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YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Trad, 6 pitches
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: George Hurley, Bob Culp, John Link, 1967
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Submitted By: Ben Mottinger on Jan 1, 2001

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    This is another excellent classic on Redgarden. Six pitches takes you to the summit of the Middle Buttress via Rebuffat's Arete. Start at the base of the West Chimney below the Middle Buttress about 15 feet left of an alcove.

    P1 is a steep start but only 5.6 up a nice crack (~110 feet). There are two cracks starting here. The thinner crack on the right is The Great Zot (8+) and is one of my favorite 5.8s in Eldo. ake your pick.

    P2. Climb an easy pitch up to the Red Ledge arcing left. Look for a large eyebolt.

    P3. Continue up the left-facing dihedral to a belay stance on the right (6).

    P4. This is the crux and most exciting pitch. From the belay, traverse the hand crack left, pull around the arete, and continue up the steep and exposed hand crack. Belay on a ledge to the left of where previously existed a large, detached block or the right. Caution: this block fell down; this 6 foot high piece of rock used to rock back and forth if you pulled on it!

    P5. Follow the crack to the R (5) or straight (8) up Rebuffat's Arete. The arete is recommended as it more spectacular. Belay at a tree in the large V on the left.

    P6. Find a clean, 5.5 crack to the summit. This is a great short pitch also with a nice view and bomber gear.

    Descent: downclimb a notch to the North back to the West side of Redgarden Wall. The notch is beyond several towers to the NW. If it doesn't look like easy 4th class, keep going.


    Good pro for the whole climb--standard rack up to 3" with plenty of 12-24" slings and wired stoppers. A 48" runner is also useful for slinging large rock horns.

    Photos of Rewritten Slideshow Add Photo
    Rock Climbing Photo: Gary P. on the traverse.
    Gary P. on the traverse.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Avery pulling hard at the end of P4.
    Avery pulling hard at the end of P4.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Clint racking up at the eyebolt at the Red Ledge b...
    Clint racking up at the eyebolt at the Red Ledge b...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Amazing arete to the summit
    Amazing arete to the summit
    Rock Climbing Photo: Greg Diamond on the superb 4th pitch of Rewritten.
    Greg Diamond on the superb 4th pitch of Rewritten.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Christa Cline on the beautiful fourth pitch crack.
    Christa Cline on the beautiful fourth pitch crack.
    Rock Climbing Photo: View from the top.
    View from the top.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Rewritten area.
    Rewritten area.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Topping out on R. Arete. 2/5/09. Could be YOU.
    Topping out on R. Arete. 2/5/09. Could be YOU.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Dwight on the 4th pitch traverse.
    Dwight on the 4th pitch traverse.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Kevin Presley leading the classic pitch 4 traverse...
    Kevin Presley leading the classic pitch 4 traverse...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Pitch 4 of Rewritten.
    Pitch 4 of Rewritten.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Abrahm after the P4 hand traverse (even more spicy...
    Abrahm after the P4 hand traverse (even more spicy...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Leading P4.
    Leading P4.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Midway through the P4 traverse looking down. Are w...
    Midway through the P4 traverse looking down. Are w...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Working up p4 on a cold and windy December day -- ...
    Working up p4 on a cold and windy December day -- ...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Brad Schildt on the 4th pitch.
    Brad Schildt on the 4th pitch.
    Rock Climbing Photo: The classic hand traverse.
    The classic hand traverse.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Kirsten Russell enjoying the hand traverse at the ...
    Kirsten Russell enjoying the hand traverse at the ...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Marga Powell jamming the final crack to the summit...
    Marga Powell jamming the final crack to the summit...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Unknown climber coming up Rebuffat's Arete.
    Unknown climber coming up Rebuffat's Arete.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Bonnie enjoying the climb on a beautiful spring da...
    Bonnie enjoying the climb on a beautiful spring da...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Christopher Perkins on Fourth pitch traverse of Re...
    Christopher Perkins on Fourth pitch traverse of Re...
    Rock Climbing Photo: We linked pitches via Great Zot with a 70m. This w...
    BETA PHOTO: We linked pitches via Great Zot with a 70m. This w...

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    By Warren Teissier
    Jan 1, 2001

    Warren Teissier - I found the first pitch to be rated correctly but tough to protect (marginal placements and sparse). The closer you get to the traverse into the crack the sparser the pro.
    By Ben Mottinger
    Founding Father
    Jan 1, 2001

    Did this again on 5-9-01 and guess who was climbing one pitch ahead of us? The one and only George Hurley himself! What an honor to climb with the FA on a classic route.

    I also forgot how much I love the 4th pitch. It doesn't get much better than that.
    By Patrick Vernon
    From: Estes Park, CO
    Jan 1, 2001

    Great route, but quite a bit of loose rock on it.
    By nolteboy
    From: Fort Collins, CO
    Jan 1, 2001

    Nolteboy - p.4 is one of the best 5.7s in Eldo.
    By George Bell
    From: Boulder, CO
    Jul 31, 2001

    At the top of p4, if you don't like the looks of the loose block, you can continue 20 ft up and belay on a nice ledge to the right of the arete. There is a good horn above the ledge to sling, and a nice crack at your feet. Fun route!
    By Darin Lang
    Jul 31, 2001

    In addition to the better belay spot, George's suggestion also has the added benefit of allowing you to combine the next two pitches as one with a 60m rope. Rope drag is not an issue as long as you either stay on Rebuffat's Arete (recommended anyway), or don't place any gear in the V-slot and pass the tree on the right.
    By Brice W
    Jul 31, 2001

    This is a great route. The hand traverse on the 4th pitch looks harder than it really is. I agree that the first pitch isn't one you can really sew up. I'll have to try out that alternate belay after the 4th pitch. I've always stopped at the large ledge about 10 feet up and left from the loose block. From there, continuing up the Arete, you can run the last two pitches together without too much rope drag.
    By Anonymous Coward
    Sep 25, 2001

    Be careful at the top of Pitch Two. The large eyebolt has some play in it in May 2001 and might not hold a significant load on the anchor unless it has been replaced.
    By Matt Robertson
    Sep 27, 2001

    The eyebolt is fine (9/01). A little rattle gives it character.

    This route has amazing exposure and steepness for the grade. On the upper Rebuffat's Arete (pitch 5), one should really stay on the arete to the pinnacle summit (the ten feet of 5.8 off the belay is easily avoided to the right if wanted); regaining the arete for the final 10-15 meters gives some fine exposure not unlike the top of the Yellow Spur or the Tiger Balm, steeper but it's only about 5.4. Avoid any temptation to go into the gully to the left - this detracts from the route, and the arete is all there, right to its bullet summit. Slinging (or rope-lassoing) the top of the spire provides a memorable and safe belay.

    Does anybody know the origin of the "Rebuffat's Arete" moniker? I don't believe Gaston ever came to Eldo.
    By Eric Peers
    Oct 22, 2001

    Did this route on 10/21/01. Lots of loose rock on p1. It freakin' sucked. Led 3/4 of the pitch and then let my partner do the rest. There's a runout section with crap pro beneath it (nasty fall) for about 15-20 ft. I would classify it as 2-3 moves of 5.9-5.10 "Dream Canyon sport climbing without a bolt". He climbed up it and the rock basically moved and a couple of pieces fell out. "shudder"

    P2 was much easier but still had loose rock. P3 was easy. P4 (crux pitch) was a super super nice lead. Hard, but the rock was solid and there was great pro up the hand crack. the traverse over to the crack was nice too. Only downside is your partner can't really see you when you're climbing the crack / at the belay station. Radios might be in order? You can hear him though.

    bring lots of smaller cams (#0.5 Camalots). I wish I had like 3 yellow Aliens on this climb. I also wish my partner didn't keep using the yellow Alien for his anchors. Use a freakin' nut on the anchor! :) There's a fixed friend in the middle of the crack. My partner spent about 10 minutes messing with it until he discovered it was in fact fixed. :) Serves ya right for using my yellow Alien on the anchor!

