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Tag Team 

YDS: 5.10+ French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 20 British: E3 5b

Type:  Sport, 2 pitches, 115'
Original:  YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b [details]
FA: Bruno Haché and Ron Olsen, 6/24/07
New Route: Yes
Season: Summer from noon
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Submitted By: Bruno Hache on Jun 24, 2007

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    Tag Team is a fun, 2-pitch line that tackles the slabs and overhangs between Toe The Line and Total Eclipse. From the dirt ledge at the start of Toe The Line, scramble right about 40', just past a big pine tree, to a small ledge. There is a 2-bolt belay anchor here (shared with Total Eclipse) that marks the start of the route.

    P1: Climb up left past a slabby corner and a short headwall, and continue up left past a V-corner onto a slab. Climb up to a steep headwall at the fifth bolt, where the real fun begins. Move up right on very thin holds (crux) and clip a bolt on the overhanging wall to the right. Work up to a key undercling, then crank up to the awesome Gunks-like quartzite jugs over the roof. Great moves! Turn the roof and continue up a slab to the first belay. This anchor is just left of the first-pitch anchor on Total Eclipse. (5.10d, 65', 7 bolts).

    P2: Move about 3-4 feet left up a slab, then gradually move up right towards a beige dihedral that is topped by an overhang. Stay calm and climb straight up the beautiful and technical overhang where hard moves await. This crux is really cool! (5.10d or 5.11b, 50', 8 bolts).

    Note: don't angle left on the second pitch or you'll wind up on Toe The Line. It's fun, but it's not the route. Head up and right to the beige dihedral capped by a roof.

    The climb could be done in one pitch, but doing it in two pitches allows better communication if your second has trouble at the overhang on the first pitch.

    Descent: Two rappels with a 60m rope, or one rappel with a 70m rope. With extreme caution, it can be done with a single 60m.


    East Tonnere Tower, just right of the pine tree at the 2-bolt belay anchor shared with Total Eclipse.


    Pitch 1: 2-bolt belay anchor at the start, then 7 bolts to a 2-bolt top anchor.
    Pitch 2: 8 bolts, 2-bolt top anchor.

    Photos of Tag Team Slideshow Add Photo
    Rock Climbing Photo: Taking on the roof.
    Taking on the roof.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Below the second pitch roof.
    Below the second pitch roof.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Andrew Matthews leading Tag Team.
    Andrew Matthews leading Tag Team.

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    By Ron Olsen
    From: Boulder, CO
    Jul 2, 2007

    The original 6th bolt on Tag Team, which traversed over to Toe The Line, has been removed. Tag Team is now a completely independent two-pitch climb: a fun face and overhang on the first pitch, and a tougher overhang on the second pitch. If you're not up for the second pitch, give the first pitch a try; it's really fun!
    By Paul Hunnicutt
    From: Boulder, CO
    Jul 13, 2007
    rating: 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b

    Be careful going over the first roof...I don't think you want to get over and blow the clip. Not a place to fall as you will probably hit the wall below pretty hard. Perhaps this bolt should be moved a bit lower - a bit closer to the lip? Not a criticism, just a safety thought. Much appreciation to Bruno and Ron for bolting/cleaning this fine route. You could also run this with one 60m rope, but perhaps place some runners before the overhang to avoid rope drag. Though if you place one right before definitely don't blow the clip after the roof...I thought the upper crux was much harder.
    By desbien
    From: seattle,wa
    Jul 19, 2007

    Bottom section is cool. I didn't care for the one move wonder above it. Inadvertently pulled out some loose stuff at the top of the left hand crack at the 11 b/c crux.
    By Mark Ferguson
    Jul 24, 2007
    rating: 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b

    Lets do a reality check here - 11b/c? Come on. It is a great route, do not get me wrong. Thanks to Bruno and Ron for putting this up. Maybe it was harder when it was put up due to lichen and loose rock. 10 for the first overhang and 10+ for the one move second overhang.
    By Bruno Hache
    From: Longmont, CO
    Jul 26, 2007

    I buy that!
    When Tag Team was a start variation line, it was not very popular.
    Then it gained popularity when we did it as an independent line.
    It must have cleaned up quite a bit by now.
    Therefore, it probably got easier, however I did not use the edge that Bruce is talking about.
    Or perhaps I am just more out of shape than I thought! :)

    But for the moment, in my opinion from what I felt when I did the first ascent, the grade I propose is 5.11 b/c ...if you go straight up!

