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Rhodian Shores 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Original:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Steve Muller, Dianne Barrow, and Mark Rolofson, 1997?
Fixed Hardware: 8 Lead Bolts, 2 Anchor Bolts [details]
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Submitted By: Kreighton Bieger on May 12, 2001  with updates from Patrick Sherry

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    Rossiter calls this a 9, and I believe Rolofson a 10. It felt harder than 9. This demands good slab technique and is bolted a bit for the taller person, even though the bolts are closely spaced. That said, the route begins 15 feet left of the left-facing dihedral that is P1 of the Bihedral route and ascends a low-angle slab which steepens near the top. Two tricky sequences get the blood flowing at the third and fifth bolts. This is a great route.


    9 well-spaced bolts to a two-bolt anchor with lowering hooks that is shared with Hold The Line.

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    By Darin Lang
    Jan 1, 2001

    I thought it was a great route - at least, much better than Bihedral to the right of it, which seemed like a sandbag on both pitches with poor gear on the second pitch. It felt maybe a bit harder than 9 on a couple of moves, but the rating is probably accurate for a slab.
    By George Bell
    From: Boulder, CO
    Aug 2, 2001

    I also thought this route 5.10- in one section (3rd bolt or so?). I enjoyed the route as well as the Bihedral, I would not say the Bihedral is much worse. It is just trad climbing vs. sport.
    By Anonymous Coward
    Feb 1, 2002

    This was a great route, albeit harder than the 5.9 rating it was given by Rossiter. I'd agree with 10a. Requires very good footwork and slab climbing techniques. One of the better sport routes I've done in the canyon.
    By Scott Conner
    From: Lyons, CO
    May 13, 2002

    I'd say 10a around the third bolt. I stepped right thinking the vertical seams might provide some solace but made for a tricky return back left. The rest felt 5.9. A great climb!
    By Joshua Lewis
    Jul 1, 2002

    Good line on great rock. I agree on the 10a rating. We linked this with the 2nd pitch of the Bihedral route--very nice. A few things: I would suggest climbing past the anchors (about another 15-20ft) to the base of the the 2nd pitch to set your belay--much more comfortable and easier to manage your rope. Second thing-leave the nuts and Aliens on the ground; the second pitch is all about .75"-4" cams. If you don't have a 3.5" or a 4" cam, you're in for a dicey runout. Last thing-there are good slings on a tree at the top that you can rap off. Really fun combination--it might just have been good timing, but despite the crowds on the Riviera below, nobody was up there.
    By Ray Snead
    Aug 6, 2002

    This route is certainly 5.10. 10b sounds about right; a good comparable is Le Nouveau Riche, next door at the Riviera.
    By Karl Nichols
    May 13, 2003

    I would rate this a 10a as well. 3rd and 4th bolts are the crux. Great slab climb!
    By Leo Paik
    From: Westminster, Colorado
    May 22, 2003

    If it matters, the crux seemed to be between bolt 2&3 per 5 folks with whom I've climbed this. High step L or R foot works. Maybe L foot is better?
    By Ernie Port
    From: Boulder, Colorado
    Jun 15, 2003

    Definitely the crux is the 4th clip, involving a thin finger tip seam about eye level and a sequence of delicate foot placements out left, working up and left to a nice ledge and much better stances. Have the draw in your mouth ready to clip. Two very small openings in the seam favor skinny finger tips. Felt (10) to me. The upper half is also interesting with an undercling and a flake with more positive holds. Fun stuff. 3 Stars.
    By Jake Wyatt
    From: Longmont, CO
    Aug 13, 2003

    The crux for me was getting up to and past the third bolt. I also ended up stepping a bit up and to the right to make the third clip, but, as mentioned above, doing so makes for a difficult traverse back. Very solid and continuous climbing. I remember only eight bolts to the anchors.
    By brent pohlmann
    From: San Francisco, CA
    Oct 13, 2005

    This was a great route with moves all the way to the top! Does anyone know a way to get dogs up to the Bihedral area without making your dog do a "5.12-R-dog-move"? Aspen had a harder time climbing up there then we did!
    By pfwein
    From: Boulder, CO
    May 8, 2006
    rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

    I believe Rossiter's rating was taken from feedback from my partner and me. Our 5.9 rating was relative to traditional 5.9 climbs in BC; we weren't familiar with the new rating system back then. Good alternative first pitch to the bihedral. I did Over the Hill (real 10b) a few weeks after this route--OTH felt MUCH harder. So 5.9 is probably accurate.
    By Ken Cangi
    From: Eldorado Springs, CO
    Nov 20, 2007
    rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

    Foot-intensive, interesting climbing. Some of the bolts aren't in the best spots, but they'll get you where you want to go.
    By prod. Kenny
    From: Boulder, Co
    Oct 2, 2011
    rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

    Fun climb. Well protected. Somewhere between a 9 and a 10. It's a sport climb?
    By Marty Combs
    From: Boulder, CO
    Oct 12, 2011
    rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

    As far as the rating goes, if you wander left and right a lot it may go at 5.9. If you hug the bolt line, it's probably 5.10b.
    By Leo Paik
    From: Westminster, Colorado
    Apr 28, 2015

    In regard to the Rossiter 9 rating, perhaps a run on his 2nd pitch of Climb of the Ancient Mariner, 5.9, on the Bookend or P5 of Birds of Fire, 5.9, might serve as a good grounding for slabbier granite (not my forte).

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