    P5 had super nice exposure on the arete. Totally sweet. P6 was a one move wonder followed by stitching up the rest of the crack. Extend the last #2 Camalot to lessen the rope drag.
    By Kreighton Bieger
    Oct 23, 2001

    Eric,...seriously, you must have been off route. The pro isn't too good, but the first pitch is fairly graded at no harder than 5.7, but anyone who likes good gear and better climbing should start with Great Zot.
    By Darin Lang
    Oct 23, 2001

    Or, if you don't like the first pitch of either Rewritten or the Great Zot (neither of which even approaches 5.10), an even better start is to climb the Green Spur. The Green Spur/Rewritten/Rebuffat's Arete linkup is a fantastic outing.
    By Leo Paik
    From: Westminster, Colorado
    Mar 7, 2002

    At least 1 person has died leading pitch 1. I led it once, I lead a bit harder than 5.7. I don't think I'll lead the first pitch again. A bit harder to the right but Great Zot is a much better choice unless you don't mind Red Rocks.
    By George Bell
    From: Boulder, CO
    Mar 7, 2002

    The first pitch is tricky to protect, but it does protect well if you are reasonably experienced at hunting out and making solid placements. People who are inexperienced with placing gear can get in trouble on this pitch, because the placements are tricky and can pull out if not done with care (i.e. using quick draws on wired stoppers). I do not know the details behind the fatal accident on this pitch, but I do not think that alone is a good reason for avoiding it (there has been an accident on nearly every popular climb at Eldo, I would think).

    It's also possible to traverse in the wrong place and make this pitch harder than 5.7. But the "5.7 start" is definitely quite a bit easier than the Great Zot start.
    By Dr. Dan
    From: Steamboat Springs, CO
    Apr 28, 2002

    Agreed this is a *** route. Doing the Great Zot start and keeping gear to a minimum it was possible to link P1 and P2 to the eye bolt. Even with that there was a lot of drag. Did P3 and P4 in the traditional manner to the base of Rebuffet's and again linked the last 2 pitches climbing the Arete, stepping across to the crack and to the summit. Using a supple 9.7 rope and a lot of slings it was very doable in 4 pitches and leaves you more time to play in the park.
    By Hayden Yurkanis
    May 22, 2002

    Small nuts are the key to making the first pitch work two to place right before the traverse
    By Legs Magillicutty
    From: Durango
    May 28, 2002

    Started the route on the Great Zot and met up with Rewritten after P1. The entire climb was excellent. The holds clear to the top were very consistent. It was interesting to see the second on the party before mine on P4 traverse with his feet as opposed to his hands. The exposure up there rocked. Wish I would have remembered to bring my camera!
    By Anonymous Coward
    May 30, 2002

    My buddy and I climbed it over Memorial Day weekend. Its a very cool route. The bolt at the end of pitch 2 is fine. You can back it up if you are worried. I think we got a little lost after the 4th pitch, we went up a gully with a couple of big trees but then found the 6th pitch to the summit. Amazing views and exposure.
    By Scott Thompson
    Jul 13, 2002

    Climbed this yesterday, what a phenominal route! Couple of things: we did the route in four pitches pretty easily and safely--had double 60M ropes, so it helped a lot--esp. on the first pitch.

    You can protect the first pitch just fine as George says. For the traverse, theres a good small nut at eye level, and I found a good #4 BD micro placement right at my feet (I traversed pretty low).

    The end of pitch two now has a double bolt anchor equipped with chains and a rap ring--looked very new as there was still rock dust all over. They're set about a foot above the eyebolt--I was pretty surprised to see this as the eyebolt is bomb-proof already!

    Also, I had to leave two nuts at the belay at the end of P3 (L facing corner and chimney pitch). My partner couldn't get them out. If anyone gets them and feels the need to have some good karma and return them, email me--#3 DMM and #4 BD, with yellow tape.
    By Casey Bernal
    From: Arvada, CO
    Jul 15, 2002
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    Hey Scott - was your partner the one who knocked down the rocks sometime around the 4th pitch? I was one on Yellow Spur and heard a female quietly shout 'rock!' and I watched nerviously as two football-sized rocks were headed toward someone on the first pitch. He (on the first pitch) didn't hear her but heard me shouting like crazy and ducked just as they flew by about 10-15 feet away from him. Everyone should be EXTREMELY CAREFUL OF LOOSE ROCKS because they are abundant on this route and all the rocks will be funneled down to the base. If you do knock a rock down SCREAM LOUDLY AND REPEATEDLY so if someone is below you are not responsible for their death. The large eyebolt is not bomber because if you check it it is loose and many people do not know to back it up. The cemented eyebolts should never wiggle in their holes because it is a sign of a) the cement is failing or b) the rock is failing. I am glad to see that they but some good bolts in.
    By Scott Thompson
    Jul 16, 2002

    Casey: yup, that was us. yeah, my partner's voice doesnt carry far at all. she was trying to extricate my nuts (and must have put her whole body into it) and knocked off a couple of blocks at that loose belay niche (end of P3). i heard you yelling, and i thought they came from folks rapping the dirty deed. i gave a good "ROCK" once i heard you (i didnt hear my partner yell anything) and then heard the crash. im glad you heard her; i was pretty scared because they sounded rather large, and i knew there was people racking up below. the loose stuff at eldo can be very scary and dangerous, and care is required nearly everywhere--i believe my friend was rather frustrated with the stuck pro, and let her guard down a little.
    By Joe Collins
    Jul 16, 2002

    Funny how Eldo is probably the one place where a helmet should be a complete necessity with chossy ledges traversing above almost every route (and people walking those ledges constantly). Funny how almost nobody wears one (myself included).
    By Ernie Port
    From: Boulder, Colorado
    Jul 16, 2002

    Climbed the route today and don't recall seeing anyone without a helmet on anywhere in the park. Of course if you don't like helmets, health insurance and a good term life policy are recommended for Redgarden wall climbing. As for the route, for me the crux on P4 is above the vertical hand crack. The first move off that high corner in that last 15' to the ledge was a high stretch with a few thin crimpers but not much else. As for the start of P4, the feet on the horizontal hand crack are there. Two of them, which I stemmed from one to the other without any problem. The vertical crack that follows, is a beauty, but not that difficult. Its all right there, and placements are solid. Amazed at the number of poorly placed pieces left behind on this classic.
    By Ernie Port
    From: Boulder, Colorado
    Jul 17, 2002

    On P5 climb the arete all the way to where you'll find a beautiful flake 4-5 feet below the point of the pinnacle on the west side of the very top section of rebuffet's. The exposure here is spectacular. Traverse to the flake, and use it (5) to get onto the north side and do a short, easy 10' down climb on this knife edge to a small alcove. Ben describes the final belay from a tree in the large V on the left, which I recall is a little farther down in the gully. I recommend avoiding that L bailout off the arete, continuing as described (only another 12' on the arete), and belaying from this upper alcove.
    By Drew Kurry
    Aug 18, 2002

    The first pitch of this route is difficult to find and those who are using the first pitch to get to Swanson's should be careful in route finding. In my climbing of the 1st pitch, I have ended up on Grandmother's Challenge 2nd pitch crux and the Great Zot crux (5.8+ move above the piton). The latter is a common mistake; however, the Grandmother's roof is quite a serious move and is probably considerably less uncommon. Just make sure after you start you look for the features mentioned in the books, website, etc. This is a great climb and well worth pursuing.

    Happy climbing :)
    By Rob Mullen
    Sep 16, 2002

    Climbed this route on Saturday in 4 pitches by combining 2, 3 and 5 ,6 without much rope drag at all.
    By James Balasalle
    Sep 22, 2002

    Did this climb this weekend, and last weekend. Haven't done much climbing in Eldo yet, but this climb is by far my favorite. The first time I climbed it we did the Great Zot start, and the second time we did the Rewritten start. I would have to agree with the other comments saying that the Great Zot is a much better start. It's harder but better protected. [The protection on the rewritten start ISN'T awful but] it's no way near as good as the Great Zot start.

    Also, on pitch 4 after doing the 5.8 variation we went up and left of the normal belay and headed up to a better ledge with a dead tree. From here we combined the next two pitches. Rope drag wouldn't be too bad if you didn't sling the horn at the top of the arete (like I did).

    Again this is a great climb with amazing exposure. While climbing the arete we saw Denver, it was pretty cool.
    By Carson Green
    Oct 7, 2002

    Found gear on Rewritten 10-5-022 small Aliens, a sling, and a locking carabiner were hung from a dead tree at the top of the 4th pitch. It bothered me to remove them as they were obviously placed, but it was getting dark and I could detect no one behind us on the route. If they were meant to stay I am sorry, but I could not think of a reason why they would have been, and I intended to try to find the owner. The Aliens each have an inscription, if they are yours, or you know whose they are, let me know the inscription and we can make arrangements for their return. Carson
    By Adam Hicks`
    Mar 16, 2003

    Browsing for some good, easy climbing I notice that many people are 'scared' of the traditional Rewritten start. I've climbed this start probably a dozen times and would definitely agree that the protection is sparse. However, I found the climbing [immensely]enjoyable as one never knows what is to come, and also easy routefinding. That said, I also agree that the start to The Great Zot is a better start. Many people, though, are scared away from this start because it goes at a 'hefty' .8+ (I think). I find this to be sort of an unfair grade, which is the reason I am posting this here. For those who would rather lead .6 than .8+ but find the Rewritten 1st pitch a tad spicy there is another option. The reason the crack up the middle of the wall classically known as the 1st pitch to The Great Zot goes at such a grade is because of the crux-one or two moves jamming the crack out of the nifty cave in the middle of the pitch. This crux is easily avoided by placing a red or orange alien slung long in the crux crack above the cave, and then by climbing left around the cave on remarkably gigantic jugs, running into the end of the traverse from the Rewritten start and joining up again with the easily protected Great Zot crack where a purple or orange alien safely guard one from an injurious or perilous fall. Quite simply put, it's too easy to even worry about, and so straightforward it would scare your mother into thinking she had done everything right in raising you. Of course, you and I know far better ;)

    happy climbing
    By Anonymous Coward
    Apr 7, 2003

    This route can easily be led in 3 pitches with a 60m rope by combining pitches 1+2, 3+4, 5+6 *if* you are very careful of ropedrag with runners and location of gear placements. For linking, it would be better to take the origional gully pitch on pitch 5. You might want doubles of gear if you are linking pitches.

