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May-B-Nueve 

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

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 30'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Alex Colville
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Submitted By: Christa Cline on Jan 1, 2005

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Description 

This is a good route up a slab split by a crack. Go up the slab to the left of the crack to the first bolt. Step right at the bolt or slightly above and straight up to anchors up top.

Eds. Per Nick Esker: a little history: Alex Colville explained that when he first climbed this route he considered naming it [something] Ocho (because he thought it was 5.8). On his third time up the route, he fell on the top part of the climb and decided " eh... maybe it's nueve" 5.9).

Location 

This route is located in the Entrance area, to the right of Captain America.

Protection 

5 (4?) bolts, bolted anchor.


Photos of May-B-Nueve Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Unknown climber hanging draws on May-B-Nueve.
BETA PHOTO: Unknown climber hanging draws on May-B-Nueve.
Rock Climbing Photo: Unknown climber beginning May-B-Nueve.
Unknown climber beginning May-B-Nueve.
Rock Climbing Photo: Kelly near the top of May-B-Nueve.
Kelly near the top of May-B-Nueve.

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By Michael Amato
Jun 5, 2005

Slabby and thin from bottom to top, very challenging for the grade, and a great mental warm-up.
By Dean Cool
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 7, 2006
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

A good lead climb for someone looking for technical yet beginner lead climbing. Balance is key.
By courtney.vogt
From: Denver, Colorado
Sep 18, 2006

I agree with Amato, challenging for the grade. Great friction at the top.
By Casey Lems
From: Lakewood, CO
May 15, 2009

I agree with the comments about challenging for the grade. Definitely the hardest of the 8s we did.
By Gary Schmidt
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 14, 2009

Probably closer to 5.9 slab but one can always bail to the right into a crack if the harder section at the top gets too scary. More like a 5.7 finish this way.
By Tim Waystrong
From: New Hampshire
Aug 30, 2011
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

This climb only has 4 bolts w/ a 2 bolt anchor.
By Hiro
From: Colorado
Sep 30, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Faith in your rubber is required. I would not put a new leader on it, nor a leader w/o slab experience. Although I guess this depends what you think of falling on slab.
By hwendlandt
Sep 30, 2015
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R

Way awkward second clip, with real deck potential, with obnoxious consistent slab the rest of the way -- do not send a beginning leader on this, until they are comfortable in the mid-low 10s.
By Ben D.
From: Colorado
Oct 30, 2015
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Definitely a bit stiff for the grade. If you stay directly on the bolt line, the upper half is 5.9, and, yes, definitely not a good route for new leaders looking to build confidence. If you climb 1-2' left of the bolt line, might even go at 10a for a move or two. Fun slab climbing though. Trust your feet!
By Nick Esker
From: Boulder
Jul 17, 2016

Was lucky enough to run into Alex Colville at the base of this route. He explained that when he first climbed this route he considered naming it [something] Ocho (because he thought it was 5.8). On his third time up the route, he fell on the top part of the climb and decided " eh... maybe it's nueve" 5.9). It was Alex's 84th birthday, and I believe he climbed Mr. Breeze or Mr. Wind next door while I was on this route. What a badass!