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Pro Life 

YDS: 5.12b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6b

Type:  Trad, 4 pitches, 400'
Original:  YDS: 5.12b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6b [details]
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Submitted By: Josh Janes on Nov 25, 2013

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RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. MORE INFO >>>


Pro Life is a great pitch of thin face climbing on some of the most bullet-proof varnish Red Rocks has to offer. Well protected and excellent. Done on it's own, probably 2 stars (as is Pro Choice), but when combined with that route the outing is a 3 star day. Pro Life is definitely the better of the two lines.

P1-3: Begin with the first 2-3 pitches (depending on how you pitch it out) of Pro Choice (see that route's description).

P4 (150', 5.12b): Start up Pro Choice's final pitch and climb through it's crux (5.11a), but where that route moves left into the easy corner, instead step right clipping a bolt to reach a stance at the base of the immaculate, blunt arete. Climb up this through two distinct, thin cruxes protected by three more bolts, ultimately continuing up, or just left of, an easier crack to a bolted anchor on a big ledge.

Pictured on the guidebook cover.


Single set to 1.5" is adequate. An 80 meter rope will allow you to rap back down to the Party Ledge, but I'm not sure if you could do the rest of the rappels anyway so may as well bring two ropes.

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By harrison t
From: Black Hills, SD
Dec 12, 2015

You can rap the whole thing with an 80. Rap slightly to the right from the top of the 2nd pitch, a bit of easy down climbing to the ground.
By Max Tepfer
From: Bend, OR
Mar 28, 2017
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

This rout is rad, but it's essentially a whole lot of (good) 5.7 climbing to short V4 boulder problem. (granted there's a 5.10 crux down low) Fun if you're up there anyway, but not sure I'd make a mission just for this pitch.

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