    Gear: nuts (#0.4, stopper-med. hexes) cams (green Alien-#3 Camalot).
    By ac
    May 28, 2003

    Climbed rewritten for the first time in years and was a bit surprised at the number of stuck pieces up there. Be careful on the last pitch there is a number three trango flex cam jammed. This looks bomber but it's broken, one of the wires is ripped off the cam. Anyway, great climb...
    By Tonya Clement
    From: Boulder, CO
    May 30, 2003

    Oh my! I have done this route five times and yesterday was the first time I had done the Rebuffet's Arete. Previously I had climbed just to the left in the rotten band of trees - like an idiot! Don't miss this exciting section as it has some of the best views. I must say, I had a bit of difficulty getting off the arete and back on the wall for the final pitch. Perhaps I made this harder than it is.

    As for the first pitch, my partner Will led it and sewed it up. Like others have said, if you are good at placing gear, there are a lot of placements. It appeared there are two places to traverse right near the top of P1 to get the the Zot crack, both a high traverse and one about three feet lower. I am not sure which one is easiest.
    By Anonymous Coward
    Jun 9, 2003

    I did this route last week. I didn't realize that the route went to the left of the shallow cave so I ended up jamming up the cave which was fun. The belay station at the end of P3 is dangerous. I got hit in the head by a loose rock that fell about 50ft. straight into my helmet and then punched a hole though it. Just a minor injury but the moral of the story is to hide in the shallow cave as much as possible while belaying for P4.
    By Clint Locks
    From: Boulder
    Jul 2, 2003

    Hey, AC! Bummer, man! 'Way to wear your helmet, though! This concludes our lesson on "What to Expect On Your Climbing Day in Eldorado".

    The Zot start, together with the 4th pitch traverse and the airy last pitch make this climb one of my all-time favorites!!

    BTW-If you choose the Great Zot's P1 to start your Rewritten adventure, I wanna mention that the huge block you'd REALLY want to use below the roof is gonna pull right out soon. 'Careful. (AC, a helmet wouldn't help much if THAT thing came whizzin' down on ya!)

    Also, can anyone confirm that the eye bolt at the top of Pitch 2 has been replaced/added to? I heard a rumor...

    Finally-Tonya, Good to see your posting! I'm glad you've seen the light! The arete, as opposed to the bushwhack gully, is the way to go!!
    By Anonymous Coward
    Jul 14, 2003

    Comments on Rewritten's first pitch: Just do Great Zot start. Somewhat harder climbing, but good gear. As one commenter pointed out above, you can place gear in the crux offwidth section of Great Zot and then move out left and up, then back right to the crack above the offwidth on good holds if you need to. Yes, you can find quite a lot of pro on Rewritten's start, but in my opinon the rock quality was not adequate to trust that gear in a fall. Many of those flakes and blocks you are putting gear behind flex when you pull on them. I would not recommend the Rewritten start to any fledgling 5.7 leader. The upper pitches, however, protect well and offer beautiful and generally clean climbing.
    By Mike McKinnon
    From: Golden, CO
    Sep 2, 2003

    I climbed this route about a month ago and did the standard 5.6 start. P1. I thought this was easy and did not understand the other complaints. It is standard eldo climbing nothing big if you climb in eldo frequently. I had two ropes and it portected fine. I ran this first pitch all the way up to the red ledge.P2. A nice pitch up to the start of the traverse. P4. I stayed in the flake system (I think the book gives this a 5.8 rating). Felt around that and ended this pitch on a niceledge with a tree.P4 CLimbed the arete and stepped over to the face and finished. Great climb.
    By George Bell
    From: Boulder, CO
    Sep 2, 2003

    I led pitch 1 again recently, and I can see why it might be considered dangerous.First, the rock is not that solid. Worse, it is to some extent "booby trapped". There are a couple of really good stopper placements that upon close inspection are actually wedging against loose blocks on one side - hence completely worthless. You can get decent pro but not really every 6' (more like every 15'). Also, the best handholds appear fragile and about to snap off. More savvy climbers will use smaller but more solid appearing handholds. Also, if you go too high before doing the traverse it is harder than 5.7; if you do the traverse low it is probably not even 5.7, and you can sink multiple bomber cams once you get to the crack.

    Anyway, for Eldo veterans this pitch is nothing to worry about. However, I would not recommend this pitch to someone leading at their limit, and certainly not to someone learning trad leading. For such climbers it is actually much better to do the Great Zot start. Although harder, this has the advantage of better and more straightforward protection. Also I believe below the crux one can move left and then back right to bypass it.
    By Casey Bernal
    From: Arvada, CO
    Sep 29, 2003
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    ...With my 70m cord we had about 20' of rope left after combining the first two pitches; it is longer than 50m. The route can be done easily in 3 pitches with a 60m, but it might require a short simulclimb at the start.

    Rack: small and narrow cams (possibly doubles in green to orange Alien), singles in hand-sized cams up to #3 Friend, nuts from micro to 2.5".

    By Michael J Yarros
    From: Colorado Springs, CO
    Oct 1, 2003
    rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    I loved climbing this route. Nice views, great exposure. The 4th pitch was the best part of the overall climb. (Climbed it on 9/16/03).
    By Stich
    From: Colorado Springs, Colorado
    Oct 12, 2003

    I've heard attempts to clean the huge detatched refrigerator block above the 5.7 traverse pitch were made but failed. Any info about that available?
    By Richard Rossiter
    Nov 12, 2003

    I am responding to Matt Robertson's querry regarding the moniker, REBUFFAT'S ARETE. In 1968 Joe O'Laughlin and Steve Turner traversed left from the fifth pitch of the Great Zot and climbed the upper part of the arete. They belayed at the top of the pinnacle and called it a "Rebuffat summit." This was published as the TOWER VARIATION in Pat Ament's original High Over Boulder (1976) and included the conceptual term, a "Rebuffat summit."

    As it turns out, the real Gaston Rebuffat had been photographed straddled between some buttress and a narrow pinnacle in the Alps of Chamonix. I don't think he ever visited Eldorado Canyon.

    In 1978 I climbed the whole arete from the fourth pitch of Rewritten to its tiny summit with Tim Hogan and Linda Willing. When I published this outstanding variation in Boulder Climbs (1981) I called the pinnacle REBUFFAT'S ARETE.

    Well there you have it Matt: the history of REBUFFAT'S ARETE as best I know it.

    Have fun and be safe. Richard Rossiter
    By Stich
    From: Colorado Springs, Colorado
    Dec 21, 2003

    Just did this route for a second time yesterday. Even though pitch 4 is great, I have to say that Rebuffat's Arete is my favorite part. Looking over to the right all the way down that face is just spectacular. So if you were thinking of staying in the gully to the left because it was easy, move your butt right onto the arete. Mucho gusto.
    By Anonymous Coward
    Dec 23, 2003

    So, can anyone offer up an account of taking a lead whipper in the first 40 ft of P1 and not getting hurt?
    By Michael Kullman
    May 17, 2004

    Wow, 5.7 doesn't get much better than this - everything above p3 is solid gold. My buddy lead Green Spur as an alternate start, also an incredible route.
    By Anonymous Coward
    Jun 12, 2004

    I'm glad to see people mention the loose rock of Eldo. I've heard many people over the years say they came from out of state with the impression was Eldo was going to be all solid and the led them to occasional carelessness. We should all be adding helmets to our routines and be mindful of rock vigilance. As this is an ultra-intensive climbing-use area i am not opposed to a 'ledge chossing' day in this area. (here come the comments). I agree the ratings are correct but no one has mentiones the tricky (for this rating) little hand traverse on P1 not apparent in the photo. Also, this and Great Zot are the SAME crack for the top half of P1 though Boulder area climbers are very share-oriented. Thanx people - YOU are what brings me back to Eldo!
    By TBlom
    Sep 11, 2004

    I've led this line a couple of times and found that if you have a 60m rope, you can almost reach the Red Ledge and get a somewhat decent belay in some blocky munge. From here a short simul, or easy 3-4th class stretch brings you to the eye bolts. Take the third pitch as described. With long slings(really long) and thoughtful gear, and a 60m rope, you can link pitch 4 and 5 and just barely get to the top of the pillar (Rebuffat's Arete). From here a very short pitch with good pro goes to the summit. This seems pretty quick as it eliminates two belays (kind of) it ends up being 3 really long pitches, 1 short, and about 50 feet of ledge traversing on easy ground(my partner doesn't lead, and he was comfortable bringing us to the eye bolts, technically his first trad "lead").

