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YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 300'
Original:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
FA: Cleve McCarty & Ted Rouillard - 1957
Fixed Hardware: 1 Belay Pin, 2 Belay Bolts [details]
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Submitted By: Josh Janes on Sep 3, 2003

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    Recon is convoluted and weird, but the climbing is pretty good.

    Begin in a groove about 50' to the right of the big boulder. Don't climb the groove that begins at the immediate right edge of the boulder or the one that is 25' right of that one. Climb the next one over - the third groove.

    P1: Go up a nice dihedral to a roof of sorts and pull over the roof on big holds onto a face. Continue up this to the big ledge that transects the wall and traverse 50' back left to the bolted anchors on top of the first pitch of Calypso.

    P2: Do the second pitch of Calypso. Basically, step left from the bolted anchor and head up a very steep but well protected crack. Pull over onto easier, slabby climbing. Belay at a ledge and rotten band.

    P3: Take a few steps right from the belay and pull around an overlapping roof of sorts to the right. Head up nice rock for a ways and then meander up towards an obvious tree. Belay here or wander up poor quality rock to the top of the Wind Tower.


    Standard rack.

    Photos of Recon Slideshow Add Photo
    Rock Climbing Photo: Climber at first belay.
    Climber at first belay.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Somebody starting up P4 of Recon.
    Somebody starting up P4 of Recon.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Recon (5.6) 1st pitch.
    BETA PHOTO: Recon (5.6) 1st pitch.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Pitch 1 of Recon.
    Pitch 1 of Recon.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Kevin heads up pitch 3 of Recon.
    Kevin heads up pitch 3 of Recon.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Taking a second to enjoy the exposure.
    Taking a second to enjoy the exposure.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Jerry M. on Recon.
    Jerry M. on Recon.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Nick's first time outdoor climbing on Recon.
    Nick's first time outdoor climbing on Recon.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Nick's first time outdoor climbing on Recon.
    Nick's first time outdoor climbing on Recon.

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    By Helldorado
    From: Boulder, CO
    Feb 26, 2006

    The first pitch can be protected entirely with small and mid-sized stoppers. A good beginner warm-up.
    By Andrew May
    From: Westminster, CO
    Sep 22, 2006

    I don't think I placed a piece the entire third pitch....
    By Kyle Douglass
    From: Golden, Co
    Oct 18, 2007

    Did this third pitch by accident. Not a lot of places for gear, not a lot of need either. Watch out for loose rock at the top of the tower
    By Dean Cool
    From: Boulder, CO
    Sep 19, 2008

    This climb is easy but a great roof/crack to practice placing gear.
    By Rick Blair
    From: Denver
    Jun 5, 2009
    rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

    P1 was good but the rest was OK. 5.6 crux near beginning, rest is easier, 5.4ish. I headed straight up to the second pitch of the bomb, does recon have an official second pitch? I think I went to the top the wrong way. I went straight to the top after the anchors, I think you want to first head east to better rock then go up. The 3rd pitch I did had some run out climbing near the top on really rotten red rock, I had to check every hold, though it is easy climbing. If you are going to do the 3rd pitch, do not belay at the 2 bolt rap station but continue on above to the tree. From here you will have a nice flat belay spot and line of sight between the leader and belayer.
    By Tony T.
    From: Denver, CO
    Mar 17, 2010

    Why does the new guidebook by Steve Levin seem to negate everything posted on here about Recon?

    He gives it three stars, and lists it as six pitches.

    Any ideas?
    By Rich F.
    From: Colorado Springs, CO
    Jun 12, 2010
    rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

    I followed the line as described in Levin's guidebook. BTW, it's a fantastic guidebook and I highly recommend it. P1 is very easy -- not 5.6, but my wife loved it. P2 traverses left along an narrow, exposed class 3 ledge to the anchors of Calypso. P3 goes straight up, directly above the Calypso anchors, which requires a few solid 5.6 moves at the start -- best part of the climb in my opinion.
    By Robert Buswold
    From: Northglenn, CO
    Aug 11, 2011

    P1 was ok, but everything else just follows other lines up the tower. Not really anything new to people that have already climbed P2 of Calypso and beyond. Pretty much a "one-move-wonder." Fun on the dihedral, but after that you're done. Might as well just do Calypso. It's 5.6 and a little more fun in my opinion.
    By Curtis Summers
    From: Fort Worth Texas
    Jan 26, 2014

    This was way too easy, great for beginners looking to learn to place gear and not worry about the climbing.

    If you climb all the way to the top, you'll have to downclimb to rap anchors or hike out.

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