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Abandonment T 
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Beach Bum T,S,TR 
Birthday Suit T,S,TR 
Bosch Blanket Bingo S 
Chouette T,S 
Dancing Hippos T 
Devin's Dihedral T,S,TR 
Infestation T,S 
Le Nouveau Riche T,S,TR 
Le Nouveau Riche Variation T,TR 
Lease Agreement S 
Minstrel, The S 
Monte Carlo S 
New Lease on Life S 
Sea Breeze S 
Silver Glide S 
Splash T,S,TR 
Topless Etiquette S 
Unknown Trad Line T 
Zig Zag Crack T,TR 


YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Trad, Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 85'
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Stef Striech and Rob Stanley, 1997
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Submitted By: Kreighton Bieger on May 2, 2001

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Matt leading Splash.

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    Once the farthest right line at the this is probably 4th or 5th route from the right. Identify a high bolt that works up and right over some blocky stuff, then up a slab with horizontal cracks, then finishes up a small headwall onto some choss at the top. High quality granite and nice, easy gear placements make this one safe and well bolted in my opinion.

    Eds. Actually, there is another natural line to the left of this route...and now even bolted lines, too.


    Five widely spaced bolts to a good anchor that could easily be reached for toproping. A few small cams and midsize nuts will protect the runouts here. Good lead for the 5.7 or so leader who is just starting to place gear.

    Eds. There are now 2 Metolius rap hangers each with 2 links for the anchors.

    Photos of Splash Slideshow Add Photo
    Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down from the anchor.
    BETA PHOTO: Looking down from the anchor.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Chris high on lead.
    Chris high on lead.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Chris making a Splash.
    Chris making a Splash.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Kiran on his first roped climb!  Age 4.
    Kiran on his first roped climb! Age 4.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Annette seconding Splash.
    Annette seconding Splash.

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    By Jeff Lockyer
    From: Canmore, AB
    Nov 15, 2001

    I only counted 4 bolts, but there are many places for gear in between the bolts. A decent line for a new leader as the bolts are easily supplemented with gear (#0.75 Camalot and smaller). Anchor at top does not have any rap rings placed on it so watch your rope on this one, or just walk off to the right and walk the 50' to the ground.
    By ClimbandMine
    Feb 5, 2002

    There's definitely 5 bolts on the route, all right where you'd want them. This route is a fun romp up a slab, with beautiful moves. I'd give it two or three stars, personally, but then I just love runout granite slab routes. It was a hoot!
    By Roy Stedman
    Jul 3, 2003

    I put in one pink tricam more or less for the heck of it. Otherwise the bolts (yes, 5), were plenty.
    By Gary Schmidt
    From: Boulder, CO
    Oct 13, 2003

    A fun beginner practice lead with some variety to make you think. You can either run it out a bit between bolts or have fun practicing placing pro inbetween,which is probably a good idea anyways in a couple of spots. Nice play to go if short on time as approach is easy as well.
    By Chris Meloche
    Nov 20, 2003
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    This is a nice little route. A great warmup for other climbs at the Riv. I gave it a 5.7, but it's just barely so. It could just as easily get a 5.6. There is a nice variety of moves, and they are all very well protected. I agree with the concensus that a few pieces of gear are helpful if you're not too confident.
    By Anonymous Coward
    May 17, 2005

    WARNING: The Anchors at the top Spin!! Somebody should check them out, as I'm not an expert...

    I already posted this comment on the Chouette (5.6) route, but since these routes share the same anchor, I thought I would post it here too, just in case.

    The route itself is really nice for beginners (like myself). If you can do Chouette, you can do this one too. It's not as run out as Chouette, but you can place pro if you feel the need.

    By Scott Edlin
    From: boulder, co
    May 9, 2006
    rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

    There are enough gear placements that this could probably be led more safely on all gear than on all bolts with no gear. Next time I'm up there I'll try it and see.
    By Mark Griffin
    From: Boulder, CO
    Jun 9, 2007

    Yeah, the hangers do spin, but the bolts seem to be solid enough.
    By J. Fox
    From: Black Hawk, CO
    Nov 5, 2007

    I too only found 4 bolts...hmmm?
    By fasteddyp1
    Oct 30, 2010

    Just went there today, and there are two new bolted routes to the right of Splash. I was there a month ago, and they were not there. So, no longer is Splash the furthermost route to the right. The starts are a little tricky, especially if you stay to the right of the bolt on the route to the right of Splash. If I were to guess, I would say a few 5.9 moves then gets easier on the way up.
    By enealhoya
    Jun 25, 2011

    Anchors still seem sketchy/loose/weathered to me. Tons of traffic on this route.
    By Joshinator
    From: Longmont, Colorado
    May 6, 2012

    Any word on the anchor situation lately?
    By Greg Hand
    From: Golden, CO
    May 30, 2012

    I checked the anchor today. The bolts cannot be tightened, because they are Rawls and will not tighten. They looked good other than the hangers being loose. I added a 3rd bolt to give everyone warm fuzzy feelings. Especially since these are popular beginner routes.
    By John Tex
    From: Estes
    Mar 19, 2013
    rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

    3rd route from the right now, the second being Infestation (5.9) and Monte Carlo (5.6). Three bolts at the anchors as Greg said that I can confirm worked very well and can be used for a toprope safely.

    5 bolts on the way to the anchors with a bit of a runout between the second and the third. Done without a rack pretty safely for a confident climber as the climbing between the runout is easy, much like Chouette to the left.
    By Jay Eggleston
    From: Denver
    Oct 30, 2013
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    Definitely five bolts on this one.
    By goingUp
    From: over here
    Aug 7, 2014
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    Can be done on gear relatively safely. I clipped two bolts, the first and the last, and could have probably done without either.
    By Jim Fox
    From: Westminster, CO
    Aug 16, 2014
    rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

    Lead this today. Placed a few pieces of gear for peace of mind but could have done with less (or none). Kind of a weird route but actually pretty fun. I bypassed the "choss" at the top by traversing right on a nice ledge and finishing on the last 2 bolts of Infestation. Fair amount of rope drag but a nicer finish and lowered off Mussey hooks (so we could toprope Infestation).

    Not a bad route & long (used almost all of our 60m rope to do it and lower). I'd rate it 5.6 . Really didn't seem like 5.7 to me.
    By Bruce Hildenbrand
    Jun 18, 2015

    Dale Haas and I replaced the five protection bolts on this climb and two anchor bolts(shared with Chouette) with 3/8" SS Powers Power-Bolts (AKA 5-piece). We added SS quicklinks and rings to the anchor.

    The hardware for this project was provided by the American Safe Climbing Association(ASCA - They appreciate your support.

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