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Risky Business 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
Original:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Bob and Carrie Robertson, 2000
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Submitted By: Brad Short on Mar 9, 2003

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Starting up Risky Business.


Yet another right-facing dihedral -- this one with a straight-in hand crack, bolts on the face to the right, and varying cracks to the left.

Start between Almost French and Almost Gothic. Fire straight up the dihedral, with enjoyable stemming and jamming. Practice the mantra "pull down, not out" on the loose blocks on the left wall. The last bolt is placed on the right face, beneath a flake. Two finish options exist -- straight up the dihedral (using the wide-ish fist crack) or undercling right at the flake and power upwards (good hands, not so good feet). The flake option is more difficult, but less thuggish.

The bolts are spaced fairly wide for a sport cliff, but the solid hand jams inspire confidence.

A 5.9 variation to the route breaks left into a crack around the fourth bolt, and finishes on separate anchors on the left wall of the dihedral.


6 bolts plus anchors.

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By Brad Short
From: Saudia Aurora, CO
Apr 21, 2003

The 5.9 Left Variation to Risky Business has only 5 bolts. After forking left into the crack the options include: clipping the 5th bolt of the direct line with a long sling (a fall would result in an interesting swing), plugging a finger-sized or so cam half way up the left crack (smarter), or just running it out to the high cold shut left of the crack (burly and not so smart).
By Jeff St. Pierre
Aug 21, 2003

Not to to dis Brad, but I disagree. You can still make the last clip then go left... it might require a step out on the face, but I remember it being fairly secure for the clip... and I was out of shape and scared at the time. Disclaimer... I have long arms, my girlfriend often curses bolts that I feel are reasonably placed. Fun route for people who like crack... I mean cracks... you know, crack climbing... (pregnant pause) never mind... (sigh)
From: Englewood, CO
Nov 26, 2012

Better than it looks I think. Anyone else notice the fossil shell on the top of the flake left of the anchors? Pretty cool. First one I've seen at Shelf. Always wondered if there were any around.
By Jordan Hirro
From: Colorado Springs/Carbondale
Nov 30, 2013

Did this today and didn't find any loose blocks or choss. Still be cautious though! It's actually a really fun route.
By Arlo F Niederer
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jan 16, 2016
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

There are small loose blocks wedged in the cracks on the left face. Chalk on them, so people are using them.

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