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Agony and Ecstasy, The S 
Central Insecurity S 
Ecstasy of the People S 
Eldo of the People S 
Enema of the People S 
Enemy of the People T 
Maximum Security  T 
Men Are From Mars T,S 
Prism T 
Scraping By T 
Security Risk T 


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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Dan Hare and Alan Bradley
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Submitted By: Orphaned on Apr 16, 2005

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  • Description 

    Lower Security Risk is the lower of the three Security Risk Buttresses. The route Prism is located on the same buttress as the climb Security Risk for which the crag is named. At the far north of the Security Risk buttress are located two big, left-facing dihedrals. The furthest north located dihedral is the route Scraping By, 10a. The arete just south of the dihedral is home to the 12 a/b route, Eldo Of The People. Prism climbs the big, left-facing dihedral just south of and right of Scraping By.

    The route begins off some large blocks at the very base of the dihedral. Climbing starts through a short section of large hanging blocks before entering the dihedral proper. The rock quality through this initial section is less than solid. Do not get discouraged as the rock quality improves quickly. Meduim-sized stoppers and cams can be placed here though placement is from an awkward stance. From this point upward on good rock, jam and stem up the remainder of the dihedral. Traverse left under the large roof and finish by turning the corner at the end on the very edge ofthe arete, above the routes Scraping By and Eldo of the People. A two bolt anchor will be found just above the end of the traverse.

    Rappel or continue on easy ground to the top. These anchors provide for easy top roping of the nearby routes.


    Protection is good. 1 set of medium size stoppers and and cams up to 4 inch. For additional protection take one extra 3 inch cam.Two bolt anchor, 60 m single rope rappel.

    Photos of Prism Slideshow Add Photo
    Rock Climbing Photo: Brian again.
    Brian again.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Last few moves.
    Last few moves.
    Rock Climbing Photo: A little less than halfway up.
    A little less than halfway up.
    Rock Climbing Photo: So nice to be standing on the big flake.
    So nice to be standing on the big flake.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Halfway up.
    Halfway up.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Cindy stemming around the rotten stuff.
    Cindy stemming around the rotten stuff.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Starting the wide section. Laybacking and occasion...
    Starting the wide section. Laybacking and occasion...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Entering the upper corner after some steep, funky ...
    Entering the upper corner after some steep, funky ...

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    By s.kimball
    Jan 13, 2010

    Definitely a sandbag at 5.9 and very scary, hanging blocks to start.
    By Mark Roth
    From: Boulder
    Jul 13, 2011

    Pretty fun if you can get through the loose stuff at the bottom. Big stems avoid most of the rotten rock.... Then a nice crack and better rock all the way to the anchor.
    Easy for old school 8+ but hard for a bolted 10. I guess the consensus is 5.9....
    By Jay Eggleston
    From: Denver
    Jul 14, 2011

    I don't think this is a sandbag for 5.9. Every hard move has a great rest following it. Big hexes work great to supplement cams on this one.
    By Kevin Neilson
    From: Boulder
    Aug 17, 2011

    The bottom of the route looks grungy, but I'd say the rock is solid and takes pretty good gear. I used Aliens at the bottom and bomber large cams at the top and got in a couple of nuts. I think 5.9 is a good rating, and I thought the pro was good. This route and Security Risk combine for a nice morning of trad, though one shouldn't leave without getting on at least one of the stellar sport routes.
    By Dougald MacDonald
    Apr 15, 2012

    Don't let the few feet of grunge at the bottom put you off. This is a fun and well protected route.

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