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Mellow Yellow 

YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a PG13

Type:  Trad, Sport, 4 pitches, 400', Grade III
Original:  YDS: 5.11d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 25 British: E5 6a PG13 [details]
FA: Larry and Roger Dalke, 1968, FFA: Wunsch, Bragg, 1975. Roof seam finish: 5.12a, Micheals, Sonnefield, 1986.
Fixed Hardware: 4 Lead Pins, 1 Anchor Pin, 2 Lead Bolts [details]
Season: Spring/Fall
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Submitted By: bhoran on Jan 3, 2009

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  • Description 

    This climbs a series of dihedrals and roofs on the southwest face of Tower One.

    P1. At a northwestern point of the Upper Ramp, climb over a roof to a dihedral, 5.9, leading to a belay below the prominent apex roof.

    P2. Climb up and through the steep apex of the roof, 5.11d, to a slab belay above.

    P3. Climb over the next roof system, 5.11c,and up to the top of the dihedral and belay.

    P4. Climb up to the next large roof with a thin crack splitting it. Climb out left, 5.9, under the roof, and connect with the last pitch of The Yellow Spur. Climb out the thin crack in the roof at 5.12a, via bolts, for added difficulty.


    This climbs a series of dihedrals and roofs on the southwest face of Tower One.


    Full rack and some bolts.

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    By Scott Bennett
    Mar 4, 2009
    rating: 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

    Some of these comments are already covered under the link-up "Mellow Fellow", but I thought I'd add them here for completeness.

    This is a great climb, and the hard climbing is well protected. The 11d crux on p1 sports a fixed pin that gives a top rope for the hardest moves, and this can be backed with good gear a few feet lower. Just above the lip of the roof, there is a perfect slot for a #2 Camalot.

    There is a fixed sling/piton/nut anchor at the top of p1, so one could rap from here, but P2 is also very good and interesting. It gets hard right off the belay, fortunately there are a few fixed pins here. After clipping the last pin, one can go straight up into the corner; this looked hard. We reached out right to some great huecos and pulled over the roof this way. After the roof, this pitch gets much easier (5.9ish), but the protection is small and well spaced.

    I would be interested in trying the 12a seam variation for the last pitch, but we were scared off by the rotten looking bolts (1/4" buttonheads w/ Leeper hangers?). I don't know anything about replacing bolts- do you have to apply for permission with the park? If anyone with knowledge and experience wants to get up there and put some good hardware in, feel free to send me an email and I'll come out and help.
    By Scott Bennett
    Dec 2, 2010
    rating: 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

    Replaced the bolts on the final pitch today. Thanks to Josh Thompson for the expertise and ASCA for the hardware.
    By Ben Walburn
    Dec 18, 2010
    rating: 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13

    Thanks for the work, Scott.
    By Hank Caylor
    From: Glenwood Springs, CO
    Dec 20, 2010

    Double thanks on the work, Scott!
    By Ben Walburn
    May 11, 2011
    rating: 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13

    After years of looking at the striking giant roofs and headwall, my friend Cody and I climbed this mega classic yesterday. Again I would like to thank Scott B. for replacing those bolts as the headwall pitch is not to be missed, especially now that the hardware was updated.

    The pins in the roofs are good. The "anchor" atop the first pitch is so-so, but like Scott said, you can back it up. If you're not pumped silly, keep going through the next roof. You will find an upward-pointing flake to sling (there were two slings on it already) and just to the right is a shallow but good crack for a natural anchor (sizes in the 0.3 range/yellow Aliens). The 5.9 section is a little run out to get started, but adequate gear is found a little further up.

    Splitting this in two pitches is the way to go. P1) through both roofs; P2) the 5.9 section/the 12a headwall/ to the top.
    By Jesse Huey
    Apr 16, 2012

    Thank you for the retro bolting. It would be nice to have the old bolts removed. Currently there are 2 bolts side by side.
    By Joseph Crotty
    From: Broomfield, CO
    Apr 17, 2012

    Jesse, let's get this straight. What I am hearing is that the old bolts were chopped (i.e. heads sawed off) and new holes drilled and new bolts put in next to the chopped ones?
    By Jesse Huey
    Sep 15, 2012

    Joseph... the current situation: new bolts next to old bolts. All still in the wall as of Sept. 14 2012.
    By Noah McKelvin
    From: Colorado Springs
    Apr 29, 2015

    Added a bomber offset nut to the p1 belay. No need to back it up now, if you choose to belay there.
    By dameeser
    From: denver
    Aug 20, 2016

    Thank's for updating that anchor, Noah, it looks a lot better than the last time I used it. I would still be worried about belaying off that first pitch anchor though. The nut is in a block that looks nasty, and the pin is well...old. If you still have the juice, you can climb though the next roof and belay at the next stance out right. It has much better gear for an anchor.

    You can get an RP at the pitch 3 second roof crux, above the current pin. It's a good piece and protects that crux well. I don't think the pin needs to be replaced.

    The old bolts that were next to the new ones are gone now. That crap bashie is also gone.

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