    We tried the raps once, a bit to the north, got our ropes stuck because the slings/knot were above an edge. I had to climb back up the ropes, and then pull them, drop them to my partner below. Even after the knot was past the lip he still couldn't pull them. I then had to walk off while he rapped the rest. Lots of loose rock in the rap gully, which also pulled loose. We opted to walk off on a subsequent ascent (further north, look for slings for a shorter rap, or the downclimb is easy) This saves you from carrying two ropes and the walk off seemed faster than the raps.
    By TBlom
    Sep 11, 2004

    I guess we've always done the start from Great Zot instead of the real start. pretty cool jamcrack , just a few feet away to the right through a bulge.
    By Ben
    Sep 27, 2004

    On 9/23, Thursday, a biner with a few nuts fell well over 100' between Green Spur and Rewritten from the finger crack above the left angling traverse on the "4th" pitch(above Red Ledge). They didn't make it to the ground. I'm not looking to get them back but want to warn whomever finds them to use at your own risk. I'm not totally versed on the policy for using dropped nuts so am playing it safe. They took quite a fall.
    By Doug Lintz
    From: Kearney, NE
    Oct 28, 2004

    Does the 4th pitch normally end at the detached block? If it does end there could someone give me some gear beta for the anchor? I didn't find a whole lot there.

    The next ledge up (dead tree) seemed like a more appropriate ending for the pitch but I honestly didn't know where the route went upon reaching the block so I stopped there.

    It was dark fast and nothing looked easier than 5.8 so we bailed to the right along a very rotten band and quickly scooted up a right angling gully/ledge sytem (original Great Zot finish?). Needless to say it was a crappy way to finish 4 awesome Eldo pitches.

    Helmets are sooooo recommended on this popular climb. Beware the loose stuff.
    By Ron Olsen
    From: Boulder, CO
    Oct 28, 2004

    Doug Lintz wrote:
    Does the 4th pitch normally end at the detached block? If it does end there could someone give me some gear beta for the anchor? I didn't find a whole lot there.

    You can get a decent anchor in cracks to the right of the block. The stance is small and airy. Don't remember exactly what I used, but it was probably finger-to-hand-sized nuts and cams.

    Belaying here lets you watch your partner on the p4 hand traverse; the photo of Kirsten Russell was taken from this spot.

    You can start p5 up these cracks (easy but way exposed), move left onto Rebuffat's Arete, and continue to the top of the climb in one pitch with a 60m rope.
    By TBlom
    Oct 29, 2004

    I've always connected pitch 4 and 5, if you use long runners, a 60m rope will get you from the hand traverse, just barely to the notch after Rebuffat's Arete. Really airy and a cool 200 ft pitch. Make sure to save some finger sized stuff for the anchor if you go this way. (I think I used nuts where possible on the arete to save cams for the anchor) Nuts will probably work as well(or better). Also, if you connect the two, make sure you still have your rope ends, and that the rope is not involved in the anchor, it's a stretch. A cool short pitch puts you on the summit.
    By Gary Schmidt
    From: Boulder, CO
    Apr 9, 2005

    Few more comments to add to the high volume here. On the second pitch (from top of Great Zot) it is possible to climb a fairly direct line to the big bolt by heading left at a greenish area of rock. This avoid hitting Red Ledge below the bolt and having to traverse loose rock with great potential rope drag to knock down rock. This of course adds a couple of more 5.7ish moves to a 5.2 pitch but if you are leading a 5.7 route this should be doable? There is a big pile of loose rock up the gully to the right of belay station and the end of pitch three. Advice belay as far into the little enclave as possible. The traverse on pitch four is actually quite straightforward. There are a couple of fixed pieces on the vertical hand crack above that if you clip with long slings and only used one piece half way across the traverse your rope will run in a pretty nice line! As mentioned several times, the arete on pitch five is fantastic and imho the funnest part of the climb. I found it to protect quite adequately with a few mediums cams a couple of nuts. Of course slinging the pointed summit is also too hard to resist. Then downclimb into the safe enclove to belay. The walk off is not straightforward - it is a long ways north (farther than you would think) to find the well worn steep descent trail (if its not 100 obvious you are not at descent yet). (There are some cairns along the way to help.) If weather is encroaching, remember that it is probably a good hour back to your car for descent. Finally, great great climb. Wear a helmet and enjoy!
    By Jason Shatek
    May 4, 2005

    Gary, I tried going from the top of P1 on the Great Zot to the bolt on Rewritten (top of second pitch), it sucks, just go to the ledge and traverse left. It's not all that protectable and is pretty broken. Plus on a busy day you'll most likely cross ropes with someone else coming up. FYI - took a look at Rebuffat's the other day and it looks pretty protectable (looking up from the "detached refrigerator"). I haven't lead it but can't wait to go back and do so.
    By Gary Schmidt
    From: Boulder, CO
    May 9, 2005

    Jason, hey good to see you're out on the rock. As to pitch 2 it is hard to say exactly where you were. Always i guess a bit hard to describe where I went, but I do remember heading right from the first belay for a bit then pretty much straight up. It was a little run out but solid and definitely not 5.2 (5.7 friction in spots?) there were some people on the Green Spur to the left of me at the same time and no problem with ropes crossing. However like I said, it's a big rock and maybe you're right, people should just stick to the standard way. If anyone else out there has any thoughts always glad to hear other peoples experiences. I am certainly not the expert on Rewritten.
    By ?????
    Jun 28, 2005

    Moral of the story: Faster is better, get up at noon, lounge poolside until it cools down, get out to crag once everyone is high on the wall, and then blast to top of whatever route you want to, catching up to the other parties as they start the downclimb...
    By DanMoore
    Jul 6, 2005

    I was at the base of [Rewritten] around 7:45 on a Saturday, and there were three parties of three ahead of us for the first pitch. Luckily, they were all headed off to do Swanson's or Icarus. Rather than scramble up the West Chimney and cross over all the ropes of these folks, my partner and I did the first pitch of Green Slab Direct (5.8). Then you can traverse over right in a pitch to the top of the second pitch of Rewritten (through a tunnel with loose rock galore).
    By Larry Shaw
    Jul 24, 2005
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    Did [The Geat Zot] start. The first 2 pitches weren't that [memorable]. The third pitch was fun, the 4th was stellar steep climbing for the grade. Went straight up the arete for the fifth pitch with was as good as the 4th. Belayed from the pinacle and got some killer photos then cruised the last pitch. could have easily linked pitches but it was a casual day.
    By Lloyd Garrick
    From: Arvada, CO
    Oct 23, 2005
    rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

    Did this 1st time last week, 4 pitches with alternate routes. The "crux" for me was a chimney on P3!For P1 did ZOT route. The traverse and crack are awesome! But I didn't think too difficult.The best part (fun, exposure, views) was the last pitch Rebuffat's Arete. Definitely a repeater!!!
    By SirVato
    From: Boulder
    Nov 27, 2006
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    If you start with Green Spur, you can climb this route in 3 pitches.
    With a 70m you can do the original start to the eybolt and still get it in 3 pitches.

    Pitch 1 to the eybolt on the Red Ledge.
    Pitch 2 to the belay at the top of the crux pitch.
    Pitch 3 to the summit (via the exposed Rebuffat's Arete).
    By evan
    From: seattle
    Apr 15, 2007

    Followed Rob on all 4 pitches. Amazing climb!
    By Helldorado
    From: Boulder, CO
    Apr 22, 2007

    PLEASE BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL TO NOT DISLODGE ROCKS WHEN DOWNCLIMBING THROUGH THE NOTCH BETWEEN TOWERS. My stupid ass started a rockslide that swept down to South Boulder Creek. Fortunately no one was injured.
    By Casey Flynn
    From: Boulder, CO
    Apr 25, 2007
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    Very cool route. I was surprised at the amount of loose rock on it for such a popular climb. I'd be wary of climbing directly below anyone up here. I was even more surprised at the number of people I saw in the canyon NOT wearing helmets. The group next to us on the Great Zot had the leader drop a cam 75 feet onto the head of his belayer below. Better than a rock, I guess.
    By jack roberts
    Apr 25, 2007


    How big was the cam. If it's under a size #2 Camalot, it isn't usually a problem, but anything bigger I'd hate it if I got hit by it the wrong way....or is that the right way?

