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Mellow Yellow 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

   
Type:  Trad, 2 pitches
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
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Submitted By: Chris Fisher on Aug 11, 2001

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Mellow Yellow.

Description 

This is in my opinion one of the best cracks on Turkey Rocks. The climb is located in the leftovers area on the south face. It is most easily recognized by the yellow, right-facing flake near the top of the climb. The climb starts around the corner from the offwidth climbs of Ding and Dong. Make a short scramble up to a flat space that is good to belay from. The climb starts with double cracks to the top of a pinnacle on the left. It then continues into smaller cracks to a big ledge. Above you can see the Yellow flake at the top of a thin crack. Finish out above the flake and either climb out on a crack above or scramble to the left for a ways to a walkoff.

Protection 

Standard rack to #3 Camalot.


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Nick approaching the end of the first pitch.
Nick approaching the end of the first pitch.
Justin pauses before the crux of Mellow Yellow.  T...
BETA PHOTO: Justin pauses before the crux of Mellow Yellow. T...
Pete G. belays Ethan Hill up Mellow Yellow.
Pete G. belays Ethan Hill up Mellow Yellow.

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By shad O'Neel
Aug 6, 2003

Stellar. A fine handcrack experience. Watch for a hornets nest behind the yellow flake, inside the perfect wire placement. Continue 40 ft past the ledge for more 5.7 fun.
By Ivan Rezucha
From: Fort Collins, CO
Jun 25, 2006

This should be moved to the Leftovers section.
By Charles Danforth
From: L'ville, CO
Apr 23, 2007

Second (mini) pitch is a lot harder than it looks from the big ledge at the top of the first pitch. Solid 5.7.

Walk off to the east between the Leftovers and Turkey Rock. A little down-scrambling is all it takes.
By Andrew
From: Lakewood
Apr 26, 2007

Did this one a couple of weeks ago. I thought the crux was going to be before the ledge halfway up, but it starts at the ledge with some really nice finger crack moves. And yea my buddy asked me if we even needed the rope for that second pitch..... He was pretty glad he had it.
By Andrew Mayer
May 4, 2014

Easily done as one long pitch with a 70m rope. Felt a little harder than other 5.8s at Turkey Rocks. A few short cruxes but a sinker hand jam was never more than a few moves away. Great route.