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Off Line 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 45'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
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Submitted By: Friso Schlottau on Feb 22, 2001

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BETA PHOTO: Off Line. Tricky for a 5.8, with several inobviou...


This is a very straightforward line up the blunt arete (#46 in picture). Note, this cliff gets sun till very late, it is great for warmer winter days.


Plenty of bolts, (probably 6 or so) leading to a 2 bolt anchor with double quicklinks.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Getting into Off Line.
Getting into Off Line.
Rock Climbing Photo: Mike O'Connell on Off Line.
Mike O'Connell on Off Line.

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By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 4, 2004

4 bolts. It would be bad to fall before clipping the first bolt, and you might crater if you fell off before the second bolt. I wouldn't suggest this as a good "first lead".
By Michael J Yarros
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Oct 6, 2004
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Nice lead, somewhat commiting. Holds are solid.
By Ken Trout
From: Golden, CO
Dec 21, 2007

Winch hooks placed 12/21/07.
By Randy Carmichael
From: Boulder, CO
Apr 8, 2009

A great variation is to stay off of the arete and just use the cracks. Fun jams!
By Tom Shelly
Aug 9, 2009

Climbed this today (8-8-09), and it is a fun 8. The crux is right at the first bolt though it is clipable without conquering the move. Work on mostly positive holds to the middle of the arete or work the crack to the left side for good jams. Either variation was fun. Nice ledge at the anchors to set up or rap off. This route gets hot in the sunlight....

Side note: The winch hooks Ken placed are not there. The anchors are double cold shuts to rap off from.
By Tony T.
From: Denver, CO
Nov 1, 2012
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

Pretty committing in the sense that it's not grid-bolted. The bolts are about 7-10 feet apart. I actually would have liked to place a few pieces of pro while I had to rescue lead it for someone who got a little gripped and had to back down. Fun route though! I just wouldn't recommend it for the leader lacking confidence or a new leader.
By plantmandan
From: Brighton, CO
Dec 11, 2016
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

I agree with the previous comments, fun route but not a good choice for new leaders. I found the second clip in particular to be awkward, and a fall from there would be hazardous.
By David Ponak
From: Longmont, Colorado
Jan 23, 2017

Placed a few cams to make it less run out, felt like it deserves at least a +.- Probably could be led pretty safely just with gear.
By Caleb Gruber
From: Denver, CO
Jun 28, 2017
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

What seems like great hand holds between the 1st and second bolt are actually a bit slabby and seem to have been smoothed quite a bit, possibly from frequent climbing. Had a hard time keeping grip, and very difficult/awkward clipping the 2nd bolt...fell several times, but I am also a pretty new leader. I have lead 5.9s that felt easier than this. Was good practice but overall found this route unnecessarily awkward. Not interested in climbing it again soon.

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