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Idle Hands 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
FA: Possibly Richard Rossiter, solo, 1987
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Submitted By: Michael Komarnitsky on Jan 1, 2001

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BETA PHOTO: 1. Jam It, 8. 2. Ho Hum, 4. 3. Idle Hands, 6. 4. M...

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  • Protection 

    For TR, a 10 foot sling, and smaller nuts will set up a good anchor. Light rack, mid-sized cams.

    Photos of Idle Hands Slideshow Add Photo
    Rock Climbing Photo: A close view of the route.
    A close view of the route.
    Rock Climbing Photo: A: Idle Hands. B: Mons. C: Q's.
    BETA PHOTO: A: Idle Hands. B: Mons. C: Q's.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Too much Fun.
    Too much Fun.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Top of Ho Hum.
    Top of Ho Hum.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Nickie Kelly approaching the steep headwall near t...
    Nickie Kelly approaching the steep headwall near t...

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    By Anonymous Coward
    Jul 5, 2001

    This is a great first route for beginners. A little bit of face at the bottom, a lot of crack work.It can be topped, but need some long slings, a 60m rope, and a willingness to lay into the belay a little since the friction on the rope is pretty strong.
    By Brendan Sheehan
    Jun 25, 2002

    The Boulderado is a good crag for working on easy leads. The line left of Idle Hands, marked 2 on the above picture is called Ho Hum, 5.4 in the guidebook. I didn't figure it was worth a separate write up, but it's as good as Idle Hands and the short diheadral above and left of the tree offers an opportunity to practice jams.
    By Stephen Allen
    Sep 13, 2003

    I think this would be a good lead for a beginner or for someone looking to build back confidence with trad (me in both cases!). Be sure that your belayer is anchored - we used a sling around a big boulder at the base - since any falls before the first piece about 10 feet up would send you and your partner to the highway. It's very consistent climbing, with no real crux except for the top, which we went to the right of making for an easier finish (the same as for Mons, the crack to the right).
    By Gary Schmidt
    From: Boulder, CO
    Oct 13, 2003

    A nice obvious line on solid rock. A nice practice route for the beginner leader, though I found it a little tricky to protect up at the final more vertical crux, but a couple of small nuts seemed to do the trick. And yes, rope drag can be a bit of an issue.
    By James Garnett
    From: Bellingham, WA
    Nov 20, 2003

    Very fun route! Leave all the mid- and large-sized gear behind, though. I led this with a half-set of wallnuts, smaller aliens, and one #1 camalot. And that was sewing it up.
    By Sarge
    May 28, 2007

    You do not need the long runner anymore. There are great bolted anchors at the top. Lead it, don't TR. It's more fun.
    By Ron Olsen
    From: Boulder, CO
    May 28, 2007

    Richard Rossiter placed four bolt anchors at the Boulderado in March 2007 at the request of The Spot gym. See my comment and Photo. Richard has the first known ascents of these routes on the Boulderado; see Richard's comment.
    By Mike Pharris
    From: Longmont, CO
    Jul 3, 2007
    rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

    One of the bolts at the top of Idle Hands is missing its hanger and rap ring - as of July 2, 2007.
    By Tits McGee
    From: Boulder, CO
    May 21, 2009

    Good line - Protection not always obvious, used a #1 BD out to the right with a 4' runner to protect the final moves to hangers.
    By Erik in CO
    From: Colorado Springs, CO
    Oct 1, 2009

    Fun route. Protection can be a little non-obvious and I ended up using a number of horizontal small-cam and tricam placements. Probably would have held, but I wouldn't have wanted to try them. Anchors in good condition.
    By Eric Klammer
    From: Boulder, CO
    Jun 3, 2013
    rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

    Awesome! Take the rock quality and all those cool chickenheads from The Dome and tilt it towards vertical, that is this climb. Slabby start to steep and juggy towards the anchors. Good pro throughout, lead it!
    By Hiro Kurotsuchi
    From: Colorado
    Jul 9, 2014

    Good protection, I used all cams, but partly bc my partner doesn't like removing nuts. Even though I placed a #3, you could easily do the route with nothing larger than a #1 or 2. A single rack is totally adequate. Bring shoulder length runners though, and watch your rope line as it passes over the blocks.
    By Jim Fox
    From: Westminster, CO
    Nov 9, 2014
    rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

    Surprisingly fun climb for the grade.
    My son's 1st trad lead, 2nd lead ever. He sewed it up with a couple small Camalots and several nuts.
    Nice easy climb with almost vertical headwall at top. 5.6 on the upper half, easier lower down.
    By Andres Fernandez
    From: Boulder, Colorado
    Feb 21, 2016
    rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

    Good little climb. A little cold to climb in February. Not the easiest to protect for the beginner 5.6 leader. Anchors at the top look great.

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