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Byrontosaurus 

YDS: 5.8- French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 14 British: VS 4c

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 85'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8- French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 14 British: VS 4c [details]
FA: Tom Kohlmann and Byron ?
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Tom Woods on Sep 16, 2008

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Tom on the right of 2 bolted lines on this face.

Description 

This route is located on the north face and near the west end of the Little Fin, which is just downhill from the Fin, and just uphill from the west-most arete located on the Little Fin. Find the pine tree at the bottom of the north face of the Little Fin and scramble up the rocky ledges located to the right of the tree.

Start the route by working from right to left on the diagonal ledge that heads up towards the first bolt (which is about 20 feet off the deck). Follow the well-placed and nicely spaced bolts slightly leftwards and upwards through a slight bulge and steep section. The angle of the climb backs off as you ascend.

There are many nice flakes and positive ledgy holds on the way up. Beware holds popping off or breaking, however, as this is a new route and some of the rock (especially in the lower section) feels/sounds hollow. The route should clean up nicely as it sees more traffic. A very good climb for the moderate leader.

When being lowered or rappelling down from the anchors, work right to avoid winding up in the pine tree below the route. Medium to large cams can be used to build an anchor system for the belayer on the ledge system west of the pine tree.

Location 

This is downhill from the Fin, and directly across from Left Hand Rock (and Triceratops and T-Rect).

Protection 

7 bolts and two twist link anchors at top.


Photos of Byrontosaurus Slideshow Add Photo
Cindy Martinson climbing up the lower section of Byrontosaurus while Isabelle contemplates Long's Peak.
Cindy Martinson climbing up the lower section of B...
Cindy Martinson top-roping up Byrontosaurus, just above the crux.
Cindy Martinson top-roping up Byrontosaurus, just ...
The pine tree near the bottom of Byrontosaurus.
The pine tree near the bottom of Byrontosaurus.
April looking at Long's from the rock at the start of Byrontosaurus.
April looking at Long's from the rock at the start...

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By Blake C
From: Estes Park and Gunnison, CO
Aug 4, 2012
rating: 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c

The tree at the base is kinda in the way when it comes time to rappel or to be lowered.