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Levitation 29 

YDS: 5.11b/c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a

Type:  Trad, Sport, 9 pitches, 700', Grade III
Original:  YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c [details]
FA: Jorge and Joanne Urioste/FFA:John Long, Lynn Hill & Joanne Urioste
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Submitted By: justin dubois on Feb 14, 2003

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The crux pitch is extremely well protected.

RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. MORE INFO >>>


This route is considered by many to be the BEST route at Red Rocks. Lynn Hill calls it her favorite route of all time, hard to believe it's better than the free Nose, but to each her own.

It is located up on the Eagle wall, high above Oak Creek Canyon. The approach follows the creek bed to the back of this canyon then turns right and up a steep but walkable slab/ramp to the base of the Eagle Wall. Allow 1-3 hrs for the hike in. The route can be identified by locating the Eagle made of varnished rock, flying west about 1/4 up the wall. Levitation climbs through the tail of this big birdie. Another landmark is the crux headwall on pitch 5, with what appears to be a splitter crack in it. Aim for this.

Pitch 1:locate a nicely varnished and smooth corner system with about 4 bolts near the right side of the Eagle Wall. Climb this awesome pitch to a bolt anchor 100' 5.10

Pitch 2: step right from the belay and gain an open corner. Head up steep but juggy flakes, clipping bolts where gear would work. Aim for the big roof above. Make incredibly fun and exciting moves out this roof with bolts well above your head the whole way, to another bolted anchor. I was tempted to skip some clips exiting the roof as they are 2 ft apart, but clipping them for your 2nd is a nice gesture. 90' 5.11

Pitch 3: Follow a left-trending crack system till it ends, then face climb back right towards a left facing corner. climb up this corner to yet another bolted anchor. there is more gear on this pitch than it looks from below. 100' 5.8

Ptch 4: Climb a line of bolts straight up from the belay passing an awkward bulge, into a crack system. follow this to the base of the headwall with a crack in it. 110' 5.10

Pitch 5: The business. Head up the steep CRACK, with lots of BOLTS next to it. A great exposed pitch. The crux is about 20 ft off the belay, where fist jams and hand jams and finger locks gain a shallow dihedral. fight the pump and it's on to another bolted stance. 90' 5.11 13 bolts.

Pitch 6: Continue with the same crack system but at a less extreme angle guessed it a bolted anchor. 5.10 80'

Pitch 7:Follow a left facing corner to some pumpy liebacking around a bulge. 90'5.10

From here most people rap with two ropes. there are two more pitches, I have not done them or seen them, they are 5.9 and 5.8. You can walk off from th top of the wall, but rapping is casual. I don't know the details of the walk off.


At least 13 draws, bring more and you can link pitches 5&6. A single rack to #3 Camalot will suffice.

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Rock Climbing Photo: The Eagle wall seen from the approach ramp. There&...
BETA PHOTO: The Eagle wall seen from the approach ramp. There&...
Rock Climbing Photo: Jason Seaver entering the technical corner of the ...
Jason Seaver entering the technical corner of the ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Bob Horan heading up Levitation 29.
Bob Horan heading up Levitation 29.
Rock Climbing Photo: Unknown climber cruxin on Leav.  Taken from P5 of ...
Unknown climber cruxin on Leav. Taken from P5 of ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Climber from 11/14/09 pulling the roof on pitch 2.
Climber from 11/14/09 pulling the roof on pitch 2.
Rock Climbing Photo: An old bolt with "JU" etched on it, pres...
An old bolt with "JU" etched on it, pres...
Rock Climbing Photo: Jeremiah heading into the crux on the second 5.11 ...
BETA PHOTO: Jeremiah heading into the crux on the second 5.11 ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Taken from atop pitch 5
Taken from atop pitch 5
Rock Climbing Photo: Chris leads picth 5 on levitation 29. 11c
Chris leads picth 5 on levitation 29. 11c
Rock Climbing Photo: Julien Laurent leading pitch 8 on Levitation 29.
Julien Laurent leading pitch 8 on Levitation 29.
Rock Climbing Photo: Photo: Tyler Casey
Photo: Tyler Casey
Rock Climbing Photo: Just below the 11b crux on pitch two
Just below the 11b crux on pitch two
Rock Climbing Photo: Nate A. sniffing out the second pitch.
Nate A. sniffing out the second pitch.
Rock Climbing Photo: Checking out the crux on the gorgeous second pitch...
BETA PHOTO: Checking out the crux on the gorgeous second pitch...
Rock Climbing Photo: A party of Californian Spaniards coming up p6 (5.1...
A party of Californian Spaniards coming up p6 (5.1...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down from pitch 2. Such a sick climb/
Looking down from pitch 2. Such a sick climb/
Rock Climbing Photo: Craig headed off on a brisk November morning
Craig headed off on a brisk November morning
Rock Climbing Photo: Oak Creek Canyon's Eagle Wall. Photo: Bob Horan Co...
Oak Creek Canyon's Eagle Wall. Photo: Bob Horan Co...
Rock Climbing Photo: Andy leading up the crux 11c pitch.  Andy and part...
Andy leading up the crux 11c pitch. Andy and part...
Rock Climbing Photo: Party on Levitation
Party on Levitation
Rock Climbing Photo: Alex p7
Alex p7
Rock Climbing Photo: Aaron p5
Aaron p5
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Alex, p1
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lookin down pitch 2

