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Smooth as Silk 

YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b PG13

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 340'
Original:  YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b PG13 [details]
FA: Jay Smith, Paul Crawford, Randal Grandstaff, Dave Diegleman 1981
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Submitted By: Mostafa Noori on Feb 19, 2014

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BETA PHOTO: Pitch 2 take the hand crack

RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. MORE INFO >>>


This is a great route surrounded by many classics.

Pitch 1: 160' 5.10d Take the thin line placing ok pro until you reach a good ledge for your first bomber cam. Continue to the corner and follow that up to an anchor on the right at the base of nice crack.

Pitch 2: 180' 5.10a This pitch has everything from good'ol red rock crimps to fist jams. Take the right splitter hand crack. At about three quarters of the way up begin to use the twin cracks. Make your way up and left to an anchor. Careful going to the anchor there is loose rock.

Descent: 2 double rope rappels


Far Left side of Black Velvet Wall between Spark Plug/Cutting Edge and Refried Brains. Just right of a leaning obelisk.


Single Rack to #3, Double .4-1, RP's (Optional Extra: .4 and 2)

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By Mostafa Noori
From: Fresno, CA
Feb 19, 2014

Took my first fall on passive gear on this thing and it was a HB Brass Offset #1! Good Times.
By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
Feb 19, 2014

a #1 brassie?! Dude, talk about some brass! nice work!
By Xavier Wasiak
From: Las Vegas, NV
Feb 19, 2014

Great lead. I remember climbing the first pitch only and thinking it was quite heady. There was an old white sling stuffed in a crack that I clipped into as pro but I could not tell how it was being held in the crack. Slick as snot rock as I recall, reminiscent of Alcohol Wall. Never climbed the second pitch. Nice write up!
By Cimbing Ivy
From: bay area, CA
Feb 24, 2014

what an awesome climb! 2nd pitch is as good as Creek's Blue Sun with similar leaning twin cracks and left dihedral finish. in a way it feels harder than Blue Sun due to lack-of-traffic looseness.
By -robin-
Mar 13, 2014
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

Excellent Route, deserves far more traffic! First pitch is techy and the second pitch a bit burly, the perfect mix. Someone oughta put a route on the varnished face above the first anchor, it looks so neat, maybe next time... Beware the right hand finish, its a bit snappy, and the ledge doesn't offer anything inspiring for a solid anchor(ah, red rocks, how I missed you)instead take the left crack(as suggested by the OP, but Handren's description is a bit fuzzy) to the ledge and belay and rap from there.
By Brandon Gottung
From: Moab, UT
May 5, 2017

Two absolutely classic Red Rock pitches, both full value and memorable! Another route that could clean up from some more traffic. Bring your RPs, especially the small ones!

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