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Stray Cat 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Chuck Fitch and Adam Huxley
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Submitted By: Jay Eggleston on Jun 17, 2013

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This climb is the furthest right on the cliff. The first bolt is above a large roof. This bolt seems a bit high at first, but the climbing is easy up to it. The crux is about 3/4s of the way up where the wall steepens. The rock quality deteriorates a little at the crux. Hopefully holds don't come off in the future.


This is the furthest right of the [four] routes on the wall. The other [three] routes are easily seen from the Catslab approach trail. You can lower or rap off the climb.


8 bolts and a 2 bolt anchor at the top.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Sam about halfway.
Sam about halfway.
Rock Climbing Photo: At the first bolt near the bottom.
At the first bolt near the bottom.

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By ErikaNW
From: Golden, CO
Jul 10, 2013

Climbed this on June 15 - the rock quality is very poor, think mud held together with kitty litter in places. Maybe it will clean up? Long runners helped to reduce rope drag - the route wanders a bit. I would skip this one and do the middle line, as it was much better/cleaner rock with funner climbing.
By George Bracksieck
Jul 20, 2013

Climbed this yesterday with Leo Paik. I think this is the best route of the three at this rock. Everything I touched seemed solid, and I didn't have to avoid using any potential holds.
By Ben D.
From: Colorado
Oct 30, 2013

I agree with Erika, really sketchy rock quality, though, the bolts seem to be in solid rock. A few holds I just had to "trust" the rock wouldn't break off (both hands and feet). Long runners (at least 3) are essential to keep a clean line. We climbed 3 of the 4 routes at this crag tonight, and this one was not worth doing again.
By Lindsay Clark
From: Louisville, CO
Nov 10, 2013
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

1st bolt seems high, but you can easily scramble up (5.5) to clip it. Slings are essential to prevent heavy rope drag. The route wanders, but it keeps the climb interesting & fun! Positive holds until you reach the crux section which is more of a blank face. Stay left at this point. The holds are there but very tiny.
By Chick on Crack
From: Superior, CO
Mar 27, 2014
rating: 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c

I sailed up this, hence my lower rating. I felt like there was only one 5.8 move, and once I stretched my leg to the right and balanced, it was easy. A fun warm-up route with some thoughtful moves. Nice find, gents! Thanks for your efforts in establishing new climbs!

(We did not use or need runners and found the route to be easy to follow.)
By Jim Amidon
Jun 11, 2014

Personally I thought this is one of the better routes in CC Canyon.

Having said that, this is a "real sport route".

Not one with a bolt every 3-6 feet, more like 10 foot spacing which forces you to really think about your climbing.


For the "standard" 5.8 sport climber that frequents CC, you better have a your game on for this one....
By Jay Eggleston
From: Denver
Oct 1, 2014

I think this has cleaned up a lot, and all the rock seems good now.
By Parker Wrozek
From: Denver, CO
Oct 4, 2014
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Runners are key. The rock is not great, and it is hard to trust which makes the route seem harder that it is. The bolt (3rd?) way off to the left I almost went right by, since I thought the route was more to the right.

If you are there to do Out of the Blue, you might as well give it a go.
By Mark Roth
From: Boulder
Oct 15, 2014

There is now a 2nd pitch accessible from this anchor… Top Dawg.
By Jay Eggleston
From: Denver
Oct 23, 2015

Did this again today, and it has cleaned up very nicely.

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