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Plankton Stew 

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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Original:  YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Harrison, Stuberg, Brooks
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Submitted By: pete cogan on May 31, 2003

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Above the crux.

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    The Petit Bastille, Rossiter: "This is the long, low ridge, just south of the old railroad cut/Fowler Trail, behind The Bastille." Stand in front of the Lori J. Biehler bench and look East at the Petit Bastille. From the highest point, you'll see 2 obvious lines, one on the left side and one on the right. The line on the left is Plankton Stew.

    Start in a right facing dihedral, climb right over the bulge or go right of it (crux), and then continue up the crack. The bulge was fun.

    This is a mossy, licheny, occasionally loose route -- very different feel than most of the routes I've done in Eldo. If you're wondering whether the weather is going to hold, or if you've just walked off the Bastille and feel like something different, check it out.

    Descent -- easy walk off East down the scree.


    Standard rack to #3 cam, mainly using smaller cams/TCUs. Bigger cams for the anchor.

    Photos of Plankton Stew Slideshow Add Photo
    Rock Climbing Photo: Approaching the crux roof.
    Approaching the crux roof.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Placing pro at the crux.
    Placing pro at the crux.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Plankton Stew right in the middle....
    Plankton Stew right in the middle....

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    By Carrie Simon
    Jul 26, 2011

    Bob and I climbed Plankton Stew, 5.8+, over the roof. The roof is harder than what it looks on the ground, and he placed good pro all the way up. There really wasn't an issue about loose rock. It was hot hot hot out on Sunday, and it was a nice little climb in the shade. Once the sun hit it, we headed for the boulders. Fun climb!
    By Tim Meehan
    From: Boulder, CO
    May 5, 2017
    rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

    This is a fun route, but beware sketchy rock. There is currently a backpack-sized rock below the bulge, ready to fall left into the belay zone. There are several hollow blocks and flakes beyond the bulge, so tread lightly.

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