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The Hurricane 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.12a/b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Bob D'Antonio and Vaino Kodas, 2000
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Ron Olsen on Nov 12, 2001

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At the left side of Spiney Ridge is a beautiful panel of pocketed limestone. The Hurricane starts just right of a right-facing corner and climbs up the center of the panel. Several cruxes with the last at the top. Steep, sharp edge and pocket climbing makes this one of the best routes in its grade at Shelf Road.


10 bolts to a two-bolt anchor.

Photos of The Hurricane Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Mike wishing that ledge wasn't so slopey.
Mike wishing that ledge wasn't so slopey.
Rock Climbing Photo: Shelf Road Top 10.
Shelf Road Top 10.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sustained and FUN.
Sustained and FUN.

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By Anonymous Coward
Feb 23, 2002

I loved this route! It is very sustained until the end, which makes it so fun and challenging. For me, being 5'3", it felt every bit 12c... there were lots of reaches that required small (VERY small) intermediate crimping. The hollow flake-ledge with the "X" on it after the 3rd bolt is a bit unsettling, and would be better if removed or reinforced because it has the potential to be very unsafe. Up until the very end, I thought I was going to come off! The last crux, which I took directly, instead of going right as I saw some taller folks do, is HARD and desperate. Nice, longer for shelf, and fun!
By Adam Holmes
Mar 18, 2002
rating: 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b

The large flake with the "X" is hollow but seems solid as long as you only pull down, but not out on it. Probably almost no way to get around using it right now. It will pull off eventually so you may want to belay around the corner to the left and discourage your dog from resting in the shade of that juniper tree at the base. Still a good route worth doing.
By Adam Holmes
Dec 18, 2002
rating: 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b

I heard the hollow flake broke off. But I haven't been on the route since. It may be harder, easier, or unchanged. At least it's a little safer.
By Dan Green
Apr 14, 2003

I climbed this route last Friday, and I must say, that if there was a hollow flake on it; it's gone now. This route is spectacular, and a new Shelf favorite for me. The sustained climbing is great and I feel that it is solid 12b. I sent the route as dark storm clouds and big gusts of wind were coming in. What a way to send the Hurricane. My only complaint is that bolt 10 is way off to the left. It was kind of weird. But other than that the route is perfect! I HIGHLY recommend this route!
By Joe Collins
Nov 17, 2003

This is a very nice route. Great find, Bob! Sustained, but there are some good stances to get the juice back. The move to the anchors wasn't all that difficult, but it is tricky since you suddenly find yourself at a balancey, technical move after 60 feet of enduro pocket pulling.
By Monty
From: Golden, CO
Feb 28, 2009
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

Didn't notice any x'd hollow flakes... must be gone now. Great climb, very continuious, but a couple of rest help. I'd say 12a compared to other Shelf 12b's like Tits Up or Legend of the Fall.
From: Wherever we park!
Jan 24, 2011
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

I agree with Monty - while hard and a badass route, compared with Tits Up, this is 12a.
By Tyler Gordon
From: Durango, CO
Oct 13, 2012

Great route. Didn't think any move was harder than 11b/c (I'm 5'2"), but the pumpinator makes it difficult. I didn't send but definitely on my list for next time. One more thing: was it just me or were there a bunch of dumb cross clips?
By BrendanP Moran
From: Fort Collins, Colorado
Mar 27, 2013
rating: 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b

Super clean, thin, sustained, and so so good. After a dozen trips to Shelf, this may still be my favorite route.
By sanz
From: Raleigh, NC
Mar 23, 2014

What a line!! By far our favorite from our first trip to Shelf. Do it!

12a in the book. Bob said he originally gave it 12c, and folks downgraded it. I don't have a lot of context in the range, but I'd probably say 12b. VERY sustained and thin.
By Aaron Furman
Mar 12, 2017
rating: 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b PG13

Tyler, I dont know what 11b/c you have been climbing lol, but this is definitely a solid 12 climb. I honestly trust Bob's original assessment on this one, but that's just me. This is a beast of a route and does not let up. The mono pockets used for protection are substantially harder for someone above 125 lbs. ;-)
By Adam Block
From: Colorado Springs, CO
May 18, 2017
rating: 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b

Long draws on the first 4 bolts help the rope run smoothly. It's about 11- to there. What's with the weird bolt out left up top that is more trouble to clip than it's worth?

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