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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 85'
Original:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Richard Rossiter and Raoul Rossiter, 2000
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Submitted By: Ron Olsen on Aug 1, 2002

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Myself on Supernatural. This line is great!

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  • Description 

    Start just left of Strange Science on a platform below a huge boulder.

    Climb a stepped face, go left to a corner, layback up to a ledge, and fire up a steep headwall.

    Excellent climb with several hard moves.


    7 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor. The route is 85' long.

    Photos of Supernatural Slideshow Add Photo
    Rock Climbing Photo: Supernatural and Strange Science.
    BETA PHOTO: Supernatural and Strange Science.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Tally & Ellen O'Donnell on Supernatural.
    Tally & Ellen O'Donnell on Supernatural.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Jim Garber laybacking the corner by the fourth bol...
    Jim Garber laybacking the corner by the fourth bol...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Kevin down low.
    Kevin down low.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Pulling hard at the final bolt.
    Pulling hard at the final bolt.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Steve Monks high on Supernatural.
    Steve Monks high on Supernatural.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Steve Monks low on Supernatural.
    Steve Monks low on Supernatural.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Mico Alejandro, who is shown here sporting his fav...
    Mico Alejandro, who is shown here sporting his fav...

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    By Ivan Rezucha
    From: Fort Collins, CO
    Oct 25, 2003
    rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

    I placed green and yellow Aliens between some of the bolts. When there are cracks I bring gear, even on sport climbs. (Explaining, not complaining, although a couple of the bolts are unnecessary.)
    By Anonymous Coward
    Nov 8, 2004

    This route is awesome and a must-do if you're at the Avalon. I don't know why it wouldn't get at least 2 stars. There's 2 bolts that are not necessary, as gear will protect their moves but the climbing is awesome.
    By Tony B
    From: Around Boulder, CO
    Jul 27, 2005
    rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

    Pretty solid climbing and probably like most at the cliff in that it is over graded at least a tad. Nice climb though, with good rock and fun moves. A lot of variety in the holds and moves keeps it interesting. Could get pumpy if you spent a lot of time trying to figure it out.
    By ac
    Sep 23, 2005

    Young Doug...[Didn't] know the name when we did it. Thought it to be .10c/d-ish. Maybe my ape-index helps, but certainly there are no moves here that would be considered .11a..again, I must consider other benchmark routes at the grade. I am not a cutting-edge climber, but have 20+ years climbing in the Boulder area. I say that to lend some credentials to my stance on the grades. I would say this is a nice pitch, and well worth doing if you are up there..after all Boulder Canyon is a lot about quantity of routes in a day.
    By M. Morley
    From: Sacramento, CA
    May 26, 2007

    One of the best lines at the cliff! A TCU/Alien just below the 5th bolt is comforting if you're too short to make the clip from the ledge.
    By claytown
    From: Boulder, CO
    Sep 2, 2007

    Good route with varied climbing. Even a little bit of finger crack underclinging. Not an 11 but still a worthwhile climb to do.

    By patrick kadel
    Jul 14, 2008
    rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

    I am short, Alien not needed. High left foot and and good crimp in the crack allows to go up, clip the bolt and lower back down to the restful stance. The move is secure and quicker than placing an Alien a foot below a bolt.
    By percious
    From: Bear Creek, CO
    Jun 10, 2010
    rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

    This climb is not to be missed. Interesting climbing the whole way, and while the bolted crack probably detracts from the climb, most people would just skip it rather than bring one piece of gear, so it seems justified. Interesting moves up top with insecure feet on steep terrain, but it's definitely all there.
    By nicholas patterson
    Sep 11, 2012

    This is a great route. I found the bottom three bolts to be thought provoking and balance intensive; while the top is powerful for an onsight.
    As far as the grade, I'd say it's .11a if Free Willie is, which I found to be considerably less difficult.
    By Christina kalb
    From: Boulder, CO
    Jun 3, 2013
    rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

    I didn't use any additional gear. The guidebook says to bring a few small cams. They may be useful between bolts 3 and 4 and 4 and 5 if you are shorter. For me, a fall before clipping bolt 4 would have been a hard swing into the wall below, and I couldn't reach bolt 5 from the ledge. I also had difficulty reaching some of the holds in bolts 6 to 7 section. I suspect those who are shorter are the ones who rate the climb 11. If you are taller, it will seem easier.
    By Jon H
    From: MD/DC
    Jul 21, 2013

    Hands down, the best route at Middle Tier. Three dimensional climbing, spicy runouts, cool transitions as you work around the arete... this route has it all. Way better, IMHO, than Strange Science, Riptide, or Freefall.
    By michalm
    From: Boulder, CO
    May 16, 2017
    rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

    Great all-gear route! PG-13 with a set or two of Aliens and small offset cams. I took the contrived but fun indirect start next to the bolts, but you could also use a dirty direct start in a lichen-covered corner just to the left.

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