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Shades of Gray Project 

YDS: 5.13+ French: 8b Ewbanks: 30 UIAA: X- ZA: 31 British: E7 7a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.13+ French: 8b Ewbanks: 30 UIAA: X- ZA: 31 British: E7 7a [details]
FA: Open Project
New Route: Yes
Season: Summer-Fall
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Submitted By: Christopher Barlow on Jun 21, 2012

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The name refers to the color of the rock and to the ethics used to establish the line. For full disclosure, there's a good bit of glue on this one to keep just enough holds on the wall to make in climbable. Nevertheless, the route climbs very well with multiple cruxes on cool angles of rock. As of June 2012, this route is an open project.

Start a good bit right of the first bolt on some left-facing flakes, and climb up into and out of the dihedral to a conspicuous hole at bolt four. Make strange tension moves on non-holds out of the hole and into the first crux on the white face to establish below the steep prow. From the chockstone jug (you'll see what I mean), embark on a long stretch of difficult sidepulls and slopers out the prow, finishing with a Hail Mary deadpoint to a flat hold on the headwall. Continue up the headwall on better holds to the anchor.

This route requires very dry conditions as a key crimp in the first crux seeps most of the year. Otherwise, it is a proud line and will no doubt be very difficult.


Shades of Gray begins about 30 feet left of the Track Team arete. The line is just left of the mungy project with a faded red tag and two draws in wet rock, but one begins climbing almost directly below the first bolt of that line.


11 bolts and anchors. There is a mandatory stick clip for the high first bolt. Several other bolts are placed in somewhat inconvenient locations to maximize rock quality, so pre-hung longer draws will help in spots. One will almost certainly skip at least one bolt on the upper prow.

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By Erik Durgin
Jun 23, 2012

Choss limestone + glue = AWESOME!
This route looks so good, Chris! Can't wait to get spanked on it!
By Christopher Barlow
Jun 24, 2012

I never said it was choss. In fact, most of the pitch is on really good vertical to radically steep rock. Certainly, there's a bit of dust and lichen that still need to be cleaned up, but most of the rock is quite solid. The glue, which is on exactly four holds, two of them small and two larger features, is only slightly obtrusive and somewhat ethically shady (hence the name).
By David Heerschap
From: Lander, WY
Jun 25, 2012

My Sika definitely brings all the boys to the yard (not mine on this though)...yee haw - can't wait to give this a burn! Thanks for bolting and cleaning this, Chris!
By Ben Griffin
From: Durango, CO
Jul 23, 2012

Chris loves to glue choss together. That route looks sick. Cascade is awesome. Are you sure you don't want to rename the route shades of spank me?

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