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Lower Bolted Face 

YDS: 5.9- French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 16 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Sport, TR, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
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Submitted By: Julian Smith on Jun 28, 2008

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The Lower Bolted Face is between the Lower Roof Route and the large, left-facing corner system (5.5) that dominates the lower Creekside Wall. There is a line of 3 bolts that strikes up the face, just to the left of the corner system. If you climb to the left side of the bolts, you can stay in the crack/corner system for a good ways, and then break to the right, between the 2nd and 3rd bolts, for the crux finish in order to top out the face. If you decide to climb strictly to the right side of the bolts, it is much, much harder. So, it is a little contrived, but it makes for a nice climb anyway.
On a historical note, a long time, local climber regaled me with tales of running top-rope laps on this wall back in the '60s in order to train for the Valley. So, I think this kind of helps advance my personal theory that most everything got soloed in a pair of Hush Puppies years ago… Cheers!


3 quickdraws and some long slings to build a pipe/tree anchor at the top.

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By Julian Smith
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jun 28, 2008

This route may be the same as the one listed in the Stewart Green Pikes Peak topo that is named Gonna Bust Your Knuckles.
By Rich F.
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jul 10, 2010

Yes, I think it's the same route -- and if you follow the bolts it's pretty stiff for a 5.8+.
By Zach Wahrer
From: Bozeman, MT
Aug 26, 2013
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Dislodged a basketball-sized hunk of flake from down low off this thing yesterday. May be slightly harder now.

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