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YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Original:  YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Mabe
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Submitted By: Darren Mabe on Jan 1, 2005

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This is located left of Mounty. Climb a couple of devious slab moves reach a left traversing big flake. Easy climbing to steep and positive face climbing close to the left arete. One can TR Mounty from these anchors*. Lower about 100' back to the ledge.

  • Also can continue up and right to the top of Aries anchors to access the Contra ledge. #1 Camalot may be nice to make this transition.


UPDATE: 9 QDs, two bolt lowering anchor. Belay in the same spot for Mounty (by the small juniper), single bolt or gear for the belay: #2 Camalot and a clever blue TCU (in lower pocket).

Photos of Vitamin-N Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Peter Dillon at the thin slab move by the second b...
Peter Dillon at the thin slab move by the second b...
Rock Climbing Photo: Vitamin N.  Belay by a little juniper tree; you ca...
BETA PHOTO: Vitamin N. Belay by a little juniper tree; you ca...
Rock Climbing Photo: Peter Dillon at the start of the undercling traver...
Peter Dillon at the start of the undercling traver...
Rock Climbing Photo: Brian Rolfson, around the 1st crux, movin L.
Brian Rolfson, around the 1st crux, movin L.

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By Richard M. Wright
From: Lakewood, CO
Jul 29, 2004
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Still needs a bit of brushing, but the entry moves under the flake are a kick. N.B.: I did pull off several small flakes in the headwall below the last bolt, so some of the rock is a bit friable up here. Overall, this is a nice moderate addition.
By Leo Paik
From: Westminster, Colorado
Mar 10, 2005
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

It felt stiff for 8+ if you go straight up between bolts 7&8. More like 8+ if you skirt out L around the arete & then up. A finger-sized cam may be nice in case the move to the 3rd bolt spooks ya, may be better than bailing & leaving a biner.
By ?????
Jun 5, 2005
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Good route, I agree on the fun bottom moves. Also, exited to the left near the top, which I am sure was harder if you took it straight on. Fun. Please be on the lookout for possible raptor nest above Lunchmoney. I witnessed a large hawk landing and taking off briefly from an area above the anchors for Lunchmoney 5.9.
By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jun 6, 2005
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

This little line was always intended to milk the left arete at the top to keep the difficulty consistent with the rest of the route. The last bolt on the face keeps the rope running straight.

Don't make things harder than they need to be....
By Ron Olsen
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 18, 2005
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

A fun route with varied climbing. The thin slab move past the second bolt was the crux for me. There's a good spot for a red Alien after this to protect the start of the undercling traverse to the left. The traverse is airy and easier than it looks.

I went all the way around to the left side of the arete near the top; this was the easiest line.

You can use #1 and #2 Camalots in a horizontal crack for a belay anchor at the start by the little juniper tree.
By Randy Carmichael
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 11, 2007
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

This climb has it all: slab, mantle, undercling, layback, crimp and face. Be sure to bring a #1 and #2 to anchor your belayer.
By Jeff Welch
From: Denver, CO
May 19, 2008

The move to gain the flake past the second bolt would be significantly harder than 5.8 IMO if you're shorter than 5'9" or so.
By slim
Jul 29, 2010
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Kind of surprised that nobody has mentioned the crater potential getting to the 2nd bolt. I found this to be the crux of the route and had a hard time finding a good 100% stance to clip from. I somehow ended up a little down and right of the bolt and couldn't reach it without over-extending on the sloping feet. Blowing it here would not be a good thing.

Clipping the 3rd bolt was interesting also. The only good position I could find seemed to be something that would be encountered on a 5.10 route. Maybe I was missing something. I'm a bit rusty after not climbing for a few months, so maybe that had something to do with it. After climbing the route, my comment to my wife was something like "seemed like a 5.8 with 5.10 clipping", somewhat similar to Kirkadirka's comment above.
By Ben Cassedy
From: Denver, CO
Jul 29, 2010
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

I'm with Slim. Just climbed this thing today and didn't like the spacing between the first two bolts. Wouldn't recommend for a 5.8 leader, especially as I found the first two bolts to be the crux areas. Also be aware that it's something like 8 bolts and 90 feet, with plenty of ledge action thrown in.

