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Open Space Cowboy 

YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 85'
Original:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Mark Rolofson, Kirk Miller, June 8, 2003
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Kirk Miller on May 15, 2011

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Burly, thuggish 5.11 leads to the first crux. After pulling the tricky .12a undercling traverse, pull up onto a slab to rest up for the second .12a crux; thin, powerful moves lead to big holds to pull through the roof to the anchors.


This is right of Howdy Doody Time, left of Double Dominatrix.


12 bolts to chains.

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By Steve Annecone
From: boulder
Sep 30, 2012
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

Excellent route with a variety of interesting moves... nice, pumpy finish too!
By kevin murphy
From: Lafayette, Colorado
Oct 15, 2012

Is this really 12 a/b? Seems soft, as far as Shelf and Flatirons standards, mayby BC standards....
By Ben Walburn
Oct 15, 2012

Kevin, you're just a pulling down machine. Great route with some really fun climbing on the lower half and the pumpy finish.
By kevin murphy
From: Lafayette, Colorado
Oct 15, 2012

Well, I'll take that. Glad you guys had fun.
By Kirk Miller
From: Golden, CO
Oct 26, 2012

You're probably right, Kevin. 12a seems to be the going consensus. I'll go with that.
By kevin murphy
From: Lafayette, Colorado
Oct 27, 2012

Regardless, one of the best routes in the Front Range.
By Dwight Jugornot
From: Arvada, Co.
Dec 3, 2012
rating: 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a

Excellent route. Two 12 cruxes. I'm gonna say 12a/b for BoCan. Well protected, such a teacher!
By Curt MacNeill
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 20, 2013

Tricky route for the onsight.... Pretty cool engaging moves with a crux down low and one up high. Brilliant!
By Mark Rolofson
Jun 4, 2015
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

This was our first route on the crag & in Golden Gate. First ascent date was June 8, 2003. Always fun to repeat, but I keep cutting my left arm below 5th bolt unless I tape or wear a jacket.
By michalm
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 13, 2015
rating: 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a

This is a really fun route. The holds are all quite good, but the pump factor is high on this one. Fortunately, there is a really good rest before each crux to depump. The sequences are less than immediately obvious at first. There could be 2-3 fewer bolts without a detriment to safety. 5.9 moves don't need to be protected as closely as 11+ moves and being able to make a few moves before a clip makes for a more pleasant climbing experience.
By Brett S.
From: Colorado
Sep 7, 2015
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

Rad climb. My first time up at Golden Gate, and I must say, I am impressed. This crag has great ambiance, tucked in the forest on a hillside. Such a different vibe than the more urban setting of CCC and North Table. The bottom crux felt a bit harder than the upper crux. Very fun route. This would be a good entry into the .12a grade, there's a bolt about every 5 ft.!
By Phil Lauffen
From: The Bubble
Mar 6, 2017
rating: 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b

I'm surprised people call this soft. I think this is nearly as hard as Double Dominatrix. I'd like to see some 11+ beta.
By Pink Thunder
From: Lakewood
Aug 28, 2017

Sent this yesterday, after working the sequences last summer. Gotta say it's tons of fun. Anyone who can send Howdy Doody Time, the 11b next to it, should try this route. Good rests between the cruxes, and both sequences are really a blast.
By Jeff G.
From: Fort Collins
Sep 11, 2017
rating: 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b

Real hard for 12a. I don't get how people are down rating this one. Not at all a good intro to 5.12.

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