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By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Mar 15, 2004

Grade III? Yikes, you must be speedy, Justin! In the Urioste "Red Book", this is Grade V! But this assumes going over the top ...
By phil broscovak
Mar 15, 2004

definitely not a grade III
By justin dubois
From: Estes Park
Mar 15, 2004

OK I did not go over the top, nor did I even do the two pitches after the crux.........I suck. But in my opinion, when it comes to a commitment grade, if EVERY pitch has a huge bolted anchor, just how commited are you? If the Scenic Cruise in the Black is grade V, this can't be more than a III, right?the appraoch should get a V...
By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Mar 16, 2004

I would argue that the presence of rap anchors does not change the grade of the entire climb at all; however, it does make it easier to shorten the route by rapping off early. Heck if you just want to do the first pitch this could be grade I (well, maybe not considering the approach). The grade should be for doing the entire climb plus normal descent, in my opinion. It is true that most people these days don't do the last few pitches, and I agree done this way it is not a grade V. I don't think any less of you for rapping after the crux, I haven't done the route and doubt I could even get up pitch 2. There are no rules here!

Anyway I wouldn't suggest sleeping in and starting the approach at 10 AM for this route, even if you are just planning to go through the pumpfest pitch. The approach is a monster!
Mar 22, 2004

Some additional beta on the approach: Follow the river bed up the canyon until it splits. Take the right fork and follow this drainage until you encounter 2 giant pine trees, one on either side of the drainage. The trees are very obvious when you see them. Follow 3rd class ramps back and up to the right towards the wall. Scramble down an approximate 60 ft. gully (3rd - 4th class) before continuing up again to the base of the wall. This approach took us 2 hours exactly.

We only did the first 6 pitches, but all were of high quality. The first pitch felt a tad awkward and very different from the pitches above, very fun though. The second pitch roof is easy if you climb in a gym at all. I felt some of the climbing prior to the roof to be more difficult. The fifth pitch is not over once you pull through the jams, very fun and technical.
By 10b4me
May 25, 2004
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

What's up with all this favorite climb crap? How much climbing have you done? Isn't every climb and experience different?! Why all the hype about this or any other climb? People just like to talk, talk, talk!!!
By jeff m giddings
Apr 10, 2005
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a

Awesome route! Maybe not the best route at Red Rocks, but it rates pretty high. Much harder than 11a in my estimation.
By Drederek
Apr 17, 2005
rating: 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

Have done this climb twice now and still prefer Epinephrine. The thin section above the jambs was the crux for me and "power liebacking" pitch with 18 bolts (p6?) was my favorite. This formation has the easiest walkoff of any long climbs at Red Rocks and is almost as scenic as Mt Wilson. Doing the last couple pitches is a small price to pay for such an easy, scenic descent. You just wander back along the ridge toward the drainage (pretty much level) and around the backside of a large red mound (well defined trail) then head right down the smooth, brushfree slabs to the pines and over to your packs. From there there is a much easier descent (and ascent on the way in) which basically goes down to an 8' diameter boulder and then winds around slabs slightly updrainage to the stream. I would highly recommend descending this route before trying to ascend it but once you've done it you'll not go the other way.
By 10b4me
Jan 8, 2006
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

I felt a little cheated by the bolts. Easily half of them could have been removed and good gear could be placed.

