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North America, United States, Colorado, Independence Pass, Grotto Wall

Independence Pass, Grotto Wall. This route, Bicentennal, had been one of the great problems of the talented climbers of Aspen. Its four pitches of F10 were climbed by Steve Shea, Lou Dawson and me on June 5. The first pitch is a long traverse, starting from the obvious pine tree that hides part of the first pitch. Three more pitches go straight up from the top of the first. NCCS IV, F10.

Larry V. Bruce, Elk Mountain Climbing Club