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YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 85'
Original:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Stewart Green, Mike Heinrichs and Brian Shelton September ‘04
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Submitted By: Bill Olszewski on Mar 18, 2011

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The crux on Like Bookends is the start of the route. Work up to the first bolt on smears and tiny edges and be sure to have a good spotter, that first bolt is about 15’ up. Continue up on small holds and sustained climbing, past a couple large vertical flakes. Passing the fourth bolt the terrain is much lower angle, but still fairly dicey, as the holds are pretty much non-existent and it will be quite slick if there’s a lot of dust on the route. Above, move into the large flakes on steep ground. Work up the left side to the anchors. Avoid going right below the anchor; that undercling feels real nice but the huge flake is very hollow and the holds run out. Laying back that flake might just send 50 pounds or more of rock flying toward your belayer. Despite the occasional loose flake, this is a fantastic route and more difficult than any .10a in the northern part of the canyon, due to its sustained nature. Rappel to descend.


This is the far left bolt line on the wall, below the large flake system.


7 bolts, bolt anchor

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Rock Climbing Photo: Lee Rittenmeyer leading Like Bookends.
Lee Rittenmeyer leading Like Bookends.

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By Kyle Katsos
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Feb 22, 2015
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Starting at two underclings, travel north to Crimp City. Don't stay too long or you'll pump out. Keep trucking to Sloper Central and love that friction till you can rest on a slight ledge. Some sidepulls and buckets to an undercling finish. One of my top 3 faves at RRC.
Rock Climbing Photo: Starting undercling.
Starting undercling.

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