With that said, it was a super fun route. The little undercling traverse at the 3rd bolt was a blast.
By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Aug 15, 2010
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Slim, pm sent.
I will add a bolt above the first when I get a chance.
By slim
Aug 16, 2010
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Wiledhorse, sent a reply. That ought to make a good route into a superb route.
By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Aug 16, 2010
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

This afternoon, a bolt fairy came and added a bolt above the first one to protect the slab, and moved the existing second bolt up a bit, as you get to the undercling flake. This now protects better for the grade. Total bolt count is now 9 protection bolts. Also added is a belay bolt near the juniper tree that serves as a belay for Vitamin-N, Mounty, and Aries. True there are existing gear placement options, for anyone that actually brings gear to this area. Either way, it is just good habit to anchor in on the exposed ledges, eh?

First one up there gets a complimentary biner on the 4th bolt.
By slim
Aug 18, 2010
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Thanks for the hard work in the canyon, Darren. Looking forward to doing this route again some time.
By Ryan Tuleja
Apr 30, 2011

Climbed this route yesterday. Seemed pretty clean and unclimbed. This thing deserves some traffic!
By Brewster
Jun 15, 2011

Overall a fun route. I suck at slab and therefore found the bottom difficult. Be sure to move right after clipping the second bolt. Now that I know the beta, it feels like a 8+/9 climb. However, it definitely felt harder than 8/9 the first time.
By keith story
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 6, 2011
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

The top crux is relatively difficult (5.10?) if you go straight up it. Go to the left if you want 5.8 climbing.
By tom303
From: Colorado
Jun 22, 2012
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

It's pleasant to run into a sandbagged climb in Clear Creek to keep you on your toes. The lower slabs felt like the crux and required zig-zagging.
By Hiro Kurotsuchi
From: Colorado
Jul 20, 2012

Ha ha, 5.8+, really? Yes, there are holds everywhere. Except on the lower slab portion which might stop a new climber completely in their tracks. Then there's the roof you need to go under or over, spicy!

Fun route, highly recommended to lead if you normally lead unbagged 5.9. Not recommended if you're looking for an easy beginner lead - look elsewhere for that, not on this wall.
By Alex Andrews
Aug 28, 2012
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Fun climb, but damn what a sandbag at the start 5.8+ my ass, led a lot 5.10s that are easier.
By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Sep 29, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Right after bolt #2, left after bolt #3, otherwise it feels harder.
By ChefMattThaner
From: Lakewood, co
Oct 20, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Onsighted today and felt much harder the first time. I would have given it a 9+, but then after a second time up (on top rope) and then saw the 9-/8+ in it.

I loved the undercling traverse the first time, but honestly I think there are easier and better feet and hands to the left if this part is giving you trouble. Great route overall, you will be using lots of different skills to ascend this one. Always interesting!!
By Bawdy B
From: Denver, CO
Nov 10, 2013
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

Between first and second bolt is the toughest part. The undercling is a blast.
By Tombo
From: Boulder
May 4, 2014
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

For me, the crux was moving up to the undercling. This section felt harder than either of the cruxes on Lunchmoney and Cheap Labor. That being said, I can see if I had two inches more reach it would be 5.8ish.
By teece303
From: Highlands Ranch, CO
May 4, 2014
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13

This climb was really fun, if a bit surprising in its commitment factor.

I called it PG-13 just because if you blew it before the first bolt (on easy climbing), you'd factor 2 onto your belayer (or tumble into Clear Creek some 50' below if you were foolish enough to forego a belay anchor). The left traverse at the undercling was awesome. Some fairly heady clips for an 8+.
By L Kap
From: Boulder, CO
Mar 24, 2015

Completely agreed with folks who said the slab moves felt super hard and committing. I'm 5'7" and had to get my feet up on some shitty smears with barely any handhold to clip the bolt. One tiny shift in the wrong way and I would have popped off. Not for leaders just breaking into the grade, not an easy warm-up, and if you have little slab experience this will feel much harder than 8+ unless you're quite tall. The rest of the climb is really fun, and the airy arete at the end has lovely exposure. Definitely worth the terror.
By Jon Banks
From: Denver, CO
Jul 10, 2017
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

I think the recommendation to bring a cam for the undercling is unnecessary. The bolts in place felt more than adequate. The undercling is way less spicy than the 15 feet below it.

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