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Monkey Wrench 

YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Original:  YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a [details]
FA: Alan Nelson/Kurt Smith, 1990
Fixed Hardware: 5 Lead Bolts, 2 Anchor Bolts [details]
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Submitted By: Nate Weitzel on Jan 1, 2001

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Personally, this is my least favorite line on the wall. It climbs up a sloping shelf (just left of the center of the wall) to a crack for a few moves, but then it becomes an awkward slopefest. There are definitely better lines on the wall.


4 bolts / 2 bolt anchor (coldshuts).

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By Peter Beal
From: Boulder Colorado
Aug 28, 2001

Having done this 30-40 times, I have to second Alan's verdict.
By Nate Weitzel
Sep 22, 2001

Based on the above comments, I tried route again and will now disagree with myself. This is quite a good route and I agree that it seems to be good training for the other routes on the wall. I guess I had a bad day when I tried it the first time around! Thanks for the comments and stimulus to get on this one again.......
By Leo Paik
From: Westminster, Colorado
Mar 5, 2002

This was my kind intro 11c sport route a bit back. Keeps your interest in such a short bit of climbing. Beware, Brian, on his first lead of this route, snapped off a good hold before the 1st bolt and had to be spotted down. Have fun but Be Careful.
By Sam Benedict
From: Denver, CO
Oct 19, 2007
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a

This is a pretty rad line. In good weather the slopers are extremely positive, almost like jugs. most of the climbing is kind of powerful and fairly obvious, with some trickery right of the ground and right before the anchors. It also serves as a much friendlier warm up than Power Trip.
By Jay Samuelson
From: Denver CO
Apr 28, 2008
rating: 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a

I thought this route was pretty fun, good warm up.
By Harald Harb
From: Dumont
Oct 28, 2009
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13

I started climbing the Anarchy wall this summer. Found Monkey Wrench fun and challenging. Once you figure out the feet on the first rail, it's great, working to the top ledge another left moving rail but shorter, great gymnastic change of pace climb.
By Brent Walker
From: Denver, CO
May 27, 2012

I replaced the biners up top with a couple of my own, as they were getting dangerously worn. They won't last all that long, but I'm poor, and it was all I had.

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