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The General Lee 

YDS: 5.12a/b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 55'
Original:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Brian Beavers, 2003
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Submitted By: Spencer Anderson on Sep 27, 2007  with updates from Ken Duncan

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This route is steep, ugly, scary and frustrating. Not for the faint of heart. If you work up the courage you'll need to be fast to avoid death from the evil pump. One rest spot, grip for the good (but not good enough) holds and steep rock technique are needed for survival. Crux comes when clipping the 6th bolt. Watch out for some lose and dirty rock, which may degrade how many stars the route should get but I'm optimistic. Watch out on the ramp leading up the "actual route" it requires more technique than one might think and decking could be a problem if one falls from the top.


This is the third route from the right on the steep wall that is just south from the main crystal wall face. See the photos.


8 bolts and chain anchors.

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By beavs
From: Ft. Collins, CO
Oct 10, 2007
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

This route is called The General Lee, and the description is appropriate. If you have trouble with the start you may want to reconsider - what looms above is not dangerous but it does pack a punch. With more ascents it could become a Poudre "classic". For those who want to up the ante, the variation to the left (Good Ol' Boys) is also worthy.
By Spencer Anderson
From: Fort Collins, CO
Oct 13, 2007

I agree with beavs, this route is great and not dangerous (that's not what I meant in my description), it just looks intimidating and needs to clean up a bit more. When we worked this route over two weeks, with about a dozen total ascents, we got most of dirt and lose rock off.
By Sam Miller
From: Boulder, Colorado
Mar 23, 2009

What does Good Old Boys go at? If you end up with your feet in the offwidth to the left, is that off route?
By beavs
From: Ft. Collins, CO
Mar 23, 2009
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

Gool Ol' Boys is around 12b/c if you use the OW/prow after the last bolt (which has been the "standard" line to this point). If you stay direct all the way to the anchor it is significantly harder (not exactly sure how hard).
By Spencer Anderson
From: Fort Collins, CO
Jul 24, 2009

Did this route again. Still really good. My favorite at the Crystal Wall. Reminds me a bit of Rife with the pocket, flat jugs and pinches. Sweet. Almost four stars for me.
By Lizzy Scully
From: Lyons, Colorado
Sep 18, 2011

Kudos to the people who put the work into cleaning this route. Good job! Fun stuff.
By Dylan Demyanek
From: Fort Collins, CO
Nov 6, 2013
rating: 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b

Three stars for sure. Shorter than the routes at upper echelon, but super sustained. I'd say that it is solid 5.12b - harder than ODK and maybe tougher than Tailspin. A couple bits of loose rock, but pretty clean overall. Basically 30 feet of thoughtful stemming to a large ledge - then straight into 50 feet of pumpy, overhanging climbing on sloped pinches and blocky 2 or 3 finger pockets. Classic.
By Derek Young
From: Denver, CO
May 22, 2016

Today, I almost pulled off a loose bowling ball from the anchor area onto my belayer. Managed to stop it and prevent it from falling. Approx. 40lbs+ that I was able to lower with me. Be careful up top - plenty of dirt and growth in the fractures that makes pieces (and bowling balls) easy to dislodge.

That said, first burn on it today - awesome route. Really like the flow/moves just wish the junk bands between the holds weren't so brittle. Thanks for bolting!

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