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Tomb Raider 

YDS: 5.10b/c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 120'
Original:  YDS: 5.10b/c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Zach Orenczak and Rachael Lynn
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Submitted By: Brian S on Jul 26, 2011

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BETA PHOTO: The left-leaning crack is the first pitch of Tomb ...

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It can be climbed in three short pitches.

P1 (5.9). Clip a bolt, then follow a left-leaning crack.

P2 (5.7). Traverse left, and climb over a roof on good holds.

P3 (5.10b/c). Climb a vertical arete to a left-traversing arete to gain the summit of pyramid-shaped rock.


There is a "V" of two crack on the south side of Wango's Workshop. It is the left one with a bolt at just off the ground. You can rap to the ground from the 2nd anchor with a 60m rope.


Traditional gear is needed for the first 2 pitches. The 3rd pitch has 3 bolts. All anchors are bolted.

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By Brian S
Jul 26, 2011

This is a fun route. The first pitch had lichen in the crack. It should clean up with more ascents. "THE VOO: Rock Climbing in Vedauwoo" lists it as 5.9/A0. I onsight free climbed the A0 bolt ladder on the third pitch on 07/24/11. It is hard to grade onsights, but I would guess 5.11a.

Update: I guessed wrong! Given the feedback, the last pitch is more 10b/c-ish. Fine by me.
By Jason Albino
From: San Francisco, CA
Jul 18, 2013

We did this on our last of 5 days in The Voo - a gorgeous day at Upper Blair with zero humans out there except us.

A good warmup to this is to do the 5.8 one-pitch rightward crack next to this route, take a lunch break in the cool nook, and then proceed.

The first pitch felt easy for me at 5.9 in terms of restfulness between harder moves. In our overall fatigue for the week, we missed reading the left-traverse beta for P2, instead attempting to go straight up the left-facing corner crack (guessing this probably goes free at ~5.10b especially with gorilla hands/feet), where I got shot down before finding the correct and MUCH easier traverse to finish the pitch.

With a few slings, one can easily link P2 with the P3 aid pitch (which goes easily after pulling on a couple quickdraws) using a 60m rope. This will get you to the interesting mini-summit, with great views of the other Upper Blair formations. One short rap to the P2 bolts, followed by one longer rap (still well within a 60m rope's reach) will get you to the ground.
By John Maurer
From: Denver, CO
Aug 9, 2015

I'm all for safety, but the bolt on the first pitch is not necessary. The move itself is more 5.7 than 5.9 and is just a few feet off the ground. Gear is immediately available before any further commitment. I'm all for safety and making moderates accessible, but this seems to be a major departure from the Vedauwoo ethic. I'm not an amazing climber or anything, I have been climbing here since 1993 . . . just my 2 cents worth. Beautiful area.
By Ralph Swansen
From: Denver CO
Jul 4, 2016
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

The last pitch is no harder than .10c when holds around the arête are used at the start. Very nice.
By A. Bandos
Jul 4, 2016
rating: 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

The first pitch did not feel 9. The 5.8 crack to the right felt more difficult.
By Petsfed
From: Laramie, WY
Jun 24, 2017

I was definitely wondering where the 5.9, or the 4-star part of the first pitch was. It's a fun line, and I appreciated the bolt, but that move is easier than a similar move on Oslund's Delight.

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