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Interstellar Overdrive 

YDS: 5.13d French: 8b Ewbanks: 31 UIAA: X ZA: 32 British: E8 7a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.13d French: 8b Ewbanks: 31 UIAA: X ZA: 32 British: E8 7a [details]
FA: equipped Kurt Smith, FFA Tommy Caldwell
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Submitted By: Peter Beal on Apr 30, 2002

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Interstellar Overdrive, commonly called just Interstellar, ascends the sheer sweep of stone on the far right of the cliff. A sustained 13a leads to an OK shake and fairly stout V8 boulder problem. The crux, which is all about reach, involves some thin edges (a little glue), and is followed by another 10 feet of hard climbing to the chains. Certainly one of the most classic hard routes on the Front Range, with easy access and morning shade. Now I just have to redpoint it....


8 or 9 bolts.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Daniel Woods on Interstellar Overdrive.
Daniel Woods on Interstellar Overdrive.
Rock Climbing Photo: Caryn, crimping her way up Interstellar.
Caryn, crimping her way up Interstellar.
Rock Climbing Photo: Chris Deulen working Interstellar Overdrive.
Chris Deulen working Interstellar Overdrive.
Rock Climbing Photo: Scott's Interstellar clown face.
Scott's Interstellar clown face.
Rock Climbing Photo: Kurt Smith working Interstellar Overdrive (5.13d),...
Kurt Smith working Interstellar Overdrive (5.13d),...

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By chris deulen
From: Castle Rock
Nov 3, 2007

Dear Issy,

You always hated it when I called you that. Listen, I'm really sorry things ended the way they did. Maybe if we had more time in this life. But that's just not the case. We had a lot of good times, and I'm greatful for the ride you've taken me on,'s not you; it's me. I know you may hate hearing this, but you're too good for me. I know, I know, we were close. Really close. But if we can't work things out in 4 months, what makes you think we can do it in two weeks? I've got other projects to think about. Don't give me that look. We talked about this, being open to seeing other projects, remember? We both know there are plenty of other better climbers out there for you, especially ones up for the 4th ascent. You are beautiful. It just isn't working out and I've got to move on, and you should too. I'm sorry.


By Tank Evans
Nov 6, 2007

Damn that's funny s$!t. Were those your draws posted for the last month, and if so did you pull them?
By Dave Snyder
Nov 13, 2007

I started working this route recently and was happy to find draws already in place. (Thanks, Chris) I always appreciate when draws are in place on a route. But apparently some people don't. After Chris took his draws down, I decided I would go ahead and hang mine on it. That was Sunday the 4th. Saturday I came back psyched to get on the route and found all my draws missing. I don't get it. Why would a climber steal another climbers draws? It makes no sense to me. If anyone knows anything about this send me an email at
By Tank Evans
Apr 15, 2010

I saw your draws get stolen, yelled at the dudes, started down the approach after them, but they sped off in a green Jeep Wrangler. One of the lamest things I have ever seen. I was up there to work on it, 3 gumbies rapped in and pulled all the draws then sneaked around the backside so they wouldn't pass us at the main cliff.

By Jay Samuelson
From: Denver CO
Nov 5, 2011

To whoever is currently working Interstellar, I cleaned my draws off Mission Impossible today and grabbed my anchor draw you guys had put on the top of Interstellar, so you'll need one for the chains now.
By Allen Chaney
Feb 27, 2012

Is someone working a linkup of the Mission Impossible project into the crux of Interstellar? There are draws hanging on the project until about halfway, and it seems like it'd be a obvious (and HARD) path up this wall to link the two. Just wondering!
By Jay Samuelson
From: Denver CO
Feb 27, 2012

Hey Allen, I don't think anyone is working the linkup right now, although that's a great idea! My draws are only halfway up Mission right now cause I'm still working on the lower crux section and figured there was no reason to have more of my draws going to waste on the rest of it.
By Allen Chaney
Feb 28, 2012

Ahhh, that makes sense. From what I could see from I/O, the project looks really stellar. Better rock maybe than its neighbor? How hard would you guess that lower crux is?
By Rob Eison
From: Denver, CO
Feb 28, 2012

When Jay and I last worked on the first half of M.I. in the fall, it was starting to clean up nicely. I think ultimately the rock quality will be better than I.O., and we should be able to avoid any of the reinforcement you see on the latter. I think the first half of M.I. probably climbs at mid to hard 5.13 and involves some temp-dependent sloper cruxes. Would you agree, Jay?
By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Feb 28, 2012

Oooooo!, does that mean you could start with Interstellar and end on MI?
By Jay Samuelson
From: Denver CO
Feb 29, 2012

Yeah, I would definitely agree with that Rob. I'm leaning more towards .13+ for the lower crux, but who knows, with more work and better beta, it may be easier. I think the upper crux may be slightly easier move for move, but it could be the redpoint crux. At this point, there's still so much to discover on this beast!

Darren: that's an awesome idea! I'm pretty sure you can link the bottom of IO with the top of MI, this might yield a stellar, consistent, hard .13!
By skinny legs and all
From: Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
Sep 9, 2013

There is a photo of Kurt Smith working this climb in a 1990 or 1991 Climbing magazine rocking a pink tank top, lycra, and a sweet moustache. Classic!
By Train4life
From: Boulder, CO
Jan 7, 2014
rating: 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a

Felt extremely fun and doable until the "V8" boulder problem at the top! Tommy, you are a monster and as such I'm not sure if you should be rating boulder problems. We just sent the classic V8 in Colorado, "Turning Point" and have done some V9s and 10s...couldn't even come close to pulling this! HARD, HARD, HARD boulder problem. Tommy, you are a beast! And congratulations on the not so new, but newer, newborn! :)
By David Cook
Oct 13, 2016

Please erase all unused tick marks on this climb! I hopped on this thing yesterday after taking a break from working it, and it was honestly ridiculous how many MASSIVE tick marks were left on this climb, especially noting that most of the holds are really obvious and that most of the ticks are completely useless. It's a beautiful climb, can we try and keep it that way?

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