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Here Comes The Turkey 

YDS: 5.1 French: 2 Ewbanks: 6 UIAA: II British: MD 2a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 35'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.1 French: 2 Ewbanks: 6 UIAA: II British: MD 2a [details]
FA: Darren Knezek
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Submitted By: James Taylor on Jul 6, 2013
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Nice slab route to set a top rope on for the kids or as a first time lead. As with most Maple Canyon routes the bolts are close together. The route ends at anchors on top of a ledge that also forms a belay station for The Percolator (5.12a). The anchors seemed quite high in position relative to the ledge but were still reachable for purposes of setting a top rope.


When you first come around the corner of the approach trail to the main face of The Early Bird Crag you will see three flakes headed to a ledge directly up trail. This is the first line of bolts on the face of the third flake.


Six bolts to wide spread quick link / rap ring anchors. Due to the width between the anchors using short draws to set an opposing gate anchor for top rope may not be suitable.

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By James Taylor
Jul 6, 2013

The kids really enjoyed this route scrambling up without hesitation. They seemed even more comfortable on this route than in the gym - perhaps because of the slab or maybe because the large cliff in the background makes the climb to the ledge seem less intimidating.