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Dancing Hippos T 
Devin's Dihedral T,S,TR 
Infestation T,S 
Le Nouveau Riche T,S,TR 
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Lease Agreement S 
Minstrel, The S 
Monte Carlo S 
New Lease on Life S 
Sea Breeze S 
Silver Glide S 
Splash T,S,TR 
Topless Etiquette S 
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Zig Zag Crack T,TR 

Topless Etiquette 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 85'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Dan Hare and Susan Simpson, 1995
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Submitted By: Walt Wehner on Jan 1, 2001

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Fourth route from the right. This is probably the best route at the Riviera, at least in terms of sustained quality. Fun and reasonably long. Climbs overlaps and jugs up a slabby wall just right of a small overhanging section (Bosch Blanket Bingo).

Near the top, move left to the anchor atop Bosch Blanket Bingo, or continue straight up to a higher anchor (bring a #.75 or #1 Camalot to protect the move to the anchor if you do this finish).


6 bolts, 2 bolt anchor. Bring a #0.75 or #1 Camalot (and a 60m rope) for the straight-up finish.

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Rock Climbing Photo: The route.
BETA PHOTO: The route.
Rock Climbing Photo: Topless Etiquette (09-06-03).  Near the top, trave...
BETA PHOTO: Topless Etiquette (09-06-03). Near the top, trave...
Rock Climbing Photo: Kira, 11, 4'5", near the crux for kids.  Phot...
Kira, 11, 4'5", near the crux for kids. Phot...
Rock Climbing Photo: Peter Dillon at the second bolt.
Peter Dillon at the second bolt.

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By Jeff Lockyer
From: Canmore, AB
Nov 15, 2001

This route is quite nice and continuous, not a very defined crux as there are harder sections for shorter/taller folks. A good route to practice footwork, especially for newbies to moderate slab routes. I had fun on this one and only wish it could be longer. Just as easy to use the anchors to the left instead of going through the blocky quartzite ridge.
By Jake Wyatt
From: Longmont, CO
Sep 6, 2003

This is a nice little route. I counted six bolts today though; the last bolt is maybe two or three feet away from the next-to-last. Is that a new bolt? Definitely felt natural to just head over to the anchors to the left, rather than straight up through the blocky section.
By richard magill
Jul 16, 2004
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Excellent 5.8 sport route - fun and continuous.
By Anonymous Coward
May 17, 2005

Gear Alert
WARNING: The 3rd Bolt from the bottom is loose and spinning!! Is there anyone out there who monitors these routes? I don't know how to replace the bolts, but I thought someone should know...

Loose bolt aside, this is a really fun moderate route. Good moves the whole way, with good protection. It's just as easy to use the lower set of anchors as it is to use the upper set. Watch out for the wet spot near the 3rd bolt.

By Tom Hanson
Nov 8, 2005

Dear AC,

Regarding the "loose bolts" on Topless Etiquette:Is the actual bolt spinning or merely the hanger? Spinning hangers are common and all that is generally required is an easy turn of the wrench. Spinning hangers are usually not dangerous unless the bolt has come dangerously unthreaded. If the bolt itself is spinning, it should be replaced.
By Gary Schmidt
From: Boulder, CO
Dec 24, 2005

Fun route that is fairly consistently good climbing. From the anchors, it is also possible to traverse left over the anchors for Devin's Dihedral enabling you to set up a top rope for that route. (As of today, the third hanger was spinning but the bolt looked good).
By Scott Edlin
From: boulder, co
May 9, 2006

The bolts are fine. Weird but fun route.
By DamageVic
From: Coal Creek Canyon, CO
Jul 15, 2009

Really enjoyed this route yesterday- All the bolts/hangers seemed fine to me. There's a surprisingly good crimper for the L hand just before the 4th(?) bolt. Fun!
By Kevin Gabelman
Feb 21, 2011

Fun w/ some high feet.
By Jim Fox
From: Westminster, CO
Sep 27, 2014
rating: 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c

Lead this today. Really pretty fun, but like some other routes at this crag, the line is a little indistinct. As others have said, no obvious crux but pretty sustained with a few nice rests.

I'd call this "old school" 5.7 or modern 5.8.
By Rob King
From: Lone Tree
Jun 26, 2016
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c R

The top 20ft is all run out but prob 5.6. A "no fall zone". I would say a 5.9+ lead because of the slabby feet.
By Leo Paik
From: Westminster, Colorado
Jun 28, 2016

Rob, gear will help limit the runout at the top, as suggested in the Protection section above.
By lonnie
From: lafayette, co
Nov 1, 2016

I am a very new leader and also very short (5'3"). I tried to lead this route for the first time but could not figure out moves to get comfortable clipping the first bolt. Have other short leaders had this problem, or did I just miss it? I tried coming straight up from the bottom...and then tried to go to the left of the line and traverse in...unsuccessfully. Thanks.
By OriginalMikeJohnson
From: Denver
Feb 20, 2017
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

I climbed this 2/18/17 & I'm 5'8". 5.8 is true to the grade and a very fun lead. Though the first bolt is high off the ground, it's very easy to get to. If you stay left, below the bolt, you can comfortably stand and clip it. Again, I'm 5'8", but at that stance, the bolt was just above head high. Fun climb, maybe a bit over bolted but great for the grade. If you're new to 5.8, do this climb, it's a good one.

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