    Will climb this route again in September.
    Update: Climbed it today 08/04/07. In my opinion, I maintain the straight up exit is 5.11b.

    By Bruce Pech
    Jul 30, 2007
    rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

    Two enjoyable pitches. The crux on the first pitch seemed like .10c; pulling the right edge of overhang on the second pitch seemed like .10d. Going directly over the roof to the bolt above the lip (which isn't visible from below) would definitely be harder.
    By Bruno Hache
    From: Longmont, CO
    Jul 30, 2007

    You are right, I went straight up since the holds were bigger and cleaned.
    Thus my proposed grade of 5.11 b/c when I freed it.

    One thing I would like to say: The more accurate grade is the average grade that will end up as a classic statistical "bell curve"!
    Strong one day, less strong another day, you are small, you are tall.
    For some people it will feel like 5.11 b/c, for some others, like 5.11a and even 5.10d.

    Take all this into consideration and the statistics sums it all.
    So please people, keep voting, it's the whole purpose of the grading and star voting system on MP, let's constructively get an average!
    By Bruce Pech
    Jul 31, 2007
    rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

    "You are right, I went straight up since the holds were bigger and cleaned. Thus my proposed grade of 5.11 b/c when I freed it."

    Bruno, not knowing about the bolt above the roof, I worked my feet up to the good holds near the highest bolt under the roof and then torqued right to the hold occupied by your right foot in the crux photo. Which illustrates another point about ratings: different people read rock differently -- especially on-sight without colored tape (OK, chalk) to identify the "right" holds. .11b/c or .10d, it's an interesting, if short, puzzle.

    Our thanks to you and Ron for the hard work you put into cleaning the routes.
    By Bruno Hache
    From: Longmont, CO
    Jul 31, 2007

    >Which illustrates another point about ratings: different people read rock differently -- especially on-sight without colored tape (OK, chalk) to identify the "right" holds. .11b/c or .10d, it's an interesting, if short, puzzle.

    Yes, ratings are very subjective to those factors.
    Hence the need for a consensus rating and stars voting system that MP provides so nicely. Thanks Andy!
    You get an average from many perceptions from many climbers of various rock reading abilities, climbing styles and body sizes.

    There are no "right" holds in my opinion. There are holds that fit one person and other holds that fit others.
    The key is that each individual will use them differently to fit their own individual body sizes and climbing styles/reading abilities.

    Indeed, using those holds in a different combination is an awesome short puzzle to solve.
    The discovery of that puzzle is the beauty of onsighting a route and climbing in general.

    >Our thanks to you and Ron for the hard work you put into cleaning the routes.

    You are so welcome.
    Ron and I are glad to hear that you and others enjoy Tonnere Tower for the climbing it now offers to all climbers who visit this crag.

    By Gold Plated Rocket Pony
    From: Boulder, CO
    Aug 11, 2007
    rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

    Fun climb, did it in one pitch with a 70M rope. Can rap from the anchors down to the start with a 70M rope. Don't follow the crack too high on the first overhang or you'll miss the jug over the roof. Second overhang seemed a bit awkward.
    By Richard Radcliffe
    From: Louisville, CO
    Sep 23, 2007

    We thought we were doing P2 of Total Eclipse, but I guess we ended up on P2 of Tag team -- it seemed like a more direct line (lot of bolts up there). Going up the right side of the little roof felt like mid-10.
    By percious
    From: Bear Creek, CO
    Dec 8, 2008

    P1 is definitely 10b, not d. It's easy to get off route on this one. If you head up from the anchors, you end up on P2 of tow the line, 10a. Head right I guess if you want to do the "true route" This part of the cliff definitely feels grid bolted.
    By Bill Olszewski
    From: Colorado Springs, CO
    Oct 8, 2011

    Another great route. The roof is easy, and I thought the crux of the first pitch was no harder than .10b.
    By Bruno Hache
    From: Longmont, CO
    Jul 29, 2016

    In short, pitch 2, use a big right side hold that's on Total Eclipse, 5.10+ variation.
    Climb stratight up in the bulge/roof as per the FA, not using the big hold on the right, 5.11 b/c, pick your letter.
    I am NOT changing the grade.

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