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The Legacy 

YDS: 5.14a French: 8b+ Ewbanks: 32 UIAA: X+ ZA: 32 British: E8 7a

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Original:  YDS: 5.14a French: 8b+ Ewbanks: 32 UIAA: X+ ZA: 32 British: E8 7a [details]
FA: Mike Anderson, May 3rd, 2015
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Mike Anderson on Aug 19, 2015

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Description 

The Legacy takes a commanding line straight through the proudest wall at Thunder Ridge. The climbing is varied with equal parts crack, face, slab, and roof climbing, but the crux will test your face climbing acumen.

Begin up the shallow dihedral, jamming, or liebacking. Get a breather on the ledge, then enter the crux, which is gaining the face above the 1st bolt and making your way left towards a blunt prow. The first move off the ledge (getting established on the face) was the hardest for me, but taller folks may find it easier. Nevertheless, several more desperate crimping moves will be required. At the 3rd bolt, head straight up the blunt prow on more technical, continuous face climbing, eventually reaching a no-hands rest on the slab above.

Continue up the slab, making a few tenuous moves high above your bolts to reach the roof. The roof is easier than it looks, with generally juggy holds on nice chickenheads. Enjoy the view!

This should be one of the hardest routes in the South Platte and one of the best face climbs anywhere!

Location 

It is on the Brown Wall between Crocodile Tears and Thunderstruck. Start up a finger-hand sized crack in a small corner, and head for the bolts. A cam or two will protect the start.

Protection 

Mostly bolts (8 of them), plus a cam or two for the start. A 70m rope is required to lower off.


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Rock Climbing Photo: Entering the crux of The Legacy, 14a.
BETA PHOTO: Entering the crux of The Legacy, 14a.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Legacy (14a), at the Brown Wall, Thunder Ridge...
BETA PHOTO: The Legacy (14a), at the Brown Wall, Thunder Ridge...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mike Anderson working on the crux of The Legacy, 1...
Mike Anderson working on the crux of The Legacy, 1...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mike Anderson climbing through the first part of t...
Mike Anderson climbing through the first part of t...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mike Anderson working through the crimpy crux of T...
Mike Anderson working through the crimpy crux of T...

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By Kevin McLaughlin
From: Colorado Springs
Aug 23, 2015

Awesome news, Mike!!!! Congrats are definitely in order. I remember the first several times Glenn and I fell off of this, we knew it was Thunder"s hardest premier route. Then Kevin Stricker was pointed to it, and he said it was Thunder's proudest line as well. I am so glad that a local has finally completed the long awaited first ascent of this particular gem!!!
A personal thank you as well for respecting the South Platte tradition of establishing new routes at any grade in the ground up style. The Platte is an incredible playground. You make a fine statement and indeed have set in stone (literally) your own "LEGACY". Cheers, Sir.
By Mike Anderson
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Oct 7, 2015

Thanks, Kevin! I was definitely inspired by you guys. More details on the send are up on my blog: rockclimberstrainingmanual.com...

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