If this route were in Eldo, there would be 4 total bolts and 3 bent over pitons.

I guess I can't bring my trad ethic on vacation with me.
By tenesmus
Sep 10, 2006

I totally agree its overbolted, but remember no one made you clip them.
and oh...eldo schmeldo.
By 4fun
Oct 29, 2006

Great Route!! Favorite pitches are pitch two and the very pumpy and very long lie back pitch. I only had 10 quickdraws so the 18bolt pitch became a little more exciting.

PS. I have done the climb twice, the first time was a couple days after a big rain storm and the gully was roaring with water, the approach took 3 hours and my partner found himself almost swimming in one of the pools.
By Kyle vH
Dec 1, 2006

Does anyone know if you can rappel this with 1 70m rope?

By Shirtless Mike
From: Denver, CO
Dec 5, 2006

I did this route over Thanksgiving break. We rappelled the route with 1 70 m no problem, it was only close for 1 pitch edit: (don't remember which actual pitch this was, post below says pitch 4). For a rack we took quite a bit to link together pitches, Pitch 1&2 and 8&9. I believe we used the #2, but the #3 wasn't necessary unless you want to aid the crux. I also don't remember using any micro cams or wires. Pitch 7 now has something like 18 bolts, but many are easily skippable or back cleanable. Overbolted but feels good on the awful rock of that pitch.
By Luke Stefurak
From: Seattle, WA
Nov 5, 2007
rating: 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a

More beta for rapping with a 70m Rope

We climbed the route on 11/3 and rapped with a 70m rope. It is really close on the rap from the top of pitch 4(the belay below the crux pitch) to the pitch 3 anchors. The ends of the ropes hang just inches below the next set of rap rings without any weight on the rope. We extended our belay devices and with a bit of stretch had no problem with the rap. We had a brand new rope so the amount of rope stretch should not be an issue. Do BE CAREFUL though since it is very very close.

All other pitches reached easily with a 70m rope with many feet to spare.

We easily linked 1&2 and 8&9. The biggest issue was rope drag for both of these links. Make sure to use a long slings at the P1 anchor and before and after the P8 anchor.
By Jonas Wiklund
Dec 28, 2007
rating: 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a

Whatever Disturbing the Peace says, if you do this route without any small slcds or wires you pretty much have to solo the 5.8 pitch.
By Brad G
From: 1994 Honda Civic
Jan 1, 2008

It would be cool to lead this climb without useing the bolts. There seems to be just enough cracks. Very runout and scary though.
By BenL
Mar 22, 2008

a great route. I enjoyed the approach a lot 'cause it's fun jumping trough the river bad. You can easily skip the last part of the creek by walkong up rightwards slabs to a boulder and then scramble up an arete and walk down (40m) to the start. You absolutely NEED small wires for the third 5.8 pitch unless you are suicidal. Holds can break here!!
We rappeled after the 6. pitch, every pitch was fun...
We rapped with a seventy meter rope, and it was ok.
By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
Dec 10, 2008
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a

good route- very rewarding. went to the top- then rappelled the route with a single 70m line (new sterling 9.5mm) with no problem- that rap from 4 to 3 is super close- its exactly 35m between bolts (maybe 36m).

for a rack, if i were going to do it again, i'd take a single set of nuts and gear to a #1 camalot- i think both the number 2 and 3 camalots are totally optional.

oh, and i'll call this one a solid grade IV if you go to the top.
By Karsten Delap
From: North Carolina
Mar 8, 2009

Use caution with the 70m rope. Our rope (an older Mammut); and another party's rope (Maxim?) did not reach. The other party had extended the rappel devices; rapped to the knots and had to clip in 3 or so feet above the belay. Our rope didn't even come close. 10 ft short?
By Anthony Anagnostou
From: nyc
Mar 11, 2009

you can get to the base of the eagle wall in a little over an hour from oak creek parking. see direct approach beta on the main eagle wall page.
By Joe Stern
From: Moab, Utah
Apr 26, 2009
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a

Did the route yesterday (4/25/09) fantastic as advertised. I agree with vegastradguy's rack: single set of nuts (being about 4 med-large size) and up to #1 cam (with nuts, probably just a .75 and 1 would be fine). Rapped with single 70m no problem. The last 2 pitches are worth doing once - fun movement on hollow flakes, certainly not mega classic but entertaining enough. Highly recommend the crux pitch extension if you still have a few draws left at the top of the 11c...not only a fun pumpy linkup but you get to skip a hanging belay!
Dec 11, 2009

With a 70, you can link 3&4 5&6 8&9. GREAT LINKUPS!!!!!!!!!!!

