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Mineral Maze 

YDS: 5.11d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.11d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Bob Horan, 1984
Fixed Hardware: 2 Lead Bolts [details]
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Submitted By: Richard M. Wright on Mar 2, 2002

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Mineral Maze, West Ridge, Eldo.

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Just up-hill from Water Line is a right facing dihedral with a small roof, this is just behind a large tree. Approach from the slab (easy) and belay at the tree. Mineral Maze is a cool problem that entails getting established in the dihedral and solving the roof pull on the right. This is a power move on good hands, and you may try to get some gear in after pulling the lip, however, the slab is just a move away and probably most folks just climb on through. Belay at one of the trees and walk off left. This is a very worthy problem.


Just bring a rope and a couple of draws. While this pitch may be as much as 50 ft of climbing, about all the gear you will get is a pair of bolts in the dihedral.

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By Anonymous Coward
Mar 4, 2002

Unless things have changed since I last did this, these bolts really need to be replaced.
By Richard M. Wright
From: Lakewood, CO
Mar 4, 2002

Bolts on Mineral Maze and Water Line are in need of replacement. They are not death traps, but being upgraded to 3/8 would be very rational, and should this be brought up to the FHRC.
By steve dieckhoff
Mar 4, 2002

It's not necessary to get FHRC approval to replace bolts-simply inform the rangers on the day you are doing it.
By Richard M. Wright
From: Lakewood, CO
Mar 5, 2002

An upgrade would entail redrilling the existing hole. Does that change anything?
By slevin
May 26, 2006

The second bolt has been replaced.
By kevin murphy
From: Lafayette, Colorado
Mar 22, 2009

This baby seemed pretty hard. I may have read it wrong. Really good though. Gear on the slab seem mandatory. A fall would be ugly. Seems harder that Runsholt Schrunch. sp. Both great routes for lower West Ridge. Add in Super Scoop. Old school 11.d in Eldo is awesome. Good day