probably the best trad route at Red Rocks. good clean crack system bottom to top. not a bad pitch on it. the guide book seems to overrate the difficulty, seemed more like:5.8,5.8,5.9, 5.11+ fingers, 5.10 hands, 5.7tunnel thru,5.11 hands. The guide books all say the climb startes 100' on a ramp below Crimson Chrysalls but it is more like 200' (there is a corner 100' below CC that parties have started, thinking it was Cloud Tower)
Submitted by: johnr9q on 2006-04-23
Route ID: 41193
2nd trip in four days....had to show Zach L. the route, we have both been wanting to do this route for so long and just never got around to it. First trip up with Michelle from LA a few days eariler but we did not do the last pitch that first go for lack of the right gear, just had not planned on doing the route that first trip. That last pitch is the feature, no question. Zach and I both asked, looking up, how could a hand crack be 5.11+? Well it is sustained and the last few moves really test your strength no question. We did the whole route in 5 pitches with a 60m, just simul for a few meters on those first two pitches. If I did it again, would rap with a single 70m. Plenty of trees around and pulling the knot in this kind of terrain is a pain.