PS. The walk off is a must, not bad at all, takes about the same amount of time a rapping (maybe just a little longer).
By Daniel Trugman
From: La Jolla, CA
Jan 1, 2010
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a

Awesome route on an awesome wall. No one else in the canyon the whole day, but we were greeted by two bighorn sheep on approach! Walk off was fun but a bit icy this time of year. I would rate the pitches as follows (and by the way, I would say grade IV if you top out, but no one asked me...):

1: 5.10c. Fun but tricky.
2: 5.11a. Tricky stemming to a great jug crux.
3: 5.8. Very fun for the grade.
4: 5.10a. Cool edging.
5: 5.11c. Outstanding face and crack climbing; the money pitch.
6: 5.10d. Technical edging leads to easier crack climbing.
7: 5.11a. A sustained and pumpy pitch. Great climbing but soft rock.
8: 5.10a. Crux move off the belay to 5.9 slabbing on soft rock.
9: 5.8/5.9. Soft rock, not great but you're almost at the top!
10: 5.5. Easy, link this with 9.
By Monica Jones
From: Bishop, CA
Apr 4, 2010

Onsighted the first 11a, 10b, and linked the last two pitches (bad rope drag). Rapped the route, the walk off looked and sounded nightmarish. We bivied a half hour from the route the night before and got the route done with by 1pm. Beautiful route.
By Kirk L
From: Fort Collins, CO
Oct 16, 2010

Is it possible to safely lead the crack sections on gear? hows the rock quality?
By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
Oct 17, 2010
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a

Sure- the rock quality is better than most routes in red rock- but while I'd say the route has a fair number of bolts that protect a crack, it's not an overwhelming number. The route is what it is, and the fact that you can hike up there with 6 cams and 18 draws and fire that route casually is pretty nice.
By Alex Shainman
Nov 22, 2010

Great memories of this route! Did it once with Raleigh Collins (RIP) in 1996. After a late drive from his hang in JTree, we crashed at a lady friend of his' house in Vegas. The plan was to get up super early and hike in to do a couple routes including L29. While I slept, Raleigh and said lady friend partied it up with lots of alcohol and some funny stuff and much crazy sexual exploits which I learned about later...Anyways, my alarm woke me up to the low hum of some music from the bedroom. I banged on the door and after a "Yo dude!!!" or two, RC comes to the doorway looking like, haha, well he looked like he had quite the evening! After half sleeping in the car and excitedly telling me some details of the night, we got to the trailhead. Part way up the hike, Raleigh hurls and painfully continues for a few minutes. At this point, I don't feel sorry for him but I do ask if we should continue. Anyone who knew him would know his pride. We continued to the base and after he puked again, we started up the route. I led every pitch and he followed clean. It's not a particularly difficult route but in his condition, that's like a different situation. I remember him really trying to hold back another hurl-episode while I was leading...lots of muffled coughing until I got to an anchor up high...then he released more bile in a convulsion of sorts-Yikes! We topped out, gave a high-five and proceeded on the descent. I told him that even though we were only doing one route, unlike we had planned, I was still psyched and proud of him for trooping up there and keeping it together. Raleigh was a proud man, in my eyes. Even though I did know of some of his personal troubles, I never knew what really ate away at his core. It really rocked me when I heard of his death in 2006, which appeared to be suicide. Raleigh was a great friend to me, I still miss him!
By J.B.
Apr 22, 2011

For those of you who haven't read this:
By Pitty
From: Marbach
Apr 27, 2011

Great, really superb! One of the best!
We were afraid by reading the expected times for climbing and aproach but did it in 7 hours, car to car in the end.
By Mark SLC
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Jul 25, 2011

Deserves every bit of the hype it gets. Pitch after pitch of amazing climbing, great exposure and a remote feeling. We walked off and found it extremely straightforward - the last 5.9 pitch was a little gritty but still good fun. Views were awesome. If you commit to the approach finish the route and walk off it's worth it.
By Rob DeZonia
Sep 4, 2011

