack for a layback. Fun route and a good warm-up for the area.
    By Jake Wyatt
    From: Longmont, CO
    Mar 18, 2007

    Nice and long (by BC standards) pitch with solid climbing the entire way up.
    By Gary Schmidt
    From: Boulder, CO
    Mar 19, 2007

    I found this to be fun and interesting climb. A few moves over which to ponder including an interesting, somewhat mildly runout crux (which can be protected with a smaller cam if you so choose though I didn't find it necessary). Good climb with a nice length!
    By Nick Wilder
    Site Landlord
    From: The Bubble
    Apr 26, 2007

    Good moves with some nice variation. Well bolted, don't bother bringing gear.
    By Chris O'Connor
    From: boulder, co
    Sep 4, 2007
    rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

    Great route! Above the wedged chockstone I pulled on a jug only to be shocked by finding my stomach jumping out of my mouth. I yelled rock and the 20-35 lb block landed 15ft from my belayer! Man, we were lucky. Just thought I'd let everyone know there is more potentially loose rock up there, surprising because the rock looks and most of it is great. Wear your brain bucket!
    By Michael Walker
    From: Loveland, CO
    Nov 17, 2007

    Felt like a 5.7 route. Contrived. Would have enjoyed gear where the cracks were on the overlaps, therefore, felt like a sport route for the sake of being a sport route. Yawn.
    By Ivan Rezucha
    From: Fort Collins, CO
    Jan 13, 2008

    The general line has been toproped by me and undoubtedly others using the Rhodian Shores anchors and/or Bihedral Arete rap anchor. I believe I did the lower half (on TR) further right using the more difficult left angling seam. As bolted, I kept trying not to use the crack on the left feeling that using that was cheating, but without it the lower half would be more difficult than the rating.
    By Tony B
    From: Around Boulder, CO
    Jun 4, 2010
    rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

    If you avoid the corner entirely at the crux and just go directly up the face alone, the line is slightly more interesting and challenging, and is probably 5.9 that way, otherwise probably 5.8.
    By Robbie Flick
    From: Denver, CO
    Sep 5, 2010
    rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

    Great route for the beginner sport climber. More thought provoking than the other moderates in this area, with an interesting crux, for the grade.

    As for the comments on loose rock - I climbed this yesterday and found a medium sized chockstone in the corner after the crux that looked about ready to go. Considering it's the first good hand after the crux, I'd imagine it's getting pulled on a bunch....
    By Emanuel Boak
    Jun 7, 2013

    Just climbed this route today. This is the 5th sport climb I have ever done outside of the climbing gym, and I must say rating scales are definitely different. This was a very fun climb, and at the crux, which I would say is at the 5th-6th bolt, I believe, it took a bit of tuning out the what ifs, and fully commit, found 2 decent holds on the crux, one which looks like a loose piece of rock but is actually a good hold (for now) and was able to clip in while grabbing a small pinch to the left once you get up on the crux. All in all, it is a good route, a bit slabby, some lay back, and a bit reachy at the crux. Easy as pie after the crux, 2 more bolts and then the anchor bolts. Go for it, commit, and you'll send it!
    By James Hicks
    From: Grand Junction, CO
    Jan 20, 2014

    The chockstone at the crux is still there, and it doesn't feel loose at all. It might go one day, but it doesn't at all appear imminent. Fun route, nice and slabby in spots.
    By Daniel Joder
    From: Boulder, CO
    Mar 3, 2017

    Chockstone still there--I used it.
    By JD Tulloch
    Jul 25, 2017

    Chockstone still there and feels solid. He's a tough one.

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