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Instant Crusher aka The Mississippi Two-Step 

YDS: 5.11a/b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c

Type:  Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.11a/b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Marc Beverly
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Marc Beverly on Jul 31, 2006

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BETA PHOTO: Instant Crusher, 5.11a/b Ouray, CO.


Start off the ground with some powerful cruxy moves on well protected climbing. The climb is fairly sustained thereafter, but with good rests, on nice horizontal holds.

This route follows high quality, natural line trending slightly left. This is a great climb for those wanting to push their skills to the next level.

The route was established during a guide's course and named after a Jeeping accident caused by spontaneous rock fall near the Skylight ice climbing area.


Drive to the Ice Park (Camp Bird Mine Rd) and park at the first major switchback past the Mountain Rescue Cache on the right and the CDOT building on the left. Follow the chain link fence to the right of the powder house to the south (uphill) and follow a trail to the left where the fence ends to a rhodenite outcrop about 20m from the fence. The climb faces north and begins near a low-angled slab to the left of the climb.


Bolts, 2 bolt anchor. You can walk off the back / TR easily.

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By Justin Putnam
Aug 8, 2010
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

This route is also known as "The Mississippi Two-Step".
By Bryan Gilmore
From: New England
Nov 21, 2010
rating: 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c

If this route was FA'd by Marc Beverly and he entered it into and he says the name is "Instant Crusher", why do you say it is also called "The Mississippi Two-Step"? Just wondering.
By Justin Putnam
May 22, 2011
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

It was first nicknamed "The Mississippi Two-Step" by the great climber Annie Whitehouse. She called it this because there were a group of up and coming, strong young climbers from Mississippi who pretty much ruled this crag. Inspired by stories of the legendary and nearly mythical local strongman/bad ass Bill MacTiernan, these youngsters spent countless days at the Roadside crag, testing themselves on the stout quartzite lines, and eventually mercilessly wiring them into their permanent muscle memory. The movement on Mississippi Two-Step is just that. Make a little move, dance your feet up, make another move, tip toe up some more, etc. Also, "Instant Crusher" is arguably the dorkiest name for a climb, especially a good one, of all time. ;)

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