    By Ivan Rezucha
    From: Fort Collins, CO
    Apr 26, 2007

    That was me doing the dropping, Luke's head and helmet doing the blocking and Chuck's chest doing the stopping. .75 Camalot came off the biner as I was placing the other cam on the same biner.
    By Clint Locks
    From: Boulder
    May 10, 2007

    I've always been intrigued by the P5 alternate "5.8+ wide crack that makes up the right corner of the [Rebuffat's] arete". Anyone ever made the mistake of/had the pleasure of trying it?
    By Buff Johnson
    May 10, 2007

    Yeah Clint, it climbs pretty fair, has ok pro spacing, doesn't really offer a clean crack climb though but does have some fun moves, & can take a right variant to finish the top-out at about that same 5.6 level. Overall, not as difficult as P1 Great Zot, or P1 Werk Supp, but 5.8 & 2 stars was what I thought. I was glad we gave it a shot just to say we climbed it.

    Another good thing, you get to use that BFT & shade for the start anchor.
    By Gregory Schrodt
    From: Lyons, CO
    Sep 15, 2007

    By far one of the best 5.7s in Eldo. Way better than the polished Bastille Crack. With good rope management, you can certainly tie together 1&2, 3&4, 5&6, for a lusciously, classic, exposed, vertical experience. Watch the loose rock though in places, it can be scary for the folks below if the leader is careless.... Follow the cairns for an easy 4th class hike off to the north west.
    By Skat
    Oct 4, 2007

    Great route! The walkoff is way north. I initially tried walking along/near the ridge- bad idea. Stay on the east side of the ridge walking below some slabs (between 25 and 125 feet from the top). Just keep going and you will eventually see the cairns start up.
    By David A. Turner
    Oct 30, 2007

    Zot 2 Rewritten 2 Rebuffat = 4 star moderate.
    By Barry Collins
    Feb 10, 2008

    Took a nice 15 ft. fall from the Zot cave today when a fixed piece blew. BTW the fixed pin below the cave is bomber!! Rest of the climb is stellar.
    By Jim Amidon
    Apr 3, 2008

    One of the best routes in all of Eldo....yeah it has some junk on it, but what route doesn't. Can't count how many times I've climbed this gem.
    By Gregory Schrodt
    From: Lyons, CO
    Apr 21, 2008

    Tied this baby together again 4/19...what a nice sunny climb. Use a 70 meter rope and lots of runners.... 1st pitch all the way to the eyebolt. 2nd pitch to the flat just below Swanson Arete, and a short 3rd up the arete and back onto the wall.... Remember, lots of runners!!! Don't forget to straddle the arete on top and just take time to reflect where you are in the world.... You just gotta love Boulder on days like this....
    By Shawn Mitchell
    From: Broomfield
    Jul 1, 2008

    Great route. Here's another vote for the Great Zot start; also a vote for linking pitches 2 & 3 (bypassing the eyebolt belay) and 5 & 6 (putting a double runner on the arete horn and climbing a ways up the final headwall before placing pro.
    By Jay Samuelson
    From: Denver CO
    Aug 8, 2008
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    Awesome route. I'll repeat others recommendations for doing Great Zot to Rewritten to Rebuffat... and for linking pitches 2 & 3, as well as 5 & 6. I'd also recommend setting a belay at the top of pitch 4 about 15 feet above the large detached block, there's a nice ledge for the belayer to stand/sit on. It's on the face of the arete, so you can watch your second for most of the pitch as well, which is nice. And bring lots of long runners.
    By Stuart Paul
    From: Denver, CO
    Aug 10, 2008

    Climbed in 3 pitches with a 60 meter rope. 1) Second with have to simulclimb for about 20 feet to reach the eye bolt at the red ledge. 2) Belay just below where the arete sharpens -- almost the full rope. 3) Just over half the rope will get you to the top of the wall.
    By Julius Beres
    From: Boulder, CO
    Sep 5, 2008
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    I just tried this climb for the first time yesterday and it was great.

    A few comments about the first pitch. There wasn't any "loose" rock in the sense of rocks just lying on edges ready to fall off, but most of the rock sounded very hollow. Many times I touched flakes that were fairly loose (large flakes the size of dinner plates). Someone could easily pull one of those off.
    That being said, even avoiding the loose flakes there were plenty of big holds and the climbing stayed mostly in the 5.4 range. I would say the crux was making the hand traverse to the right to rejoin Great Zot (maybe a 5.6 move). Prior to that traverse I found a place to put one bomber small nut down and left as well as slinging a horn (I was at least 15 feet above the last piece before I placed those and a fall before placing gear would have been bad... fortunately there are gear placements prior to making the traverse. Because of that 15 foot run out section on hollow rock, I found this pitch to be the most intimidating section of the climb).

    As soon as you make the traverse into the easier top part of the Great Zot crack, there is great pro to be had for the rest of the climb. The arete was an amazing pitch and definitely worth the climb.
    By Sarge
    Oct 25, 2008

    Do the last two pitches in one and do the first two pitches in one. We easily did this climb in 4 pitches.
    By Evan1984
    Feb 8, 2009

    Topped out right at sunset after taking a variation due to congestion on the hand traverse pitch. Good even if a little loose. We'll have to come back for the money pitches.

    Found one party at the top with only 1 headlamp and very little clue about the descent. Another party finished up after us, but asked us to stay because they had no headlamps or idea about the descent.

    We ended up hiking in the dark and sharing headlamps with the other two parties. People need to come prepared because this is a longer route with much traffic and a convoluted descent. It's easy to get benighted.

    Also, loose rock on the route and descent mean helmets are a good choice.
    By Scott Rogers
    From: Moab, UT
    May 9, 2009

    Watch out for loose rock. Also, if you knock a rock loose, yell "rock", not "ahhhh". It is easier to get the hell out of the way when you know something is coming down. Pretty sure Joe will be ok, he got pretty bloodied up though. Maybe next time we can actually start climbing this one instead of getting grenaded on the trail.
    By Bill Wright
    May 26, 2009

    Hi Scott,

    I was the climber that knocked off the rock on you and your partner on May 9th. I was traversing the ledge from the top of the 2nd pitch of Rewritten towards the top of the 2nd pitch of Green Spur (since we had caught the party above us). I knew the ledge was dangerous and I was trying to be careful, but I screwed up. I stepped on a rock that was well embedded in the ledge (some dirt here) and it moved. When I stepped off it, it went. I screamed bloody murder. "ROCK! ROCK! ROCK!" I screamed immediately and as loud as I could possibly scream. I was terrified at the time, as I knew there many people below and I knew two large rocks were headed their way. I also knew that if these rocks hit someone, they were dead. After screaming until the rocks hit the ground, I waited and listened. I heard someone cuss up at me, as I would have done. I yelled down to my partner, asking if everyone was okay. He said they were, but he was at the top of the first pitch. We were climbing on a 30-meter rope and had no way to descend easily without climbing off the top, which is what we did. We hurried down and I admitted my mistake and apologized to everyone still there. I heard about Joe and we hustled down the trail to try and catch you guys, but you were long gone. So I say to you now, "I'm extremely sorry for my mistake and I am very glad you two weren't injured worse." I take it very seriously and I can assure that I was screaming, literally screaming not just yelling, down a warning. I am deeply sorry that this wasn't loud enough down below, but I was doing all I could up there.

    I'd love to meet you two in person, buy you beer and apologize to your face. I've since climbed the route twice more and the Green Spur. I love the climbing there. I can assure that I will not make that mistake again and I will always remember that mistake whenever I pass this area.

    I am an experienced Eldo climber and I still made this mistake. I wasn't complacent at the time, though, as I said. I knew it was a dangerous spot and tried to be careful, but I wasn't careful enough.

