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The Right Stuff 

YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c PG13

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 220'
Original:  YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c PG13 [details]
FA: Jay Smith & Paul Van Betten - 1986
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Submitted By: Josh Janes on Jun 4, 2012

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RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. MORE INFO >>>


The Right Stuff is a wild route that climbs a series of enormous flakes on the left side of the Challenger Wall. Care must be taken when climbing and protecting this route.

Begin about 50' left of Challenger at a small left-facing corner. Climb these corners and grooves to an obvious roof/undercling crack. Jam out the left side of this and work up and left on a horizontal. Gingerly mantle up to a massive flake and climb the right side of it (increasingly more solid sounding). At the top, hand traverse left and step up into an obvious right-facing corner. Protect and climb a punchy crux to a good cam in a horizontal and make one last mantle onto a ledge. Belay here or lower to the ground.

There is a second pitch (5.10a) that continues up the right-facing corner above to a wide roof with a large chockstone.


Standard rack with a few extra 0.75" to 2" pieces. Plenty of slings and a 70m rope for getting down.

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By Josh Janes
General Admin
Jun 4, 2012

The pitch 1 anchors on this route were replaced courtesy of the ASCA in 2012. If you use and appreciate updated bolts in Red Rocks, consider a donation to the ASCA at
By Mark Straub
From: Berkeley, CA
Apr 20, 2015

Just a word of warning to anyone considering climbing the second pitch- it contains some extremely loose and crumbly rock, and might be best avoided unless you don't mind poor rock quality and dubious protection as a consequence.

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