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Tropical Depression  

YDS: 5.11+ French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 24 British: E4 6a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
Original:  YDS: 5.11+ French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 24 British: E4 6a [details]
FA: Garrett Reigan Eric Wright, Ariel Wiertenberger
New Route: Yes
Season: Any rainy day
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Submitted By: Eric Wright on Sep 3, 2013

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Winding up for the crux lunge.


This is one of the driest route in Ouray, certainly for the grade. It's a squeeze job in between our other route to the right, Dirty Rotten Scoundrel and the outstanding Ze Boom Boom Room to the left. When everything else is dripping wet, this one is often dry, and it faces south, so it dries quickly if it's been pouring out. Further, unlike some other steeper routes in the alcove that also might be dryish, the anchors on this climb do not become wet before the rest of the route. So, if it's raining out, don't despair.


This route is in the Alcove area on the Pool Wall in Ouray.


It has its own starting bolt. Then it shares two bolts on the climb to the right. Then it has its own nasty, left handed throw to a friendly hold. Tall, skinny people will love this. Also, people that like to climb even when everyone else is whining about the rainy weather will love this. The bolts are stainless steel Fixe 3/8" 3.5 inch.

There is a three bolt anchor at the top. The chains are too skinny as of August 2013 and will get up graded.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Hard at working lifting the mood.
Hard at working lifting the mood.
Rock Climbing Photo: Moving left to crux.
Moving left to crux.
Rock Climbing Photo: Girl will drill for food.  Skinny guy will hurl hi...
Girl will drill for food. Skinny guy will hurl hi...

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By Highlander
From: Ouray, CO
Oct 5, 2013

I would not chain my dog up with those skinny chains, lol. First bolt not in the best position, could load the biner over the edge if someone fell on it.
By Eric Wright
From: Telluride CO.
Oct 8, 2013


You must have a really big dog.

I totally agree with you. Those chains were the wrong ones dragged out of the back of the truck. Oops. There is three of them though?!
At any rate, they need to be changed out. I will nag Garrett about that again.

If you change them, I will pay you for the chain and links and buy you a beer.

And belay you for a burn on your project:-)
By Eric Wright
From: Telluride CO.
Oct 8, 2013

As for the first bolt, Garrett put all the bolts in and hung all the gear. I helped from the ground. I can't micro manage everything(especially not him).

In addition, that rock is crazy chossy, you can't just bolt where you want, but I agree a fall at the first bolt could wreak a biner. If you tap with your hammer around that area, you will not find much solid rock.

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