The Sea and Mirror
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The Sea and the Mirror ascends a steep, short wall at the SE base of the Southern Goose Egg, just above the Slab Overlook on the Fern Canyon Trail. While not a must-do due to its length, the route provides a pleasant diversion and has interesting, athletic moves.
Find the Slab Overlook on the Fern Canyon Trail, just past the intersection of the North Shanahan trail. Turn north and follow a faint trail up hill to the base of the Southern Goose Egg a short way away. The trail angles up hill toward the Class 4 gully splitting the twin summit and a steep wall rises on the right of the gully. The Sea and The Mirror is the first bolt route found when ascending the gully and is characterised by large pockets and huecos. Ascend the hueco wall past 4 bolts to gain two cold shuts. The route is pumpy, sustained, worthy. There are two cruxes, one at the initial bulge on thin edges and the second on a long reach across a blank section above the fourth bolt.
To set up a top rope you will need triple runners or a cordalette, as the cold shuts are set away from the top edge.
This climb remains in shade most of the day.
4 QDs and something for the two cold shut anchor.
By Chris Beh
Nov 16, 2008
This is a fun little climb. The second clip is best made from as low as possible or from huecos off left. It seemed like climbing the first bulge from the holds on the left made sense. Climbing this with the holds just around the second bolt felt more like 5.11. Lowering off draws was fine.
By Ted Lanzano
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 12, 2009
Yesterday we replaced all the bolts and achors with stainless-steel, half-inch bolts and hangers. This is a nice warm up if you're heading up to the Slab.
Thanks to the Anchor Replacement Initiative, OSMP, Access Fund and the Flatirons Climbing Council.
ARI Volunteers: Ted Lanzano, Kevin Riley and Matt Samet.