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Key Lime Sky 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 110'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Jason Stevens
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Submitted By: darrell hodges on May 23, 2009

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View of the entire route. Hanna McKeand leading.


Very long for such a moderate route.
There is a fun move over a short overhanging section at the very top.
The bolt line zig zags a bit so rope drag gets heinous. It would probably be helpful to use a couple of long slings in the middle.
I can see why it was bolted this way because the left-most bolts force you out onto the edge of the arete where it is exciting if you look down.


the right most route on Oxygen Wall


13 bolts to chains.

You probably want to use a 70M rope. Watch the end when lowering if using a 60. You would probably have to walk up the slope to lower with a 60 meter rope.

Photos of Key Lime Sky Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Perin Blanchard in the mid section of KLS.
Perin Blanchard in the mid section of KLS.
Rock Climbing Photo: Ken McRaney nearing 3rd bolt
Ken McRaney nearing 3rd bolt
Rock Climbing Photo: John Ross on Key Lime Sky.
John Ross on Key Lime Sky.
Rock Climbing Photo: Bottom part of route
Bottom part of route

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By Jason Stevens
From: Ephraim, UT
May 6, 2010

The route is called Key Lime Sky. Thanks! Glad you like it! Jason
By split161
May 29, 2011
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

this was a good route, very long, more like 70ft to the middle chains and 120ft to the top!!...thought it climbed harder than 5.8 probably more like 5.9...thought it was harder than say Zen Fen which is a 5.9

warning: If you climb to the very top, when lowering with a 70M rope it will come up about 7 feet short of the ground, belayer had to step up on ledge and climber clipped into the first bolt with a long runner, untied rope and unclipped runner and downclimbed to get down, bring about 18+/- Draws including anchors for the whole thing
By Kenan
Sep 26, 2011
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

This is a really long route and has great exposure and views. I thought it felt more like 5.9. BEWARE LOOSE COBBLES on this one. At one point my foothold blew out instantaneously and I took a 25-footer. YIKES. If it weren't for the dirt and loose cobbles I would have given this 3 or 4 stars. Perhaps it will clean up a bit with some traffic. Also note that I was *just* able to lower to the ground with a 60. Just a foot or so of slack to spare on each side.
By Tara Hansen
Sep 15, 2014

the last bolt before chains is awkward along with one more inconvenient one half way up the route (easier to skip them if you can). BRING RUNNERS for the middle section to reduce drag! Don't forget to enjoy the view from up top!
By Jenn Krogue
From: Salt Lake City, Utah
Jun 1, 2015

Agreed with Tara. That last bolt was really hard to see.
Didn't see it until I was lowering. Just skip it.
Definitely need a 70m. Very enjoyable long route.
By James Cranston
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 30, 2015
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Hit this on your way out for sure! Fun movement up good holds for days. Yeah, the guidebook is correct - the harder moves are at the beginning and past the small overhang to the anchors. Agree with other comments that bolt finding is a bit tricky (esp. the last bolt). The final moves are difficult for 5.8. Don't forget to turn around and enjoy the view! Knot those rope ends for this one ;)
By lech
Feb 22, 2016
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

For a beginner climb this thing could use more bolts. Feet like some bolts where spaced 12 to 15 ft that could be a 30 ft fall. Just saying to think before you tell your newbie friend to lead this one.
By B-Dubs
Jun 5, 2016

split161 must have been climbing with a 60M rope not a 70M. Both ends will touch the ground with about 10 ft to spare if you are climbing on a 70M
By James Hicks
From: Grand Junction, CO
Jul 5, 2016

Great cruiser route. Well bolted, to the point I climbed past the last bolt without noticing. 70m was plenty long.
By Jim Clarke
From: Cottonwood Heights, UT
Jun 11, 2017

Popular and crowded on the weekends...hit it 1st thing early or way late.

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