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Mellow Yellow 

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

Type:  Trad, 6 pitches, 1060', Grade III
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: 31 March, 2003 Paul Ross, Layne Potter
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: USBRIT Ross on Mar 31, 2003

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Fran Bagenal, Mellow Yellow, 2003


This route and the two that follow are situated on a section of the slabs we call Triple Slab Buttress. These climbs give one a good introduction to the type of climbing found on these slabs. Location ... From the I.70 access drive 6.1 miles on the main dirt road to a right turn (this next section requires good clearance). Drive 1.7 miles, then turn right for about 100yds and park. Directly in front will be the Triple Slab Buttress. Mellow Yellow climbs the right hand buttress.Quite a mellow route with only one or two 5.8 moves protected by a bolt.This route has been revised after a third ascent.

P1) Climb directly up dark slabs about 25' out left from the obvious left facing corner/crack. Keep more or less to the edge to double anchor bolts. Some cam pro. 200' 5.5R

P2) Climb the groove above the belay, and then the slab left of the big corner to anchors below a big ledge (20' below the large ledge on the edge of the slab) or Continue to the large ledge and natural belays). 80+' 5.5

P3) From the big ledge, climb the slabs up to the right to a exposed step down into a groove system in the center of the face. Follow to double anchors. 210' 5.5R

P4) Straight up the shallow groove above (pro bolt) the first 20' are tricky, then easier climbing to a bolt belay. 80 5.8

P5) Straight up groove above to bolt anchor. 200' 5.4

P6) 4th class up slabs to summit and register. 200'

Descend the route via rappel. Note. An other more direct rappel is over to the right (north) of the top of pitch 4 descend to a ledge at the top of a groove system. Two 200' raps to 4th class slabs that are scrambled to the right (South) and back to base of the climb.


There is one protection bolt on this climb. Cams: Metolius one #2 and 3, two #5, one #7 and #8. Some medium to large stoppers. Two 60m x 9mm ropes. Slings, and a few quick draws.

Photos of Mellow Yellow Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Andy Donson on Mellow Yellow
Andy Donson on Mellow Yellow
Rock Climbing Photo: Fran Bagenal, Mellow Yellow. From 2003
Fran Bagenal, Mellow Yellow. From 2003
Rock Climbing Photo: The routes on the Triple Buttress.  A Runout Ridge...
BETA PHOTO: The routes on the Triple Buttress. A Runout Ridge...
Rock Climbing Photo: Arrows show climbers on Pitch 4 Mellow Yellow.5.8 ...
Arrows show climbers on Pitch 4 Mellow Yellow.5.8 ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Returning to the truck and cold beer Sept 2009 ..9...
Returning to the truck and cold beer Sept 2009 ..9...
Rock Climbing Photo: In the groove of pitch 3
In the groove of pitch 3
Rock Climbing Photo: Crossing the slab on pitch 3 to the central groove
Crossing the slab on pitch 3 to the central groove
Rock Climbing Photo: Starting pitch 2
Starting pitch 2
Rock Climbing Photo: On the first pitch
On the first pitch

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By Steve "Crusher" Bartlett
Dec 20, 2003
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Just did the second ascent of this climb. Great climb, continually interesting. Looks like the Flatirons, climbs like the Black Canyon. The rock is the pale stuff, yet is much harder than it appears, and much less sandy than it looks. We were impressed by the runout climbing. The 5.5 third pitch demands way more attention than 5.5 usually does. The fourth pitch is 5.9, and very "R." A couple notes on the description: The second pitch is about 80 feet to the bolts, and then you need to move the belay to the large ledge thirty feet higher, so you do do not run out of rope on the third pitch. On the third pitch traverse below the large flake sitting on the slab. The rack given is about right. Maybe double up on all the cams from 1"-2.5", but you only get good gear on the easy bits anyway.

Lastly, the fine climbing, and quality of route is let down by some poor hardware. Anchors on the tops of the fourth and fifth pitches are currently single bolts. These act as both belay anchors and rappel anchors. One of these is a spinner. A dangerous lead is one thing; you eyeball it good, step up to the plate and do it, or else back down, but rapping off someone else's single bolt on this rock is a bit of a crap shoot. Anyone doing this route should take a couple bolts and a bolt kit to back these up. Apparently there are a few more of these single-bolt rap anchors around these Reef routes. I'm told that Death By Chocolate, Day of Atonement, 1000' of Fun, and the more recent routes all have regular double-bolt anchors. The lower rap anchors, with double bolts, all sport single "American Triangle" pieces of 1/2" webbing. Best expect to have to tidy these up too.
From: Keswick Cumbria.UK
Dec 20, 2003

If you do back up some of the anchors and take a hand drill suggest you take #1 angles ,as hand drilling in this sandstone can produce a hole too big for regular bolts. Crusher..Pleased you enjoyed the adventure...Cheers
From: Keswick Cumbria.UK
May 22, 2004

Layne and I popped up and resolved 'Crushers'conserns with the rap/anchor bolts on the very low angled pitches of 4 and 5 , we added two more 4" bolts ,(blue Rawl), as well a bit more webbing here and there for the nervous .The bolt on Pitch 4 was not a spinner, all it required was a bit of nut tightning . This type of bolt, a pin drive, is excellent in the softer sandstone,and tests out above the blue Rawl type that is often sold in climbing shops.While we were in the area we also did a couple more new rather steeper slab routes ,both are equipped with well placed double 4" bolts . We want to keep you Bolder, I mean Boulder lads happy.......Have a good one.......
From: Keswick Cumbria.UK
Sep 11, 2009

After a 3rd ascent on Sept 11th 2009 this route has been revised
By brian wilson
Mar 5, 2011

Looks like you have to have a recognizable name to get respect in these parts.
From: Keswick Cumbria.UK
Feb 2, 2017

Well Brian think Beach Boys..

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