After taking photos of those climbers bouldering near Spring Brook a few weeks ago, I thought I'd head over to the trail across from the routes at Eldorado Springs Canyon.
I'm across from Redgarden Wall seeing a pair of climbers going up a pretty typical route. Not that it's easy, I just see somebody on that route almost every time.
I'm scanning the wall and see a trio way over to the left. Must have been hot as a sumb!tch facing the sun. I was in the shade sweating.
I started taking pics of them as blue shirt was leading towards that overhang.
He inched his way up higher and higher.
And there he was for the next hour. He managed to get on the protection over his head, then he'd get over onto the overhanging wall to try to get up and over that lip. But he just couldn't complete the crux move I guess you'd say.
He'd get real close then come off the wall straight down POW! and be hanging off his rope. He'd gather his wits about him, start all over again, swing back and forth on the rope to get over to the wall and start making his way up again--sort of like the bouldering climbers were a few weeks ago--only this time maybe 400 feet above the floor below.
I don't know if he ever made it but his partners were roasting in the sun as he attempted it again. And again and again. Questions:
1) What route is this? I Googled and got route descriptions but not exactly where the routes are. This surely has to be a highly rated route if nothing else for this ridiculously hard move up and over.
2) From a climber's perspective, how many times can you come off your handholds and POW! be hanging off your protection which is straight above you and not demoralized?
3) And how many times can you reasonably come straight down from that protection before it works its way out?
He had another 10 feet to fall if that one came out.
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