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The Bowels 

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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 40'
Original:  YDS: 5.8- French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 14 British: VS 4c [details]
FA: Menendez, Crill, Caylor, Gallagher?
Season: colder times
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Submitted By: Leo Paik on Jan 6, 2009

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The Bowels is the double crack system on the far r...


This is the supposedly easiest crack system in this area as of late 2008. Find this loose, wide, double crack system in a slot. The rock is quite loose and flaky, shedding pounds of rock even well after its first ascent. Squirm into the fissure, stand on loose footholds, thrutch, arm bar, switch directions, and get established about 10 feet up. Silt can and will cover that left jug inside. Find easier climbing until you get to ~30 feet up. Here, there are some decidely loose and threatening blocks lightly embedded in the shifting silt. If wise, move left to finish as for the 9 route (The Short Tour) to the left up to a pair of Fixe rap bolts.

Note, getting to the anchors from above for a TR involves a belayed scramble down loose terrain.

Some may feel the rating a bit stiff (given in the guidebook), but apparently some solo the route (not me).

Addendum: the rating I listed comes from the guidebook. I would up the rating.


Find this as the 4th crack system from the right in this Quarry area.


Cams up to a couple of old style #5 Camalot size or the largest Big Dudes are handy.

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Rock Climbing Photo: The start and the crux.
The start and the crux.
Rock Climbing Photo: Easier climbing and a rest above the difficult sta...
Easier climbing and a rest above the difficult sta...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up the Bowels.
Looking up the Bowels.
Rock Climbing Photo: Dan right below the crux of the climb. This was th...
Dan right below the crux of the climb. This was th...

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By Doug Redosh
From: Golden, CO
Jan 7, 2009

Far harder than 5.8- as are the other supposedly 5.8 - 5.9 climbs in this area, or maybe I am weak and old.
By Michael Schneiter
From: Glenwood Springs, CO
Jan 7, 2009

My friends and I usually joke, half-seriously, that any "-" rating added on to a rating 5.9 and below means that it's really 1 or 2 number grades harder. In other words, sandbag.
By Andrew Bradberry
From: Golden, CO
Jan 27, 2010

Definitely a sandbag in my opinion. I'm not great at cracks or offwidth, but I got spanked on this one. I had to walk around and toprope this route to finish it. The downclimb to get to the anchors is very sketchy with all of the loose rock.
By James Beissel
From: Boulder, CO
Apr 26, 2010
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

If you aren't smart enough to avoid a route with a name like "The Bowels" (guilty), at least do yourself and your belayer a favor and traverse left into Short Tour at the chockstone instead of topping out into pile of loose rock that lies at the top of the chimney.
By Mark Roth
From: Boulder
Nov 22, 2010
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

This almost felt harder than Offwidth Buldge to the right.... Maybe a foothold fell off? Lots of danger and suffering to be had on this one. Probably a BOMB, but also strangely classic.
By Jay Eggleston
From: Denver
Nov 23, 2010
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Harder than 5.8 for sure.
By RyanO
From: sunshine
Sep 12, 2011
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

May be obvious, but traverse left before the mini-roof at the top, earlier is better. Didn't feel TOO hard. Maybe 5.8+ compared to other routes in this area. You have to remember that the climbing here is just downright burly. If you don't come out covered in dirt from head to toe, you weren't trying hard enough ;)
By Sagar Gondalia
From: Golden
Apr 6, 2014
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Easily / comfortably protected with a #1, 2, 3, and 4 BD. There is a lot of loose rock / gravel above the roof at the top. Traversing left to the bolts would be prudent for your belayer.

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