    Deepest regrets,
    By YDPL8S
    From: Santa Monica, Ca.
    May 26, 2009

    I applaud Bill for his apology. A 30 meter rope????
    By Couloirman Schmiddy
    From: Providence, RI
    May 26, 2009

    Thanks for that Bill. No worries though, these are the risks we take to be in the mountains at any given time. I'm all healed up and climbing again, had nothing more serious than scrapes and bruises. I do now have a new rule for places like Eldo though from this incident: be first on the route or don't be on the route at all.
    By Micahisaac
    From: Longmont, CO
    Aug 2, 2009

    I was on pitch 4 and the party above me yelled down that the block was loose, I have climbed "Rewritten" before and I knew the infamous refrigerator block balanced on the ledge. I didn't think too much of the warning, and I kept moving up. When I got to the block, I carefully traverse around it, but when I came on the right side I stepped on a rock and my foot sank. The "refrigerator" block was nudged just enough that it shifted off. I thought it might miss me, but then it hit my rope and yarded me off the ledge head first. I ended up falling the entire pitch and was about even with my belayer when the rope stopped me. I yelled "rock" as loud as I could, but "rock" sounded like the understatement of the century. I knew Mark and Jeff were directly below me, and was VERY relieved that they were ok. The route was completely covered in dust, pebbles and even some good size chucks of rock. After walking down there, I found tree limbs and exploded rock everywhere. My partners pack was destroyed along with some of the contents of the pack.
    Thanks for everyones concern. I am super thankful that nobody got seriously hurt and that I was wearing my helmet.
    Please be careful on this route as it is still littered with rubble that is just waiting to come down.

    taken from forum post here
    By Kai Huang
    From: Aurora, CO
    Sep 5, 2009

    The hardest pitch was the descending pitch. When descending, don't go down to the back side. Stay on the ridge. There were several cairns that led us to the back, lost, hiked back up to the ridge, and found the 4th class downclimb.
    By Mark Cushman
    From: Cumming, GA
    Jul 12, 2010

    In the description, the block that moves on top of P4 is now gone. This block fell in 2009 (see Micah's post above) and left a larger ledge, although I felt there wasn't a great spot to build a belay there.

    Rock Climbing Photo: The ledge above the traverse where the 'fridge-siz...
    The ledge above the traverse where the 'fridge-sized block USED to be.
    By Eckhard
    From: Denver, CO
    Sep 4, 2010

    Hey, maybe the route description should be changed. I was in the park last year when the rock fell. Scared the *&$^ out of me even though I was bouldering elsewhere it was SO DAMN loud. Headed up to do Rewritten and noticed the route still mentions the no longer existing rock. I understand if it stays for historical purposes, but a (no longer) mid sentence would work, too. Cheers.
    By 303scott
    Nov 8, 2010

    Just climbed this for the first time since the refrigerator block fell. Now that the block's gone you can easily belay on the ledge just around the corner climber's right in the photo two posts above. It's a semi-hanging and really airy belay that (as Ron pointed out earlier) allows you to watch your second on the traverse. It also allows you to climb directly up off of the belay to gain Rebuffat's Arete.
    By Rodger Raubach
    Mar 12, 2011
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    The 4h pitch of this climb is a classic; one of the outstanding single pitches in Eldorado Canyon. It's worth the effort expended during the approach and more!
    By Ben Cassedy
    From: Denver, CO
    May 17, 2011
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    This route was incredible. Compared to Gambit, which we did recently, this one seemed to be longer, more continuous, and had less loose rock. The Rebuffat's Arete variation is full value and was way better than the standard 5.0 tree gully finish appeared to be.

    We followed the Levin guidebook description (which was spot-on overall) and belayed P5 from the dead tree ledge. Makes for a roomy belay ledge, and you can see and hear the leader for the Rebuffat pitch real easily. Just wanted to note: there is a large section of rock immediately to climbers' right of the dead tree that appears to be solid in the ground. I initially thought about slinging it, but after giving it a bear hug, it shifted a little. I would avoid using it at all costs. Same with the dead as a doornail tree. There are abundant solid anchor building opportunities in the crack systems recessed back a little from the edge.
    By Robbie Flick
    From: Denver, CO
    May 31, 2011
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    Climbed this 5/30. At the belay for the fourth pitch, the wind picked up and started blowing a small hailstorm of rocks onto me and one of my climbing partners (we were a team of 3). We got pelted with some smaller stuff but nothing serious - just a word of caution as there's a lot of stuff directly above that can be dislodged by wind alone.

    Also on the descent - there are sections where literally everything is loose. My friend dislodged a block the size of a microwave. Be very, very careful.
    By Zane E
    From: Lyons, CO
    Sep 29, 2011

    One must do the arete and not the gully. Would be a shame to miss out on an amazing ending otherwise.
    By Scotty Nelson
    From: Boulder
    Oct 3, 2011

    I climbed this route a few weeks ago and cleaned a cam for a couple from Louisville. We were slow coming down and never caught up with you. If you want your cam back, PM me with the description. Thanks, Scotty
    By doligo
    Oct 4, 2011

    The arete is no way 5.8 or 5.7 PG as the book says. 5.6 and the gear is all there (small cams mostly).
    By mc kaiser
    From: Boulder, CO
    May 1, 2012
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    Yeah, so I had to leave a BD 0.75 at the very top of the last (6th) pitch. I'm sort of hurting for cash these days, so maybe you might take pity on me? I'll buy you a 6 pack and you can feel really good about yourself!
    By Brett Bauer
    May 25, 2012
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    Found this to be a good solid 5.7, and it makes the Bastille 5.6 as I think it should be.

    The 5.8 Zot start is the way to go! It protects well at G rating and is 2-3 moves on all positive holds to the crack... almost like doing it on top-rope.

    Found the 5.7 traverse easier than people talk... and the rest of the pitch excellent solid 5.7.

    The arete was not as hard to protect as I thought as well... and the final pitch was fun short 5.6.

    Will link some pitches next time now that I have done it original.. 1 & 2 for sure.
    3 &4 maybe? and 5& 6 ? will see...

    Pitch 2was a little undefined but obvious where you are going to ... if you aim for the chains and go up the steeps it's fun protects every 10 ft. or so maybe solid 5.7 .
    By Canon
    Aug 15, 2012
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13

    P1-3 are not all that interesting but stay in the shade throughout the morning. P1 is a little spicy. 4-6 are stellar, combine 5-6 and do Rebuffat's.
    By Tony T.
    From: Denver, CO
    Aug 31, 2012
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13

    Honestly, listen to others advice and climb Zot instead of P1, and Rebuffat's Arete.

    I think with those two substitutions, this is a four star route. However, without them it's not nearly up to the same "every pitch is fantastic" standard of say Ruper.
    By Matt MacGregor
    Sep 10, 2012

    Wow, lots of comments. My $0.02....

    Some more history. Ament & McCarty make no mention of this route in any of the three editions of 'High Over Boulder' I have (1967, 1976, & 1995). Descriptions are offered in Ament's 'Eldorado: A Rock Climber's Guide' and Erickson's 'Rocky Heights' (both 1980). Ament specifically refers to the P4 traverse as a "foot-traverse", and Erickson blithely directs one to "traverse 15 feet left." Considering the manner used to tackle the traverse today and the attendant aura/reputation ascribed to it, those descriptions now seem curious and understated.

    Reading Ament's and Erickson's text descriptions, I would have been hard-pressed to find the correct line. But I'm also a moron. Amazing what the 'topo' drawing has done for route descriptions. Thank you, Richard Rossiter.

    I climbed Eldo with a new partner last year, and he was stunned to see my guidebook was Rossiter's 'Rock Climbing Eldorado'. I actually believe he thought his glossy, full-color Levin guidebook was the first and only Eldo guide. Amusing. I guess my point is that we owe a HUGE debt to these men for the passion and care they've put in over the decades cataloging route info for the generations that followed. I hope newer climbers realize this, and appreciate their efforts, and the rich history of these climbs.

    Regarding the origin of the moniker 'Rebuffat's Arete', what comes to mind is a photo of the legendary Gaston Rebuffat I first saw in his beautifully illustrated book 'On Ice and Snow and Rock'. The photo is of him standing balanced atop the 'Pic de Roc'. Google it, then imagine yourself trying to stand atop Rebuffat's Arete when you get there climbing Rewritten. Perhaps that photo was the subconscious inspiration for its naming.

    As for the climb itself, I understand the reasoning behind starting on P1 of Great Zot as the first pitch, but if one reads the first several chapters of 'Moby Dick', but finishes with the last 3/4th's of 'War & Peace', has one read 'War & Peace'? Just wondering....

    Anyway, Rossiter describes P1 well - it is awkward to protect but not impossible to reasonably protect. I did this pitch twice in 5 days, and I traversed too soon into the Zot crack the first time. Fight this temptation. You'll find yourself at the corner of the P1 arete on a comfortable stance/rest. Straight up looks less appealing than shooting straight right to join the Zot crack immediately above the crux 'cave', but it's not. Make a move or two straight up from this stance -- I believe this is the roof Rossiter describes -- THEN move right to the crack.

    On P4, as of two weeks ago there were two fixed pieces about a foot apart in the vertical crack above the traverse, then another fixed small wire in the steep section after you step left around the arete, before the belay at the old fridge block ledge.