This was one of my first roped climbs in Red Rocks. I remember being really disapointed. We had just done a trip to the Black Canyon and I was expecting a little bit more of an adventure. The first pitch was great. The rest seemed mediocre. This is a feel good route and great for someone new to 5.11. I climbed aross some really sandy 5.10 that I didn't expect on an ultra classic. I think you can clip three bolts from one stance next to a fist sized crack on the crux pitch. I've never gotten over that first impression.
My friends think I'm crazy for not liking it. After climbing a couple routes in Red Rocks, I can look back and remember a good route.
By Grant Gerhard
From: Denver, CO
Oct 11, 2011

At what grade should a trad leader be confident at to do this climb? Are the 10c moves on the first pitch protected by gear or the 4 or so bolts? thanks
By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
Oct 11, 2011
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a

You'll want to be a solid 5.10 trad leader, especially for the first two pitches. I remember everything hard is protected well by bolts (except the second pitch for some reason- still protects well, and the bolts are there for the crux).

That said, don't underestimate this climb- its well bolted, but its also solid 5.11 climbing. I had an easier time on the Rainbow Wall 5.11 pitches than I did on the crux of this beast.
By Josh Janes
General Admin
Nov 29, 2011

Beta for solid climbers:

Bring a lot of draws/slings (15-18), green through orange Aliens, no wires, and a 70m rope. With this rack, you'll have to be careful on the first pitch, and you'll have to run out the third 5.8 pitch significantly, but neither are unreasonable. After P3 you need no more trad gear.

Link 1 & 2 (awesome mega-pitch)
Link 3 & 4 with 5-10' simulclimbing
Link 5 (crux) & 6 to avoid a hanging belay
Link 7 & 8
Link 9 & 10 to the top

Skip bolts, back clean, and use runners well to avoid rope drag on all these linkups.

The rap down P4 is very tight... exercise exteme caution. All other raps are fine with a 70m.
By Garrett Bales
From: Lake City, CO
Feb 14, 2012
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a

Just further confirming you can rap with a single 70m rope, as stated P4 rap is very close
By Spencer Weiler
From: Salt Lake city
Feb 22, 2012

Fun climb. Enjoyed all the pitches except 7 as that soft white rock just isn't my favorite. Very insecure. However pitches 1 and 2 were some of my favorite red rock pitches I've done. Loved topping out. I personally didn't mind the tight bolt spacing of pitch 5 as I am a certified wimp. Definitely more of a sport climb than trad climb, but almost every pitch requires at least one gear placement. I brought the #2 but no #3 camalot and thought that was appropriate. It took us around 6.5 hours to climb all 9+ pitches of this sucker with no linkups. As for belay ledges(an enjoyable and important aspect of a climb for me), here is a brief synopsis:
pitch 1-semi decent slanting scoop flake ledge thing, can stand on it unsupported
2-borderline crappy, a small ledge
3-2nd best of route, ok ledge
4-hanging belay on slab, not cool
5-full on hanging belay, sucky!
6-best of climb, small, but you can actually sit down!
7-eh, not so good but ok. small but adequate
8-pretty good, hanging on moderate slab, better than 4
9-if rappeling, anchor spot not good, if walking down link to top tree, lie down on top with gear sprawled across time and space
By FCJohn
From: Fort Collins, CO
Apr 4, 2012
rating: 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a

We parked at the old Oak Creek Campground, took the creek to the pine trees, then directly up the slabs. Took us about 3 hours. We took a few wrong turns at various forks in the trail coming from the road which caused us to zig zag back and forth through the wash. I figured that we could have shaved off at least 30 minutes if we parked on the loop road and knew the trail. The route had fantastic position, but honestly didn't live up to the hype. Pitch 2 was fun movement, but chossy.... Happy with a rack of cams .3,.4,.5,.75, #1, #2 & a few stoppers....
By Muff
Apr 9, 2012

Fun route. Super long approach that is easy to make longer than necessary if you delineate from the path. It's a pretty linear approach and impossible not to spot the wall but it is very possible to find yourself zig zagging from one side of the wash to the other. From what I have gathered from many other parties the best way to approach is to go the long way up the 3rd class approach. You definitely do not want to get caught doing the 4th class approach in the dark.

