Culp - Bossier
On Sunday, June 29th, 2008 Tim and I climbed the Culp Bossier. I'll say right out that I lead only about half a pitch. The climbing was mostly face and it was runout, steep, and sustained. Seeing as how Tim leads in the 10's and I'm breaking into the 8s I thought this was just fine. The route took about 6 pitches with a 70 meter rope and included tons of good quality face climbing with two distinct cruxes. The first crux consisted of traversing highly exposed 5.8 slab over to a small roof. The second crux was a 5.8+ offwidth crack right near the end of the route. The rest of the route was primarily steep face climbing and traversing on edges.
Mountainproject has a good write up on the route. I can't say enough about it. It is hands down the best route of its type/grade I have ever done. I would caution people leading in the 8s to bring along a better climber. This thing is runout, steep, and exposed but don't let that keep you from doing it. Also bear in mind that I have a fear of heights and exposure tends to gnaw at my nerves. Expect to spend 4-6 hours on the route and an hour or so for the decent. The approach to the route is casual and follows one of the prettiest trails in RMNP.
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