    I thought this ledge was fine for the belay. Look around to the right (south) of the start of the P5 arete and you'll find a good crack. I think a previous poster mentioned a "semi-hanging" belay could be had here. I was able to lay back quite comfortably on this ledge without hanging.

    As for P5, the arete is a must-do. Since the original, historical line is the gully to the left, it may seem contradictory for me to say this. But the arete is a variation to, not a different climb than, Rewritten. And IMO it is a far more logical, direct, and aesthetically pleasing line. Having climbed both, leave the gully to history.

    Hands-down the most difficult part of P5 is the first move or two up through the crack at the old, fridge block belay. After these moves, go left and gain the arete proper. You'll find holds a foot or two on either side of the edge just where you need them to allow you to stay right on it to its point. You can get a piece or two in, and sling some stone along the way. Careful, though - one of the blocks on the arete felt like it may have been a little less than solid.

    P1 & 2 combine well with a 70m rope, as do 5 & 6. One could easily combine 3 & 4 also, but it just didn't seem 'right'.
    By Mike McKinnon
    From: Golden, CO
    Oct 11, 2012

    This is a 3 pitch climb with a 70 meter rope....

    Just sayin'....
    By Jeremy C
    From: Golden, CO
    Feb 4, 2013

    Did this route (kind of) for the first time today. We started on the Great Zot. Awesome. Linked p1 and p2 to the eyebolts which only left about 4ft of extra rope out of our 70m. P3 was so-so. After the 4th pitch traverse/crack thing (which was pretty incredible), we somehow started the 5th much too far to the left and accidentally got on a different arete (about 40ft left of Rebuffat's) with some loose rocks. The arete was spectacularly scary, sharp, and runout but proved to be one of the coolest parts of the day anyway. I was able to sling a few horns on the way up, but there wasn't much in the way of gear. We ended up in an extremely windy notch, just to the left of the summit, pants filled with poop and huge grins on our faces. What a day! P.S. Does anyone know if this arete is even considered a route? It had a fair amount of lichen on it and felt like pretty solid 5.8 or harder. Sling placements every 20ft or so. There was a newer bolt toward the bottom of it in a seemingly illogical blank spot.
    By skylar drakos
    From: Breckenridge, CO
    Feb 7, 2013

    Skip the first belay set up and go to the I bolt if you have a 70m.
    By Connor Newman
    From: Reno, NV
    Feb 8, 2013

    One of the best 5.7s I've ever done, along with Corrugation Corner and Bear's Reach at Lover's Leap. The exposure and movement on the traverse/crack pitch are as good as it gets.
    By B-Slim
    From: San Jose
    Mar 21, 2013

    Nice route overall. We did a wrong traverse up on p3 which leads to a harder p4. We had to pass a kind of roof, which fun. There is chalk in the route :D Anyone know about this variant?
    By Karissa Sampson
    From: Boulder, CO
    May 24, 2013
    rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13

    Great route! Lovvvved it. Watch out for the small ledge that one may be tempted to think is the end of Pitch 4. I don't think it really is (I believe its where that large block pulled off in the past). We went to the left and up the crack/gully to a larger dead tree ledge with a sweet, reclining belay stance, after your leader clears the loose rock hazards above you. There's quite a bit of fixed gear on this route. Unfortunately we may have accidently added to it.... There is a new small offwidth BD cam on pitch 4. We tried for a while today to get it out but to no avail. If you were kindly able to retrieve our piece before we get up there again, please PM me or post on here and I will gladly repay you at the Southern Sun (or your choice...). Thank you !!
    By mc kaiser
    From: Boulder, CO
    Aug 19, 2013
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    Found some bail gear last Thursday at the top of the third pitch right before the hand crack traverse. I took it with me, but if it's yours ,I'd be glad to give it back. PM me with what you lost, and we'll figure it out.
    By Matt.H Haron
    Aug 24, 2013

    Good route. Both my partner and I agreed that the crack seems glossed over and it's not as gritty as it once was, but there is plenty of other holds. Jug haul to the top. Also, today I almost stepped on a rattlesnake, so be aware while you are out there.
    By Matthew Coye
    From: Frisco, Colorado
    Sep 3, 2013

    Miiiight have left a tri-cam to the right of where the refrigerator block was (right before Rebuffat's start).... Good luck to someone if they can manage to get it out, otherwise it's new fixed gear. Other than that, had an awesome climb on it today with the Zot's start and finishing Rebuffat. First route I've climbed in Eldo, I'll be back for sure!
    By Austin Cooner
    Jan 13, 2014

    Forgot a nut tool yesterday and got a 0.125 tricam stuck on belay on top of P3. It's over to the right in a blocky feature. If you get it out and see this, go ahead and PM me. Thanks!

    Awesome climb by the way. Scary in 60 mph gusts....
    By goingUp
    From: over here
    Jun 10, 2014

    Slotted a nut in the the crack just below the p4-5 belay (old refrigerator block), my second couldn't get it out. New fixed gear?
    By Eric Thomas
    From: Colorado
    Jun 16, 2014

    "GoingUp": it's gone now (someone else, not me), along with the other stuck nut on p4.
    By Ethan Printy
    Jul 11, 2014

    Found a cam and draw halfway up Rewritten in a bush at the base of the final gully. PM me with the brand and the colors of tape on both, and I'll make sure you get it back!!
    By Anfarwal Vr
    From: Denver, CO
    Aug 18, 2014

    DESCENT: got lost on this on the descent once, never again. After you top out, you shimmy down down a short 4th class section of rock to a flat, dirt platform. From here, don't keep going downhill towards the north-northeast (like the guidebook implies). Instead, veer left (west) and uphill on a dirt trail until you see some cairns (should be pretty immediate). This will take you up north-northwest to a notch then down through some ledges and back down towards the west Redgarden trail. The trail is steep, well-worn, and well marked with cairns.

    If you find yourself heading straight downhill after the short 4th class section and down thin climber's trail through some gullies with no cairns, you're going the wrong way and will wind up (after lots of sketchy downclimbing and bushwhacking) on the east side of Redgarden Wall.
    By Benjamn P
    From: Boulder, CO
    Sep 5, 2014

    Picked up some old 5.10 climbing shoes that were at the base for more than 13+ hours on 9/3/14. PM me & describe them to get them back.
    By Andres Fernandez
    From: Boulder, Colorado
    Oct 12, 2014
    rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    Definitely a busy route on a nice Saturday fall day. Parties were going up Rewritten, Great Zot start, Swanson's, Green Spur, etc.... Very very busy on October 11th, 2014. If you like solitude. don't do a weekend, but with a busy day, other parties can help if you couldn't clean a piece as a follower like I suffered.

    Hardest pitch was definitely, the 4th, and really the climb after the traverse IMO. Since it's harder to find easier moves on the section, it's the most sustained 5.7+, and given that you've already done 3 pitches and it's airy, it can be tougher that other 5.7s.

    Other pitches like 1&2 or 5&6 could be combined given a good long rope.

    Also, plenty of old fixed pieces are left that you could possibly clip into.
    By Justin Hofmann
    From: littleton, Colorado
    Jan 21, 2015

    Did this route yesterday 1/20/15, only people in the park! This route is fantastic, best 5.7 I've done. Linked pitch 1 and 2, found good gear every 10 to 15 feet. Also, linked pitch 4 and 5 for one long, exposed, and beautiful pitch!
    By Benjamn P
    From: Boulder, CO
    Mar 16, 2015

    FOUND: Rope bag on 3/16/15. Please PM me & describe for its return.
    By Jon Banks
    From: Denver, CO
    Jun 13, 2015
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    Be careful with the dead tree at the top of pitch 4. It moves if you push it and seems to be held in place by a small boulder.
    By Martincjm
    From: Longmont
    Jul 31, 2015

    Anyone lose a small hex on this route this week, maybe Tuesday or Wednesday July 29th? I have it. PM me.

    By Samuel Crossley
    From: San Francisco, CA
    Aug 13, 2015

    Hey folks! My friend and I started climbing but got caught in a massive downpour. We left some gear at the top of pitch 3, right before the glorious looking traverse :( We're headed back to grab the gear, but if you find it before we do, please pm me!
    By Chris Walden
    From: Soldotna, Alaska
    Aug 23, 2015
    rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

    We climbed this route on 8/15/15. Climbers including myself, my two kids 7 & 8, and Clay.

    Clay led pitches 1-3 mostly along the Great Zot line. I led pitch 4 to summit. Generally we felt the route was more 5.8; however, we did the alternate start, and I believe near the top of P4 after the hand crack I was off route on a more difficult crack. Everything outside of P1 & P4 is fun and cruiser. Unfortunately we didn't get to do the arete finish.