What surprised me about this route was the poor quality of rock on pitch 2. Super fun movement but pitch 2 might not exist in a few years. Exercise caution at the crux and DO NOT touch that hanging fang. It's apparent that people have been using it for feet and maybe a hand but that thing will rip if you were to give it a nice kick. Sorry for the beta spoiler but throw a heel hook on the jug below it to avoid the fang. Don't kill your belayer and the 10 parties that are probably waiting below you.
By pspoutz Spoutz
From: Livonia, MI
May 25, 2012

70 meter rope worked great for us for 4th pitch rappel. Extending rappel device helped make it work smoothly.
By Nick Schlichtman
From: Golden, CO
Sep 28, 2012

Can you rap this route if you top out? Or is it easier at this point to just hike the descent?
By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
Sep 28, 2012
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a

Its probably a toss-up between descending via the Chicken Lips descent (see that info on the Upper Painted Bowl page) and rappelling the route. You can get back to the last anchor, but its kind of exposed 4th class to do so. My partner topped out to check the view while I waited at the last anchor (I had been to the summit before) and then I belayed him back and we rapped down.

The last bolted anchor is at the top of the technical climbing- to top out, you 4th class up about 100'-150' to the top of the wall and walk off.
By Joe Stern
From: Moab, Utah
Apr 3, 2013
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a

As noted by DisturbingThePeace, pitch 7 now has 16 good bolts (plus one vintage). Sure, you can skip a couple or back-clean, but the rock on this pitch is so-so and the pitch is kind of pumpy. So, maybe you want 13 draws, or 16, or 18, or some other random number of your choosing (depending on how far you're going, whether you're linking pitches, and if you're skipping/back-cleaning bolts).

Carried 4 med-large stoppers and a set of camalots #.3 to 1, which is exactly what I'll take next time, too. Fun climbing in an awesome it!

By steple Pleines
May 2, 2013

Pitches 5 and especially 7 are stellar, but what makes the route a Favorite in my opinion is the variability of the climbing (from fingers to fists, from balancy, delicate face to overhanging jugs) paired with the consistently high quality. Thanks Lynn.
By Nelson Day
From: Joshua Tree, CA
May 10, 2013
rating: 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c

Don't let the approach scare you too much. We parked at the Oak Creek pullout on the loop and hiked in. We took a couple breaks and hiked casually, and got to the base of the climb in 2 1/2 hours. Approach beta we used: pretty much just follow the trail until it breaks down into the wash (don't go into the wash too early), head up the wash until you see two really large pine trees, and head up following cairns directly right of the large pine tree on the right. There are several pretty slick areas where you traverse across slab in the wash as the canyon narrows, but the traverses aren't too bad if you are careful. The traverses aren't exposed, just really slippery. There really isn't a reason to bivy at the base of the route. Pack light and just hike the approach the day of your climb. I took 4 liters of water and was dry just before we got back to the car.

We were back at the car 12 hours from the time we left it with plenty of daylight left, following the same route on the way out as the approach in. And I hiked out with a sprained ankle. I sprained it at the base of the climb looking up at the first pitch and not paying attention to the trail! Ugh... Still managed to lead pitches 2, 5, 6 & 7. My foot started to really swell up badly on the rappel. Hobbling out was the hardest part of the day for me. The pitch 7 crux is short, but the rest of the pitch is extremely sustained .10+ climbing. Get ready for the pump! The pitches are all pretty short, and go quickly as long as you don't dog up them.

The hanging belays sucked on the rap. We used a single 70m and just made the before mentioned rap with very little rope to spare. I would take twins next time I do this just to shorten the number of rappels. Or a 60m with a tag line.
By Phil Esra
Jan 21, 2014

I guess the fist crack bulge is the tech crux of p5, but it's not an 11c move--it's just a steep enduro pitch. I fell a few bolts higher, as did the leader behind me. P2 is the highlight in my opinion, and the p2 crux may be the hardest move on the route. A little reachy. Gear wise it all depends on how you feel about running out easy face climbing on "pretty good" sandstone edges and plates. #.3-#2 C4's and 3-4 med to large nuts is conservative. If you bring a #2 it is worth taking with you on p4 before the first bolt--after that it's all bolts, plus one optional medium nut near the top of p5. There's a fixed red offset nut here as of 1/18/14.
By DCSwish23
From: Maine/Spain
Mar 4, 2014

HELP! I know this is a long shot, but I lost a yellow Millet Jacket on 2/25. If anyone found it PLEASE let me know. Good will and beer can come your way.

