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Mission Impossible 

YDS: 5.14c French: 8c+ Ewbanks: 34 UIAA: XI- ZA: 35 British: E9 7b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
Original:  YDS: 5.14c French: 8c+ Ewbanks: 34 UIAA: XI- ZA: 35 British: E9 7b [details]
FA: Daniel Woods
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Jay Samuelson on Jun 8, 2011

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Your mission, Mr. Phelps, should you choose to accept it, is to ascend the sweeping gray, green, and orange face to the left of Interstellar Overdrive. This mission is wrought with dead-ends, danger, and misery for the few who dare attempt the Impossible. Your entry exam shall be slab climbing that is slightly overhung which will immediately deposit you into the crux; survive the mental and physical torture of the next two bolts and you might just breathe the rarefied air of the upper headwall. Don't breathe too easy though, as traps and tricks are waiting to spit you back to the realm of mere mortals. Should you fail, we will disavow any knowledge of you and your mission.


Mission Impossible is located on the far right side of Wall of the Nineties, right of the two obvious cracks, .30-06 and Roadrunner, and left of Interstellar Overdrive.


10 bolts - 2 bolt anchor over the lip with chains. Stick clip bolt 1. Be careful lowering as well, I think you'll end up about 5 feet off the ledge, and will need to be pulled back in. A 60m will work, knot your ends!

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Rock Climbing Photo: Mission Impossible.  Photo: Bligh Gillies.
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By Jay Samuelson
From: Denver CO
Jun 8, 2011

Open Project:
This thing is hard, if you're gunning for it go get it! Tell your friends and spread the word, one of the hardest lines in Clear Creek is open for all to try - so who's gonna accept the mission?

  • I have no idea how hard this thing is, I don't climb this hard yet. From a close inspection, it seems it could be hard 5.14, but I wouldn't be shocked if it landed in the lower .14 range. Of course, sometimes things look easier (or harder) from a rope....
By slim
Jun 9, 2011

I'm putting my money on jstar, if he is still around these parts.
By Luke Childers
Jun 9, 2011

Thanks, Jay!!! Although it may take the rest of my natural life to climb to the 1st bolt on this line having rapped this line before, I can vouch for is classic location and quality of stone. Can't wait to try it (on TR :-). Such a fantastic line should bring them in, man!! Can't wait to see it go!! Bolting this line is like fishing for hardmen!!! Good luck on this classic!!!!!!! Looks so gooooooddddd!!!!!!!!!
By Rob Eison
From: Denver, CO
Jun 10, 2011

I predict this will be the new king line of Clear Creek. Time to start training, people, because this one has holds and will go down! The Front Range is lucky to have your vision and motivation for putting up new routes. A beautiful line, Jay!
By Jonathan Siegrist
From: his truck
Apr 8, 2012
rating: 5.14c 8c+ 34 XI- 35 E9 7b

Finally got a chance to try this rig yesterday. It's a cool line for sure. Could still use a little more cleaning, maybe move a bolt or two, but for the most part it's bomber and ready to go. I did all of the moves through the route but was somewhat stumped at the last bolt... the sun was setting and my patient belayer was losing her patience (understandably). Very hard move up top off an improbable sloper, but I suppose I could have missed something. Seems like putting it together will certainly be 8c / +(?). Very unique style! nice route. I'd return but I'm leaving the country in a few days and gotta wrap some other stuff up. I'd predict that D. Woods will tear through this thing quickly. Great vision!
By Jay Samuelson
From: Denver CO
Apr 9, 2012

Right on, Jonathan, thanks! I'm excited this is getting some attention and coming together. I'm more than happy to move any bolts you think are necessary, just let me know the new locations if you already have a good idea where they should go (I'm guessing bolt 5 needs to go right of the flat crimp). I'm glad this thing isn't getting cobwebbed and waiting years for me to do it. Can't wait to see some climbing go down, looks (and feels) crazy up there. I'm excited to see what you come up with. I can't believe it might be as hard as I originally thought either. Man, I'm psyched!!
By Jay Samuelson
From: Denver CO
May 8, 2012

The mission has been accomplished, Daniel Woods climbed Mission Impossible earlier today. Congradulations, Daniel, nice work!
By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
May 9, 2012

Yeah!! Way to go, Daniel!
By Kirsten KDog
May 10, 2012

Wow, how exciting! Super impressive, that thing looks craaaazy. Lots of hard stuff going down finally in CCC---- will the Double Stout be next?!?! :)
By Train4life
From: Boulder, CO
Mar 27, 2014

Jon Cardwell just sent! 3/26/14.

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