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Rainbow Bridge 

YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c

Type:  Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Original:  YDS: 5.10+ French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 20 British: E3 5b [details]
FA: Ed Webster
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Submitted By: Bryson Slothower on Jan 1, 2001

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  • Description 

    This is a good route on the North side of Gateway Rock. It ascends a wide crack that is also the start of Men At Work but continues up and left. The crack leads to a small pedestal where you can rest before starting the hard climbing. Traverse left across a series of potholes protected by drilled pins. After about 25', head straight up on thin face holds (crux) to a bolted anchor above. The pitch is 90'. Ric Geiman's book calls this route 10+, and it may have been when Ed Webster did the first ascent but it has become very slick at the crux and some of the holds have worn away making it very difficult for 5.10....


    8 or 9 draws and some large cams for the start.

    Photos of Rainbow Bridge Slideshow Add Photo
    Rock Climbing Photo: Climber: Sean Stellick. Photo: Dancesatmoonrise.
    Climber: Sean Stellick. Photo: Dancesatmoonrise.
    Rock Climbing Photo:
    Rock Climbing Photo: The potholes.
    The potholes.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Clean.
    Rock Climbing Photo: 5/8" x 6" glue-ins.
    5/8" x 6" glue-ins.

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    By gumbi
    Sep 24, 2003

    One of my favorite routes in The Garden although slick. After the first pitch, I usually go right to a 60ft aid traverse. Then either straight up over a small overhang or right on some very loose rock to a 5.6 last pitch. A beautiful route to enjoy as the sun sets!
    By Matt Juth
    From: Evergreen
    Apr 28, 2004

    Agree. It is difficult for 5.10. The potholes are the neatest part of the route.
    By Dan Swann
    Sep 25, 2008

    GREAT climb, crux crimp gets smaller and smaller ...I think .10d now.
    By dancesatmoonrise
    Oct 31, 2012
    rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

    One of the pins above the potholes fell out this past June. We climbed it in May, it was there. In July, it was gone. It is still leadable without it, but it would sure would be safer if the missing one were replaced - along with the half-out ringed piton that starts the potholes traverse.

    Along with T-Ex and Anaconda, one of the best routes in the Garden.
    By Jordan Hirro
    From: Colorado Springs/Carbondale
    Nov 10, 2012

    New favorite line in the Garden... but yeah, after discussing with other climbers, I think it's safe to say it's now in the 11a range. Whatever that's worth - do it.
    By dancesatmoonrise
    Nov 18, 2012
    rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

    Rolofson calls it 5.11- (Hubbel & Rolofson, 1988, p 236.)
    By matt bruton
    From: Colorado Springs, Colorado
    Dec 1, 2013
    rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

    Hands down my favorite route in The Garden.
    By Adam Block
    From: Colorado Springs, CO
    Dec 6, 2016
    rating: 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c

    For the sport climbers dying to get on this, the first 25' crack is about 5.7 hands/fists; so either solo to the first pin or protect with BD #2s-#4s or some bigger hexes. Extend the living shit out of these though, along with the first two pins, to avoid heinous rope drag. The second pin is placed so that any whip would snap your biner from cross-loading over a blunt edge. Bring a shoulder length Dyneema to thread the pin if you really need to protect those easy moves. 11a feels right if you have no sandy holds and have the top wired.

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