As for the route, I thought the p5 crux was way harder than the p2 crux, but maybe that's because I'm a stronger sport climber. I thought P2 was pretty easy. Most of the climb in general I thought was fairly easy climbing with occasional hard moves. I thought the rest of P5 was pretty easy, though it did have one techy spot after the fist (or crimp) move at the beginning of it. I would highly suggest a super light rack. Most of the gear sections are easy and can just be run out.
By Matt Callender
From: Pasadena CA
Mar 18, 2014

1) Hey DCSwish, I found your jacket! I sent you a message on here.
2) I'll go ahead and just echo DCSwish's comments (above) on the route. His assessment of pitch difficulty and required rack are spot on. An excellent route for sure!!
By TSpiegelberg
From: Sheridan, Wyoming
Apr 2, 2014

Levitation 29 is the best long route I have ever done!
-We did the short slab approach heading up them right after the wash split. Wasn't too bad on the way up but we went down some easier slabs near the massive trees.
-Pitch 5 is burly, the crimps after the crux are sustained!
-Dont underestimate Pitch 7, the climbing is super different than the rest of the route.
-Pitch 2 is great, super fun moves!
-Go do it!!
By Kevin Dahlstrom
From: Fort Worth, TX
May 22, 2015

I added some new beta for the "fast approach" to the Eagle Wall page. This approach is much faster and less strenuous - save your energy for the route! It took me 90 minutes from the car to the base of L29 and I wasn't pushing it.
By Will Wright
From: Phoenix
Dec 4, 2015
rating: 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

You can rap pitches 7,6, and 5 with two 70 m ropes. Knot the ends and stay to your right.
By Gary Owen
Mar 23, 2016

Climbed this last week and wanted to comment on the approaches. All 3 Handren options are very evident. The first looked like easy climbing (but still climbing) to slabs, so we walked on. We hiked up the 2nd Handren option to drop some gear, and I was terrified. The slabs are very exposed and a no fall zone. Sticky approach shoes recommended! I was more than relieved when a couple at the base showed us the 3rd, "long and slow" option for our ascent the next day. YMMV. Maybe you feel comfortable traversing exposed, exfoliating slabs high above a valley or even climbing up the "fast approach," but I could not recommend those in good faith. Hiking to the 2 GIANT trees is the only option I would take & recommend.
By Dan Ressler
Apr 22, 2016

Long winded trip report here.
By almostrad
From: Lake Tahoe
May 3, 2016

Really fun route, I just wish it wasn't so littered with bolts.

You can literally Z-Clip on this thing.

With that said, the climbing is so varied it feels like 3 routes in one.

No small wires needed IMO.
For people climbing at the grade, a light rack down to .3 should be plenty.
By Derek Field
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Nov 14, 2016
rating: 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c

Graceful, challenging movements on a highly improbable line. The rock is so good, it feels like granite on the lower pitches. But why so many bolts?? I don't understand how it was decided to install those bolts that are literally right next to perfect cracks!! IMO this "manufactured" aspect automatically erases its candidacy for best climb in the world, or RR for that matter. Would love to see somebody send it on all-natural pro someday.

P1: This one caught me off guard. Tricky and tenuous with plenty of spice. Careful clipping the first bolt, its pretty high off the deck with no gear below. (5.10+)
P2: Amazing!! You won't believe the roof pull until you're right there underneath it, underclinging on the most heroic jugs you've ever seen. The excitement factor is somewhat stifled by excessive bolts, but this allows leaders who aren't solid at the grade to give it a few safe burns. (5.11-)
P3: Steep face climbing on perfect flakes. Protects very well throughout; not even close to R-rated. (5.8)
P4: Cruxy bolted face off the belay followed by a cruiser crack. (5.9)
P5: Pulling the initial bulge on a single fist jam is the most challenging move on the entire wall, especially if you're running out of energy. Above this, the climbing remains technical and sustained at the 5.11- grade. Good thing it's practically a bolt ladder! (5.11)
P6: Continued techy climbing. Not quite as difficult as the previous pitch, but no gimme either. (5.10+)
P7: A transition into sandier rock gives this pitch a unique character. Better hope you've got lots of energy left in the tank for the pumpy upper half! Feels wild and insecure at the top. (5.10+)
P8: Don't skip out on this pitch! It's a nice dose of high-exposure face climbing. Crux is the sporty mantle right off the belay, and then it eases off considerably. (5.10-)
P9: Continues easing off toward the summit. (5.7)

