Pink Hyena aka Tuck n’ Cover
Route Name: Tuck and Cover
Rock Formation: Devil’s Advocate
Number of Bolts to be Placed: 11 bolts, 2 bolt anchor
Proposed Grade: 5.12c/d
Route Description: Proposed route, Tuck and Cover (5.12c/d, 25 meters), is an entirely independent line on the south face of the Devil’s Advocate Flatiron. The first 15 meters of the route is 5.9 – 5.10 climbing. The final 10 meters is slightly overhanging sustained 5.11 and 5.12. The rock quality is excellent, the climbing engaging and strenuous.
A description of existing routes on the same face of the rock formation, including the number of routes, route names, route grade, type [traditional or bolted], and approximate distance between routes (a photocopy or diagram of the existing route(s) is also required): There is one established route on the south face of Devil’s Advocate, Purple Serpent (5.13b/c), 8 meters east of proposed route. Tuck and Cover shares no common ground with Purple Serpent.
A description of the approach (include approximate distance from the designated trail system, existing “social” or undesignated trails leading to the climb and condition of the trail, and state whether there is a durable surface, such as rock. Include photographs of the approach.): Approach as for the PB Boulders, part of Upper Blues bouldering area. From the junction of the South Shanahan Trail and the Mesa Trail walk 100 meters south on the Mesa Trail, then walk west across the mesa and enter a ravine, passing the Mamoonius boulder and continuing to the PB Boulders on a social trail. Head south from the PB Boulders up a densely wooded slope to a cleft through a ridge of rock that connects to Tiny Tower to the west. From the cleft walk south to reach the east side of the Devil’s Advocate.
If different from the approach, a description of the descent, (include approximate distance from the designated trail system, existing “social” or undesignated trails, a description of the trail condition and whether there is a durable surface, such as rock. Include photographs of the descent.): Descent same as approach.
A description of the area at the base of the climb (include existing levels of soil compaction, existence of a durable surface such as rock, and existing soil erosion. Include photographs of the area at the base of the climb.): Compact pine needles and talus.
Has all reconnaissance work that can be reasonably done, short of placing any hardware, been done? Exact line is well established and the best bolt locations have been identified. The route provides no placements for mobile protection.
Has the route been top roped? Is there loose rock? Is it extremely overhanging? Climb has had multiple top-rope ascents.