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Road Kill 

YDS: 5.11c/d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 25 British: E4 6a

Type:  Sport, 3 pitches
Original:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Alan Nelson, 1997
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Submitted By: Anonymous Coward on Jan 1, 2001

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Get ready for some variety!

Slab climbing leads to the first difficult move, an 11c mantle problem to gain the ledge above the first big roof. Rest well and then launch into the overhung crux slopefest. Actually, there are some good jugs on this section, although the sequence is a little devious. Route finding on a sport route, who would have thought! Finish by going straight up the final smooth bulge (11b), or wimp out and escape to the right, although the hard part is over.

This is a great route with lots of cool moves!


The first pitch is short, 3 bolts up to a belay on big ledge. Better yet, skip this by walking up the ledge from the left side to the belay. The upper pitch is 12 bolts and two bolt anchor. There is a 4 bolt 3rd pitch, 5.5 s.

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By Anonymous Coward
Jul 23, 2001

I'll agree with Alan that the crux pitch is only 11c. I had no trouble onsighting because all the clips were from nice stances (or could be clipped and downclimbed to rest). I consider this route one of the best in Clear Creek, an aesthetic line through a tiered roof of high quality rock!
By Leo Paik
From: Westminster, Colorado
May 5, 2003

There is a 9+ TR variation to the 1st pitch between Road Warrior and Road Kill for the bored.
By Luke Evans
Aug 25, 2005

Great movement on solid stone. I always thought this looked a little chossy (not the case at all). Super-fun, kinda pumpy, but there are great rests! I am not sure why there are anchors at about 20 ft. off of the ledge, because I did the route w/ a 60m from the ledge and it worked out fine.
By SCherry
From: Boulder, CO
May 20, 2009

Fantastic route with a little bit of everything! Felt solid for 11d for me through the bulge as its a devious sequence. It was a pretty warm 80+ day so that might add to the difficulty on this one since the crux has some sloper jugs.
By chipacles
Jun 11, 2010
rating: 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a

I thought that pulling the lip after the roof is quite a bit easier than Hey Good Lookin' (Wall of the '90s), so it seems an 11c/d rating is appropriate. Getting over the bulge just below the anchors is rough after pumping through the roof. Still, the holds pulling the roof are good. Fun route to work out, and with some nice variety given that the beginning (after the first set of anchors) is slabby.

(I started at the first set of anchors, since climbing up to there just seemed pointless and my partner felt better belaying from those anchors.)
By tooTALLtim
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 26, 2013

I found the first pitch to be thoughtfully bolted and well worth linking into the crux pitch!
By Garrett C
From: SL,UT
Mar 23, 2015

Only did the first slab pitch, which was incredible. Fun, crimpy hands to excellent clipping locations. The crux felt like it was getting to the first bolt. Loved this one.
By Geoff U
From: Centennial, CO
Jul 27, 2015
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a PG13

Going to the anchors is a bit nerve-racking as thin, slabby moves on holds I felt flexing and feet are several feet above the bolt.... I think it could benefit from one additional bolt before the anchors... there is a great clipping stance....
By Eric Thomas
From: Colorado
May 7, 2016

As per Geoff's comment ^, I agree with the need to possibly put in one more bolt before the chains. There's a horizontal hold that definitely feels like it's going to break. However....BETA ALERT the right of that flexing horizontal, there's a hidden right hand undercling that allows you to get yourself to a standing position. In fact, this thing has tons of hidden underclings.
Great climb!

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