Rappel: Can be done with a single 70m rope if you attach a pull-cord for the P4 rap.
By Raddam6
Nov 27, 2016
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a

We arrived at the route at 12:30 on a Saturday expecting to jump on P1 with all the other parties up high. Instead there were 10 people on pitch 2-5, all appearing to be help up by the "showstopper" party who had arrived to the wall at 6:00 am. Please do not do this route unless every member of your party is actually capable of climbing 5.11, and of completing a single rappel in under 1 hour. The traffic jam of unprepared N00Bs is unforgivable.
By Christian Mason
From: Westminster CO
Nov 29, 2016
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a

The route deserves the hype it gets.
I think every pitch (of the 6 we did) would've been 3 or 4 stars as a stand alone crag at most crags.

If you want to be first in line (Which I'd highly suggest) I'd park outside the loop, and walk the extra mile rather than wait for the gate to open.

We were in line when the gate opened and did the approach in just over 2 hours, and still had 2 groups of 3 in front of us.

It's a trade route on a holiday though. If you expect solitude I'd suggest climbing elsewhere.

Also see the approach beta described in the section for Eagle Wall.

And yes, I'd call this III or III+
By David Bruneau
From: St. John
Nov 29, 2016

For a lightweight day on Lev. 29 (up to the top of P9): We found that 3 cams (.4, .5 and.75 X4) plus a set of DMM offset nuts was an adequate rack. We are by no means bold climbers and nearing our limits on the crux pitches. We didn't place any gear above P4 either, though off the belay on P5 it may be nice to have a .4 or .5 cam. 16 draws seemed to work with only p6 and 7 linked (backcleaning when convenient). Also we brought a slightly shortened 70m and made the P4 rap with a 10m cordalette as a pullcord and a biner block.
By Majestic Burro
Jan 13, 2017

If anyone found a Krieg chalk bag with spiderman on it at the pine tree before shooting up the slabs, I would love to have it back. Thanks...
By Bly Rougier
Mar 28, 2017

Can this route be done completely without pro, or is it imperative that you bring nuts/cams?
By Aaron Glasenapp
From: Denver, CO
Mar 29, 2017

RE: Climbing levitation without pro. I can only speak for the first 5 pitches, which we did last week, but from reading other comments, I gather that P6-9 are all thoroughly bolted.

I think P1-5 could be done without gear by a very competent, cool headed 5.11 leader. Definitely would be at least an R rating though.
P1: 4(ish) bolts for ~100 feet. Some 5.10 moves above bolts. PG-13 (maybe R).
P2: An awkward move off the belay , then maybe a 20 foot runout, then fully bolted to the next anchor. PG-13.
P3: ~100+ feet of 5.8 with 2 bolts. A no-fall lead if you're only using the bolts, but the harder moves are near the bolts. R
P4: 20 foot runout start, then pretty well bolted face climbing, then another runout crack to the top. PG-13
P5: Bolts galore (except the first 15 feet).

IMO, it would not be as fun if you treated it as a sport route. Might at well bring a small rack. We took a single rack to a #3 camelot and definitely had enough. You could slim it down depending on how comfortable you are on 5.8 - 5.10. The #3 was nice, but not mandatory.
By Mike Brumbaugh
Mar 30, 2017

No problem rapping P4 (and everything else) with a 70m. No need for a pull cord or extended belay device.

Take 5 cams (.3-#1 camalot) and 15 draws and have fun. Yes, the approach and descent stinks but it is what it is. At least the packs are light.
Great route
By Raddam6
Apr 2, 2017
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a

I placed the grey DMM alloy offset on P1 and P3 and the bolts protected everything else perfectly. Might have run out the 5.8 by 20 feet or so.
By Jeremy Kasmann
From: Denver, CO
Apr 12, 2017

Great route - p1, 2, and 5 stood out with really fun movement. It felt like grade III to us, definitely not V. We parked just outside the loop exit, used the modified wily climber beta, and descended the middle guidebook route (bit of 4th class). 9h c2c. If I did it again I would rap after p6, the rock on p7 turns to junk. .3-2 with four DMM alloy offsets was plenty of pro, 70m fine for the raps.

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