REI Community
Penitente - Inner Canyon
Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
10,000 Maniacs S 
7/11 S 
A Virgin No More S 
Air Jordan S 
Anatomy 101 S 
Animosity S 
Apes in Estrus S 
B1 or V5 S 
Bad Rap S 
Banana Slugs in Heat S 
Black Jesus S 
Black Sheets of Rain S 
Breakdown Dead Ahead S 
Brown Sugar S 
Bullet the Blue Sky S 
Candy Apple Grey S 
Children Of A Lesser Grade S 
Colville Express S 
Concupiscent Curds S 
Dazed and Confuzed S 
Dog's Delight S 
El Dedo Es la Llave S 
Forever Young S 
Freddy's Nightmare S 
Friday the 13th S 
Handle with Care T,S 
Harvey's Wallbanger T 
Head Over Heals S 
Heaven Can Wait T 
Hip Hop S 
How The West Was Won S 
Huecos Rancheros S 
I'd Rather Leia than Jabba S 
Innocent Mission S 
Intimidator S 
Jabba the Hut S 
Jack and Diane S 
Jewel Of The Mild S 
Josie's  S 
Los Hermanos de la Penitente S 
Los Hermanos de la Weenie Way S 
Morada S 
Ms. Cool S 
No Intent S 
No Sweat, No Vapor S 
Not My Cross To Bear S 
Nueve a Seis S 
Omnipenitent S 
Ordinary People S 
Passion Play S 
Pumping Huecos S 
Ranck E S 
Reptiles Lust and Dogs S 
Santa Cruz T 
Schizoid Way S 
Shady Lady S 
Shear Strength S 
Sheer Lunacy S 
Sister of Mercy S 
Soul Boy S 
Tanks for the Hueco S 
Tao of Gymnastic S 
True Penitence T 
Unbound S 
Unknown S 
Unknown (5.6 ramp) S 
Unknown 5.10a S 
Unknown 5.10d S 
Unrepenitente S 
Vapor Trails S 
Unsorted Routes:


YDS: 5.12a/b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.12a/b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Bob D'Antonio, Will Gadd '86
Page Views: 604
Submitted By: Mike Anderson on Oct 30, 2005

You & This Route  |  Other Opinions (2)
Your todo list:
Your stars:
Your rating: -none- [change]
Your ticklist: [add new tick]
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [1 person likes this page.]

Closed October 12th-15th, 2017 MORE INFO >>>


This route comes to us from a different era in which bolts were only placed, when no other gear options existed...and so, it is scarry!

This is a really great route, with good climbing, but unfortunately, the lack of fixed pro has [relegated] it to obscurity. The route climbs the crack feature left of the virgin painting. Start by stemming a couple desperate moves to reach a crack where the #1 cam can be placed. A few more placements will get you to a ledge...the #.5 is nice to protect the move getting to the 2nd bolt. The crux involves moving between crack systems between the 2nd and 3rd bolt. There are no anchors, but you can lower or (better yet) rap off the "Los Hermanos..." anchors.

A good route that could be very popular if it were "modernized".


Bolts, #1 Camalot, #2 TCU, #.5 Camalot

Comments on Morada Add Comment
Show which comments
By Jim Redo
Nov 3, 2005

Color me crazy, but aren't bolts supposed to be placed only when there are no other gear options anyway?
By Mike Anderson
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Nov 4, 2005

I won't "color you crazy", but I will color you a troll for asking a rhetorical question.

Of course you're not "supposed" to place bolts near other protection options, but people do, and they make for good, popular routes. At sport areas, "mixed routes" usually do not become popular. I'm not suggesting this should or shouldn't be, or that it is good or bad, I'm merely stating it as fact. For examples of such routes, visit Rifle, Shelf Road, Smith Rock, Penitente, American Fork, Logan, the VRG, Red Rocks etc..

I thought it might be helpful in the route description to explain why I think the route is not popular. If someone visits the canyon and asks themselves, "should I try this route? I don't know, [it's not] very popular, is that because it's a bad route?" They would be able to read my comments on and see that, "Oh, it's not that it's a bad route, it's just that you have to place gear, so maybe I will try it, or maybe I'm like everyone else that visits sport crags and doesn't climb the mixed routes, so no, I won't try it."

I'm sorry that my description of possibly the most obscure route in all of Colorado has offended you. Please accept my apologies.

By ac
Nov 4, 2005

No, color me a troll. What would the rating be after modernization?
By ac
Nov 5, 2005

Or, to answer Jim Redo's (non-rhetorical) question more simply:

Yes, Jim, you are correct.
By Jim Redo
Nov 5, 2005

I am so not offended. No apology necessary. Just making an observation. Love the Troll
By Anonymous Coward
Nov 5, 2005

Ironic that people are saying "color me..." since morada means purple in Spanish. It also is a chapel for Los Hermanos del Penitente.

Mountain Project

The Definitive Climbing Resource

MTB Project

Next Generation MTB Trail Maps

Powder Project

Backcountry Ski Maps & Secret Stashes
FREE Stickers · Gyms · RSS · School of Rock · Contact · About