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By Princess Mia
From Vail
Apr 1, 2008
Chillin' at City of Rocks

After spending several days crack climbing we thought it would be fun to do some friction at the creek, so we hopped on Orions Bow. A most excellent adventure.
It is considered a 3-pitch climb; however, no anchors are present on the friction slab atop P1, instead one can easily combine P1 and P2. Start at the bottom of the "bow" and follow a crack/seam (5.6) until it peeters out on the slab. Friction climb up and slightly right past 7 star-driven bolts (5.10) to another crack/seam, where a few interesting moves are required. Follow the seam (small stoppers can be placed) to a stance with an old anchor (needs webbing which we unfortunately didn't bring). Friction left and up past a few more star-driven to a tree with slings at the top of the cliff. Exciting face climbing with some runout places. Rap the route with double ropes.
We highly recommend the route, but it is not for those who like to "sew-it-up". Big pucker factor as one friction climbs 20 feet above an old stardriven bolt.


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By Luke Mehall
From Durango, Colorado
Feb 20, 2012
Freedom

sweet, thanks for the beta. I've always been curious about the mighty Orion's Bow.


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By Dylan Weldin
From Austin, Texas
Feb 20, 2012
Summit of my first tower, the Rectory via Fine Jade

Luke Mehall wrote:
sweet, thanks for the beta. I've always been curious about the mighty Orion's Bow.


Luke, talk to Sam F. about his experience on the Bow... slightly less enjoyable in his eyes :)


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