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Santa's Little Helpers 

YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Original:  YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Allen Simmons & Ned Sparks, 1995
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Submitted By: Ripley Casdorph on Nov 23, 2002

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100 feet beyond the bridge on the right hand side of the road, this route leads up and to the right a bit. It goes up a [slopey] dish, that looks like a skateboard half pipe. The climbing is fairly sustained most of the way up. The crux is going from the third to the fourth bolt. All the moves are well protected. This is worth the stop on your way up US Highway 34.


Four bolts to a chain anchor.

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By Smithers
Feb 17, 2003

Where are all the holds?? Fun route but tough on the legs. good stem work --I love it
By allen simons
Jun 1, 2003

Hi, Allen Simons again. The real name of this route is Santa's Little Helpers, my first route put up in 1995. I think it is a fun stem prob., too. Sorry my name isn't on the list, the web site won't let me put it up for 24 hours. For more info, e-mail me at
By Richard Beller
Mar 21, 2005
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

This would be a stellar route anywhere. Enjoy!
By David Strathman
Mar 7, 2006
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

Feels like a 5.11 in the crux. Great climb though.
By allen simons
Mar 12, 2006

Thanks for the comment. I find this route fun every time I climb it. 5.11?
By Tymothe Meskel
Oct 26, 2006

Hey Allen,
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think since that L-shaped, side pull piece broke off by third bolt, this climb became significantly harder than before. I agree that before it was around 5.10a/b range, but now I do think it's more like a 5.11a/b. The reason I bring this up is Travis and I have been climbing in this area for some time now and recently I noticed that missing piece. I hoped on it and found that section to be the new crux, because of its reachy stem action on a small crimper to a finger pocket.

By allen simons
Oct 27, 2006

Well, I did not know that. I climbed it last spring, and it seemed 10-ish. I'll have to jump back on it and check it out. As I remember, the 3rd bolt was the crux for me. I don't recall a side pull, but perhaps I did a different variation. I'll check it out first good weather. Allen
By allen simons
Feb 26, 2007

Tymothe, I went up and top-roped this the other day to check out the rating thing. I couldn't remember using a side pull where you describe but did see one the other day. If it was bigger before, I don't remember. I never used it to climb the route. I climb it with lots of stemming and perhaps never used the hold in question. I still felt it to be hard 5.10. There are two ways to climb this route however. Stemming up the scoop and taking the rounded blunt section with edges 2-3 feet right of the bolts. I supposed there is a third way using both.
By Eran Shileikis
From: Dysfunctional, CO
Mar 27, 2007
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

Great climbing that ends all too soon. One of the better routes I've done in the Big T.
By allen simons
Mar 29, 2007

Aaron, did you stem it or use the edges and locks 2-3 feet right of the bolts?
By Eran Shileikis
From: Dysfunctional, CO
Mar 30, 2007
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

Allen - I don't remember exactly, but I think I started w/ the slanted sidepulls on the right side of the bolt line near the first bolt, and then I stemmed out to the left and then kind of pulled straight up the bolt line via stemming/smearing and small edges. I do not remember any 'cracks' to do a 'lock' in, so I'm not quite sure what you mean by that. I could see how one could do this route in a variety of ways, all of which are fun, and probably near the same level of difficulty. I am guessing it's somewhere between 5.9+ and 5.10b. Whatever it is, it's very nice climbing. It's too bad the rock isn't taller. It would be stellar if it were longer.
By Dillon Sprague
From: Loveland, CO
May 29, 2007

Great climb- very fun stemming! The climb to the right (top rope) must not be climbed much- loose rock along the beginning seam.
By allen simons
Nov 8, 2008

J.P. "5.9 at the most". Never say never but 13 other people rated this climb 10 a or harder. I will say that I have done an easier variation that usese other holds farther left and farther right. In my opinion both of those variations are easier. Allen
By kyle kingrey
From: Loveland
Nov 10, 2008
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

I always thought this fine route was 5.10+ Definitely harder than 5.9. J.P must be an animal!
By Scott Matz
From: Loveland, CO
Jun 24, 2009

This is a great 30 footer who ever pioneered this route is a genious.
By allen simons
Jun 30, 2009

Scott, my buddy Ned Sparks and I put this up in 1995. First route I ever bolted. We drilled it with a hammer and bit hanging from the rope. I thought Ned looked like one of Santa's little elves tapping away at the hole combined with the miniscule foot holds prompted me to named it Santa's Little Helpers. It is a fun one.

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