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Men at Work 

YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c

Type:  Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 105'
Original:  YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c [details]
FA: Bob D'Antonio and Mark Rolofson, 1982.
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Submitted By: Dave Chenault on Oct 8, 2001

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    Climb the handcrack until level with some pockets and a drilled pin is up and right, place a cam or two (double ropes would be very useful here, otherwise you must runner this piece until it is virtually useless) and head right and up, supplementing the poor pin with some strategic tricams (three smallest). Head straight up, discovering a welcome pin drilled inside a pothole. Encounter the one move 5.11 crux dyno (the route goes at 5.9 A0 by pulling and standing on the pin here) which is very height-dependent, harder if short. Follow the pins to the top, passing a bit of loose rock. The pin anchor is 35 meters up, so if you have a single 60m, you must downclimb the crack, which is easy. Vintage Garden fun.


    This route starts at a left-leaning 5.5 handcrack ~100 feet south of the Blowouts bouldering pit. It follows an old pin ladder past many huge, nifty potholes.


    Many drilled pins of variable quality. Bring a #3 Friend and some small tricams for the start. Some slings for tying off shallow pins. Fixed anchor.

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    By Bosier Parsons
    From: Colorado Springs, CO
    Oct 9, 2004

    The crux is well-protected. Other sections of the route are a bit run-out but on easier climbing. However, I still thought the route was pretty sustained at 9+ and 5.10, with the crux and maybe one or two other harder moves. Classic Garden route. A 70m rope works great for a TR.
    By Bosier Parsons
    From: Colorado Springs, CO
    Mar 16, 2007

    I regret to inform everyone that while leading this route this afternoon, the key flake at the crux dyno move finally broke off. I cleaned it up and worked it for a while and could not get the same move, as it now goes to a sloping, sandy hold. I think it can be solved, and I know if you can get beyond the dyno move, the next move is now a difficult mantle. However, in my weakened and pumped condition, I could not solve the problem, so not sure how hard it might now be, but definitely more difficult.
    By phil wortmann
    From: Colorado Springs, Co.
    Apr 20, 2008
    rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a

    Did this route yesterday for the first time. I didn't see a need for any pro besides quick draws, although the first pin is a bit high. I found the crux dynamic move to be pretty stiff, (.11c-ish?) and the hold was very small and very sandy.
    By Dan Swann
    Sep 25, 2008

    The dyno move has gotten even harder. The ledge broke that you throw to sometime during the summer now just a little crimp. GOOD luck, throw to the right now.
    By matt bruton
    From: Colorado Springs, Colorado
    Dec 27, 2010
    rating: 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13

    Right for sure. and unless you have nuts like Bob, the hollow rock behind some of the pins on the upper section are hard to trust. imo.
    By Phil Lauffen
    From: The Bubble
    Dec 27, 2010

    I did this climb over the summer and got off of it BARELY with a 60m. YMMV.
    By erik rieger
    From: Ridgway, CO
    Apr 5, 2012

    Single 60m is ok for rap.
    By Bill Olszewski
    From: Colorado Springs, CO
    Oct 11, 2013

    Sweet route! This is quintessential Garden climbing.

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