[VIDEO] “The Great Red Roof” (5.13b) in the Red Rocks

A relatively recent first free ascent by Tom Moulin, this roof crack was a long-standing project for decades, thwarting attempts by some legendary crack climbers, perhaps most notably those of Hidetaka Suzuki in the 1980s.

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The Great Red Roof follows an offset beveled crack for twenty-five feet, yet allows only a handful of jams due to its unique angles. A large flake-jug broke when he started working the route, making the transition into the final sloper-campus section considerably harder. In the end, he used an inverted undercling method instead.

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