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Pink Torpedo 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport, 2 pitches
Original:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Mike Howard & Bob D'Antonio, (Stewart Green?)
Season: Gets a lot of sun!
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Submitted By: Matt Strauser on Dec 23, 2010

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Dave cranking his way up Pink Torpedo.


P1. The start is overhung but juggy through some really neat rock. It is a lot different than most of the stuff at Shelf. After passing the pink rock, continue up the vertical face with small ledges.

P2. You can continue after the anchors past 2 more bolts to another set of anchors (5.11). The crux is down low, but it doesn't let up much after that.

This is a very fun route!


This route is on the Piggy Bank Wall. SLIM is to the right and Flesh Tuxedo is to the left.


Five bolts (6?) to the first set of anchors.

Pitch 2: ?

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By Matt Strauser
From: Ft. Collins, CO
Dec 23, 2010

Love this route. If you know who put it up, please let me know.
By Derek Lawrence
From: Bailey
Dec 24, 2010
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

I believe this is a Bob D. and Mike Howard route (put in last spring...).
By mountainmicah83
From: Colorado Springs
Feb 14, 2011
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

5.8 no way. I tried to finish on this route a few weeks ago after being blown out tired, and I thought I was told it was an 8 and after falling a bunch, I now realize why. It's a 10a. Nonetheless, I led it clean, no problem, first route of the day yesterday. I would say it goes maybe at around 9. The bottom makes it look harder than it is.
By mountainmicah83
From: Colorado Springs
Feb 14, 2011
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

This route is more than 5 bolts. I think it is at least 6. I carry 6 on each side and remember running out on my left side.
By chinos
Feb 25, 2011

A bit sandy down low but very enjoyable climbing all the way to the anchor.
By Mike Howard
Nov 12, 2011
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

"The bigger the cushion, the sweeter the pushin'
That's what I said
The looser the waistband, the deeper the quicksand
Or so I have read
My baby fits me like a flesh tuxedo
I'd like to sink her with my pink torpedo
Big bottom, big bottom
Talk about bum cakes, my girl's got 'em" Spinal Tap

FA Mike Howard, Bob D.
9+, 11b.
By Jordan Hirro
From: Colorado Springs/Carbondale
Oct 6, 2013

Super classic, must do. Hidden jugs everywhere, definitely still .9.
By Brian Lanzy
From: Boulder, Colorado
Oct 5, 2015

CAREFUL when damp. We got on Flesh Tuxedo (and Pink Torpedo to the right) after a damp night/misty morning. The bottom, dark, oxidized section of these two routes were sweating and felt very, very oily. Pink Torpedo was scary, but we got through it. Waited 4 hours to get on Flesh Tuxedo, but it was still slick, but the lower holds were so huge I decided to keep going. I peeled off of the giant hand-hold at the second bolt while clipping and decked with rope-stretch (bruised heel and slight sprain - no serious injury). Please note that this was well-within my abilities and should have been a pretty routine onsight; I fell off of the section which is maybe 5.10a. Be careful when wet!
By aikibujin
From: Castle Rock, CO
Feb 8, 2016

The extension to the upper anchor is really just a one move wonder at 5.11b, an easy candidate for an 11b onsight. However, the crux was probably clipping the bolt above the small roof (1st bolt above the lower anchor). It was very reachy to clip, and blowing that clip will very likely land you on the ledge for the lower anchor. That definitely adds some stress to the onsight attempt. I'm 5'7" with +0 ape index, and I could not reach the bolt without pulling some really sketchy moves on small crimps and bad feet. Once you get the bolt clipped and not looking at a ledge fall, the rest of the extension was actually pretty straightforward.
By Joel Allen
From: La Crosse, WI
Mar 27, 2017

I stopped at the first set of anchors, but I found this to be a fun, well-protected, 5.9. Definitely worth doing!

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