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Monte Carlo 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Original:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
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Submitted By: Leo Paik on Jan 16, 2011

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    This is currently the rightmost route at The Riviera. It has 3 possible starts. The first 2 add length but are a bit contrived. You can start where Infestation starts and move right in to a groove, start at a crack that angles to a spike and then up, or just below the 1st bolt. The bit around the 1st bolt is probably the brief crux. It eases to probably 5.4 terrain around the 2nd bolt. You have to force yourself a bit right at the 3rd bolt to avoid the top of Infestation.


    This is right of Infestation and is currently the rightmost climb at The Riviera.


    4 bolts, possibly gear for lower starts, 2 anchor bolts with Mussy hooks shared with Infestation.

    Per hwendlandt Wendlandt: beware of the left Mussy hook, it is definitely compromised. Its clip flips right up past the hook.

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    By Jim Fox
    From: Westminster, CO
    Jul 26, 2014
    rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

    Fun, well protected, short route. Crux at the beginning was fun but not difficult. Last bolt to Mussy hooks was like climbing a stepladder. I lead it then pulled the rope left so we could toprope Infestation, which is a fun route as well. 5.6 seemed about right.
    By Rob King
    From: Lone Tree
    Jun 26, 2016
    rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    If you're 5'10" or over, it's an easy first clip from the top of the scramble. Work around to the left then up. Add a grade from what you lead in the gym, most routes are run out! Top right bolt is a spinner, be sure your top rope anchor is extension limiting and equalized. Look it up.
    By hwendlandt Wendlandt
    Mar 18, 2017
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    The left mussy hook is definitely compromised. Its clip flips right up past the hook. Not much of an issue if you are rapping or TRing, but if anyone is moving left to the next anchors, it seems very possible that the rope would slip out of that left hook.
    By Bruce Hildenbrand
    Apr 12, 2017

    Ron Olsen and I replaced both Mussy hooks at the anchor today. Thanks to Ron for providing the hardware.
    By Matt Bentley
    From: Boulder, CO
    Apr 17, 2017
    rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

    This route was a nice warm-up, though I wouldn't recommend going out here just for this route. If you're in the area, it's worth doing once. Just be aware that this route is extremely short.

    There is value in doing this route as a warm-up for Infestation, which shares an anchor with this route, or if other people are on the other easier routes at this crag, most of which are better than this route stand-alone. It's a fine route, but I probably won't be doing it again.

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