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Silver Glide 

YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c [details]
FA: Mark Rolofson and Mark Milligan, 1996
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Submitted By: Walt Wehner on Jan 1, 2001

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    This is the sixth route from the right, just left of Bosch Blanket Bingo. Climb 20' of easy climbing to the obvious, small overhang with a flared fingercrack in its right side. This route is really fun... for about 10 feet. Then it's back to slab. It is not sustained (but not that easy after the crux either), and worth doing if you're in the area. This is easier for tall folks.


    6 bolts, 2 bolt anchor.

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    By Leo Paik
    From: Westminster, Colorado
    Mar 5, 2002

    Key, left hand, vulcan hold at the crux took a few rounds to find.
    By Ernie Port
    From: Boulder, Colorado
    Oct 9, 2002

    Solid 5.11d with no left hand to speak of on the crux pull. Bomber crack for right finger must be used to walk the right foot onto a small vetical stem on narrow vertical face. Crank on right hand hold, shift weight into rock, step up with left foot onto small ledge and reach high for pocket with left hand. Very balancy move favoring taller climbers. The meat is 15' of hard cimbing.
    By richard magill
    Jul 16, 2004
    rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a

    From a sampling of this crag, there isn't much here that is too interesting. The 10 feet of tricky climbing on Silver Glide is cool, and definitely one of the area highlights. The crux seems to be legitimate 11+, although this is definitely an easy 11+ route, given that the hard part is pretty short. Feels more like a V3 boulder problem.
    By ac
    Jun 22, 2005

    Left anchor bolt-nut is loose. Next party should take a wrench and tighten it.

    By grega Albrechtsen
    Mar 25, 2006
    rating: 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

    Fun route. 11a, maybe 11b tops and somewhat bouldery crux.
    By Kevin Neilson
    From: Boulder
    May 23, 2006

    This really is just a one-move climb but the one move is really interesting. I had to think it over quite a while; half the difficulty is in ruling out the obvious alternatives. I also used Leo's "vulcan hold" for the left hand and then did a push with the right to stem the right foot up. After that I was able to stand up and reach the good stuff. Cranking off the finger crack would work, but is much more burly.
    By claytown
    From: Boulder, CO
    Mar 1, 2008

    Agree with 11a. Use good footwork to get up high through the crux. Fun moves and then easy after the crux.

    By Andy Laakmann
    Site Landlord
    From: Bend, OR
    Oct 20, 2008
    rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a

    Ouch. Crimpy left hands through the crux. Ouch. Worth a tick, but do it last to save your tips.
    By Jon Zucco
    From: Denver, CO
    Mar 22, 2011

    At first I thought this was solid 11c, but the second time I climbed it I was able to work out a better sequence in the crux. If you implement good foot work and balance, it's more like 11a/b. Also, my buddy Landon TRed it and found a good mantle variation at the crux to gain the right foot stem. Not sure how hairy that move would be on lead though. After the tricky crux, the grade eases down to very fun 5.10 face climbing. All in all, it's a good climb.
    By Paul Donald Andrews
    From: Nederland, Co.
    Mar 29, 2013

    TRed this with my son today. He got it clean on 2nd try, I hung once before pulling the moves on my 2nd try. We both enjoyed it a lot. It doesn't ease up all that much after the crux.

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