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Keyhole Route 

YDS: 4th French: 1 Ewbanks: 2 UIAA: I ZA: 2 British: M 1b

   
Type:  Trad, 100'
Consensus:  YDS: 4th French: 1 Ewbanks: 2 UIAA: I ZA: 2 British: M 1b [details]
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Submitted By: Bosier Parsons on Sep 22, 2010

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Looking down through the Keyhole.
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Description 

The Keyhole Route climbs up the West Face of Keyhole Rock, up to and under the arch that gives the formation its name. The guidebook calls this 3rd or 4th class. I thought it seemed a bit harder, like maybe even 5.6 or so. It's a cool climb to do, but there's no protection. So, either free-solo it as I did, or if you're bringing a partner, expect to free-solo on lead and just drag the rope up with you. Approach from the north end of Keyhole Rock and traverse a ledge system along the West Face. Start down and to the left of the arch.

Descend by downclimbing a gully to the north, which passes below Ziggy Stardust. You might also be able to descend by going up and over to the east side, but I'm not sure because when I climbed this, it was Fall and there was a little snow up there.


Protection 

None.



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Just below the start of the Keyhole Route.
Just below the start of the Keyhole Route.
West Face and north end of Keyhole Rock.  The Keyhole Route climbs the slab up to and through the obvious arch.
West Face and north end of Keyhole Rock. The Keyh...
Looking down through the Keyhole.
Looking down through the Keyhole.
Looking up at the Keyhole from the north.
Looking up at the Keyhole from the north.
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