    Pitch 4 is simply incredible and a must do.

    BOOTY: we left a BD 0.4 C4 right next to the fixed pink tricam at the top of the 3rd pitch right before you start the famous hand crack. If anyone retrieves, please shoot me a PM. I would like it back.

    QUESTION: on the way home, we realized it's possible my kids may be the youngest to do this route, anyone know for sure? Saw a pic of a 5 year old on Bastille crack and my daughter wanted to know....
    By Alex Jacques
    From: Burlington, CT
    Oct 2, 2015

    If you don't do the arete variation, you are missing out. Can easily link 6th pitch to summit with minimal drag. Epic epicness.
    By Nick Sweeney
    From: Spokane, WA
    Oct 10, 2015
    rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    I highly recommend the Great Zot start. It makes for a classic pitch and is not any harder than the fourth pitch.
    By John Rader
    From: Boulder, CO
    May 15, 2016

    It's a shot in the dark, but I got a 0.75 BD X4 stuck in the P4 hand crack just after the traverse. If someone digs it out, I'd greatly appreciate getting it back. Otherwise, might be some new fixed gear up there.
    By Keradactyl
    From: Golden, Co
    Jun 3, 2016

    Super fun lead! The 4th pitch gets surprisingly vertical after the epic traverse, so be prepared for some mild exposure!
    By calebmmallory
    From: Seattle, N.Carolina, &Hong Kong
    Jun 26, 2016

    Amazing climb, but so much fixed gear. Found a brand new Metolius ultralight cam as well as two BD nuts. PM if yours.
    By Japhy Dhungana
    From: Boulder, Colorado
    Jun 30, 2016

    Rock Climbing Photo: Loose block stabilized on 5th pitch of Rewritten. ...
    Loose block stabilized on 5th pitch of Rewritten. This pitch is avoided if you climb Rebuffat's.

    Early this morning, Mike McHugh led a team of guides in Eldo to split and lower a large, unstable block on the 5th pitch of Rewritten. It was split and lowered into a more stable place.

    As with all Eldo routes, there is always a hazard for loose blocks, even on popular routes like Rewritten. Please continue to use caution, especially on belay ledges and stances where rocks collect. Remember that the base area below all of these routes is very popular and anything knocked down gets funneled to this busy area.

    Thanks to Mike McHugh, Eddie Schoen, Thomas White, Clint Locks, and Japhy Dhungana.
    By Bruce Hildenbrand
    Jun 30, 2016

    Nice work! Thanks to the whole team - Mike McHugh, Eddie Schoen, Thomas White, Clint Locks, and Japhy Dhungana!
    By Isara
    Jul 2, 2016
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    The Great Zot is really chill for the grade, and it is amazing. Watch out for that crazy Colorado weather! Got rained on, hailed on, and "waterfalled" on this route. Epic!
    By Jason Kim
    From: Encinitas, CA
    Aug 16, 2016

    My first visit to Eldo and Rewritten left me disappointed. Did the Great Zot start which was just OK. The 4th pitch traverse was really cool but also super short. The amount of choss, whether it be the hollow flakes or the loose rocks/blocks all over the belay stances left me feeling pretty uneasy.

    To be fair, a thunderstorm rolled in and we ended up blasting through the top and missed the arete, which looked pretty fun. Had fun on the descent with some lightning and a rattlesnake as we dropped back down the west side. The trail is well marked with quacks, as my partner calls them.

    The eyebolt at the top of the 2nd pitch appears to be solid and includes a stamped marker that reads "165 ft rappel to good ledge then 5.0 downclimb for 20 ft". Just above the eyebolt, there is a newer Fixe 2-bolt anchor and ring, so this is a convenient belay if you pitch it out per the guidebook.

    Don't forget your helmet.
    By Gregger Man
    From: Broomfield, CO
    Aug 17, 2016

    Jason Kim wrote:
    My first visit to Eldo and Rewritten left me disappointed...

    Jason - The Beloved Chosspile also known as Eldo is an acquired taste. It's too bad that you didn't enjoy your route that much, but only 3 out of 773 climbers have given this climb less than 2 stars. Sounds like you had a bad day. Do Ruper or Gambit at daybreak for cooler temps next time. The charm of Eldo is a diamond-in-the-rough quality that sets it apart from sport crags.
    By higginsd
    Sep 7, 2016

    A STELLAR multipitch. Felt more like 5.7+/5.8 to me, but then again, it was my first time climbing in Eldo, which I hear is a unique style. Every pitch is really unique; good protection; sweet exposure. A few notes:

    Pitch 4 - the traverse is epic and not as bad as it looks, but as a leader, make sure you protect your follower by sewing up horizontal crack.... It eats up gear anyways.

    Pitch 5 - you can either climb left up an easier chossy gully/crack, or head right up an exposed and crazy arete (Rebuffat's Arete). After reading that the Arete was the way to go, I chose that option. Definitely exposed, definitely worth it; protectable (but tricky if you're a beginner leader). I'd definitely recommend the arete, EXCEPT I did not realize that the belay spot for the sixth pitch is about 10 feet below and behind the horn of the arete. This means once you get to the horn, you either have to summit it and scoot down its back to the belay spot (what I did - it was scary), or downclimb and traverse left to the easier crack system and then up. Either way, even if you sling the horn, you're potentially leaving your follower unprotected and vulnerable to a swing once they remove the last piece of gear on the arete... and a lot of rope drag since you're belaying parallel to the arete. I don't know how to avoid this, or if other people have had this problem, but it left my follower very spooked when I informed him he had to remove my last piece and then traverse over. Maybe try to protect the traverse better, but even so, if you sling the horn, that still creates problems... also, it's the end of the pitch, so I didn't have a lot of gear left.
    By John RB
    From: Superior, CO
    Nov 10, 2016
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    Climbed this today... 70F in November... wow.

    This climb has SO much loose rock on it. Huge jugs with chalk, and they move. I was so worried I'd pull something off and there were people below, so I avoided pulling on or stepping on anything that looked sketchy. Probably made the climb a grade harder, but it was worth it.

    Overall, there were some great sections, but because of the low overall rock quality, I wouldn't recommend the climb.
    By Andrew Oiler
    Mar 14, 2017

    Climbed this route on 3/13/17 and had a blast! Unfortunately, I dropped a 0.75 C4 just after the traverse on pitch 4. If somebody finds it, it would be great to have it back. Shoot me a PM if you are feeling like a good Samaritan, thanks!
    By Michael A Parker
    From: Tulsa, OK
    Mar 29, 2017
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    Finally got a chance to climb this classic, and let me tell you, it exceeded the hype. We did the Great Zot variation for the start and finished on Rebuffat's arete. Pitch 4 gets all the press, but Rebuffat's arete was my favorite pitch. The exposure on that knife edge is unlike anything I've experienced, and it just washes over you. I highly recommend this route, and don't shortchange yourself by climbing that easy gully on pitch 5, hit the arete, you will not regret it.
    By Ben Kirby
    From: Davisburg, MI
    May 22, 2017

    Left a Trango rope bag/tarp at the base of the climb. Please PM if found. Thanks.
    By tkessel
    From: Windsor,CO
    Jul 9, 2017
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    Wow! What a great climb! Great Zot start, 4th pitch is stellar, and the arete is just the cherry on top, great gear if you find it.
    By Ben Barron
    Jul 13, 2017

    Hey Eldo friends, my partner and I were on this wonderful classic late today (7/13/17), and unfortunately about halfway up pitch two, she got violently ill. We rappelled off the rings at the top of pitch 2 -- since we only had my 70m and it is a 50m rappel, we set up a Reepschnur (sp?) but didn't have sufficient cordalette, tag line, and slings to retrieve the rope. We're headed back for it first thing tomorrow morning, but if you beat us up there and recover the rope, there's a sixpack with your name on it. It's a grey, bipatterned Sterling 70m 9.8mm. PM if you recover it. Thanks!
    By mhagny
    Aug 22, 2017

    So instead of doing P5 - 6 of Rewritten, I went diagonally up and ultimately about 20 ft L of the dead tree belay to a knife-edge arete and did a spooky, techy couple of slab moves past a bolt (5.9) to get onto the arete. Fun moves going up the arete, one spot a bit tricky to protect. Anyone know what this route is? Didn't see any chalk on it, but the bolt is clear evidence that a line exists here.
    By Miguel Rodriguez Gonzalez
    4 days ago

    Hi, we bailed today due to high winds halfway past the 4th pitch (finger crack). By the way, that crack was really fun. I left 2 small nuts and a 0.75 cam with 3 slings. If someone runs into that gear, I would really appreciate it they could return it. You can reach me at I'll buy a pack of nice beer in return!

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