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Iron Worker 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Steve Wondzell?
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Submitted By: Aaron Hobson on May 30, 2010

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Andrus rappelling Iron Worker. We left a sling/rin...


This short corner climb can be used as an alternative 1st pitch for West Ridge as it gains the same big ledge. It is short and steep, and I found it somewhat puzzling as well, with the good holds not always obvious (and certainly not marked with chalk, I doubt this route sees much traffic). Overall, despite the interesting and good climbing, the somewhat loose rock and tenuous gear placements did not leave a favorable impression with me. Perhaps with more traffic, it could improve.


Located on the Citadel's west face, Iron Worker is a fairly obvious short corner climb a few hundred feet uphill from the start of West Ridge.


The name of this route got me wondering if protection for this climb is best done with pitons. I didn't notice any obvious pin-scars, but only using wires and cams didn't feel very comfortable. Shallow flaring placements, or awkwardly angled pods for nuts... it all added up to not much confidence.

No fixed gear at the top, but one can walk around on the ledge over to the chain anchors on top of Finger Zinger where a 2-rope rappel hits the ground.

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By Karl Kiser
May 31, 2010

This route was probably put up by Steve Wondzell. There are other routes to the right on the West Face of the Citadel. There is also a rap route down the West Face (two ropes).
By Eugene Staley
From: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Jul 23, 2012

I was up at the citadel on Saturday looking to do some climbing and was going to go up one of the lines on the paper we had, not yet on MP, but there were no marked raps if the route wasn't satisfactory, you mentioned a rap route. about where is it?
By Karl Kiser
Jul 24, 2012

It is at the top of the second pitch of Bent Thoughts (farther up the canyon). It can also be approached from the top. The 1/4" bolts are about 30 years old, add a new 3/8" bolt. See the old topo Pat posted:
By Karl Kiser
Mar 7, 2016

Should this climb be bombed? Or should a local just go up to the ledge, TR and clean the route and perhaps add a fixed pin? The single pitch climbs on the Citadel make for good summer climbing and another route is always good.

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