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Soft Touch 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
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Submitted By: William Prehm on May 1, 2001

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This route is located to left side of the Northwest face.

It will be the crack system that is directly right of the large roof. The crack is mostly fist-sized that works its way over two bulges. The bulges are the cruxes of the climb. You can do the climb in one pitch (60m rope), but to minimize rope drag, you can setup a belay on the ledge before the first bulge. There are anchors at the top belay.

Scramble up the chimney to walk off to the left.


I found a #3.5 Camalot helpful to protect the moves through the second bulge.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Me approaching the 1st roof of the climb. The hard...
Me approaching the 1st roof of the climb. The hard...
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Sheldon Wernick completing the 2nd pitch of Soft T...

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By Anonymous Coward
Jun 24, 2002

Just to the right of the anchors on top of the 2nd pitch there are other anchors with chains you can rap from. There is a little warning sign that two rope rappel is needed. We made it fine with 2x60m ropes, I think 2x50m will also do it.
By nolteboy
From: Fort Collins, CO
Jun 10, 2005

This is a very good route, especially for the grade....
By KevinCO
From: Loveland, CO
Mar 24, 2006

If you like traverses (and Vedauvoo has some great ones, i.e. Journey to Coramonde; NE Cutoff; Hair Lip; Captain Nemo; Golden Grief; from EO Lieback to the top of 5.11 Crack; Grand Traverse; etc.), try this: Start up Soft Touch and traverse across the horizontal crack to Screw. It starts easy and progressively gets harder. Fist jams are required and then a very thin and off balance mantle to stem across to Screw. Take 1 or 2 #4 Camalots and assorted medium and large cams (If I remember correctly, I think that I used a Big Dude.). Don't run it out because of the ground fall potential. Protect your second! This route doesn't have the best position, but for anyone that loves traverses, it is worth the price of admission. I believe I had the FA since there were potato chip flakes that broke off at key hold areas. The last 3-4 moves are .9.
By John Korfmacher
From: Fort Collins, CO
Jun 12, 2006

Climbed 6/11/06 with H. McIntyre...the guidebook recommends this for the 'beginning' leader. Pro is good, but the upper bulge crux felt rather stiffer than the given 5.easy grade. Rap chains require two ropes! BTW the other two rap stations (70') indicated in the guidebook above Screw have been removed.
By Petsfed
From: Laramie, WY
Apr 28, 2007
rating: 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a

5.5 felt about right for this, although it took some looking (and a little bravery on my part, my ego wouldn't let me fall on a 5.5) to find the right sequence. If you string the two pitches together, a double set of Camalots #0.75 to #3 with a little bit above and a set of nuts protected this very well. The second crux did feel more difficult than the crux of Edward's Crack, but I've done Ed's so many times that it all feels easy to me.
By jeffrey heddings
From: denver,CO
Jul 12, 2008

Fun but grunty. 5.6 is a better grade. it will still see all the traffic, but parties will be more ready. A great beginner CHALLENGE, and that is what it's about.
By Cory Harelson
From: Boise, ID
Jul 27, 2009
rating: 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a

Fun climb. If you resort to chimneying at the bulges, the cruxes really aren't that hard, and there is great pro.
By Katie Foster
From: Laramie, Wy
Jul 14, 2015
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

I led this last weekend as one long pitch and would say that the 5.5 rating seems too low. To me, 5.5 means it's a great climb to take a brand new beginner on, or would be a great first lead, and I would recommend many 5.6s and 5.7s in the area for a first lead over this one. Not necessarily a good intro route.
By Rob Davies UK
From: Cheshire, UK
Oct 10, 2015
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

The bulge near the top seemed like a 5.8 move to me. In UK terms it's mostly HS 4a with a VS 5a crux. Good climbing, great line.
By Sarah Meiser
From: Boulder, Colorado
May 7, 2017
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

The Orenczak/Lynn guide lists this as a 5.5 but then talks about 5.7 and 5.8 cruxes in the description. Certainly felt harder than Voo 5.5.

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