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Arm and Hammer 
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Bolt Boulder 
Bowels of the Owls, The T 
Caught in the Slaughterhouse T 
Cavity, The 
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Hungry Man 
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King Cobra 
One of Life's Little Problems T 
Organ Pipes T 
Parachute Pants T 
Peaches and Cream T 
Pin Route T 
Prow, The T 
Rather Fight Than Switch T 
Senseless Meaning T,TR 
Sunset Arete T,TR 
Thimbleberry Jam T 
Thin Crack T,TR 
Tiger's Tooth T 
Tighter Squeeze T 
Tilted Mitten T 
TR Flake-Right side start of W. Owl Direct T 
True American Pinch 
Twister T 
West Chimney T 
West Owl Direct (aka Silly Putty) T 
Wolf's Tooth T 
Unsorted Routes:

Pin Route 

YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 300'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV ZA: 10 British: VD 3c [details]
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Submitted By: Nate Christiansen on Jan 1, 2002

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The Pin Route start at the dirty chimney on the north side of Twin Owls. You will see a blocky ramp that traverses to the right. Climb the chimney to the ramp and start the traverse. Keep going past a pin until you run to a 2 pin belay. You can go straight up from here or do a variation Sky Route which keeps traversing right past a pin until you must go straight up a right-facing dihedral for 1 to 2 more pitches. Either way, the climbing is VERY exposed and is an unbelievable solo and a superb trad route for the adventurous beginner. Descend via through a tight slot to the Bowels of the Owls.

Addendum: There is a somewhat popular variation of P2 called Sky Route, 5.3, PG-13. From the P1 belay, you continue up the right-angling ramp about 20 ft to where you can move left around a flake. There is an optional belay. You can continue on fun, exposed, longer-reach flakes & scoops, pulling to the top. 140 feet if skipping the optional belay.


Stoppers and a set of cams to probably 4" if wanting to lead it safely through the chimney.

Photos of Pin Route Slideshow Add Photo
View of the Pin Route/Sky Route.
View of the Pin Route/Sky Route.
Jeff Gunter enjoying Sky Route. Photo taken from t...
Jeff Gunter enjoying Sky Route. Photo taken from t...
Jeff Gunter starting up P1. '05.
Jeff Gunter starting up P1. '05.
The 2nd pitch, Sky Route variation.
BETA PHOTO: The 2nd pitch, Sky Route variation.
Pin Route.
BETA PHOTO: Pin Route.
Near the top of second pitch, Pin Route.
Near the top of second pitch, Pin Route.
1st pitch Pin Route.  The draw just above the clim...
1st pitch Pin Route. The draw just above the clim...
New sling (black) and stainless steel quick-link a...
BETA PHOTO: New sling (black) and stainless steel quick-link a...
2nd pitch Sky Route.
2nd pitch Sky Route.
Climb down this slot to get from the top of Pin Ro...
BETA PHOTO: Climb down this slot to get from the top of Pin Ro...
Scott & Andrea on the Sky Route.
Scott & Andrea on the Sky Route.
2nd pitch Pin Route.
2nd pitch Pin Route.

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By Jim McGuire
Sep 25, 2003

This is a nice climb for its grade. It's possible to access the traverse ledge more directly, avoiding the dirty chimney. The variation which continues the traverse - Sky Route- is easier but more exposed as it continues out to the west edge and gives a more open view of the valley below.
By Gary Schmidt
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 7, 2004

Did this route today and was a nice way to reach the actual summit of the Owls after doing the Organ Pipes. (Easily reached by traversing left for about 150 yards along the Roosting Ramp). A good route, but even though some guide books call it a good beginner route, not sure I would bring too green a novice up here. There are some exposed traverses on both pitches which are hard to protect.
By Leo Paik
From: Westminster, Colorado
Jan 23, 2005

This route collects snow on cooler, snowier days where more S-facing routes might not. Probably NW facing.

Addendum: Should we have a separate entry for the Sky Route? It has a distinct 2nd pitch.
By Umph!
Feb 24, 2007

Sky Top (5.8) is a nice link up to Pin or Sky Way. In the overview picture it's the right-leaning dihedral below the Pin/Way intersection. It's fun 5.8 that traverses up and left into the dihedral and then pulls up to meet with Pin. This variation is seldom done. (Some "guide" up there asked me, "what the hell are you on?"). I climbed it a few years back and it was fairly dirty, but it wasn't a factor for the enjoyment or climbability.
By Chris Zeller
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 2, 2009
rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c

Led this climb today. This is an excellent route--one of the best routes at this grade. The climbing is no harder than 5.4 as in the guide. Protection is good all around. Bring large cams to protect the offwidth crack on the second pitch. It protects well.

There is only one pin at the first belay not two. This confused us a bit given the description but the crack is obvious. There is an old scar so maybe the second pin fell out.

There is a great rap station (2 slings + 2 biners) hiding under a large block descender's right and just before the cave on the Bowels of the Owls decent. This is much easier than spelunking in the cave. 50 m rope is fine.
By Aaron Stokes
From: Colorado
Oct 4, 2009

Was up on the Pin Route yesterday (October 3, 2009) and added a new black sling and stainless steel quick-link to the chock-stone rap that descends into what I'm thinking is the Bowels of the Owls gully. Posted a beta-photo of new sling and chockstone. There is now an olive drab sling of unknown age, an old biner, and the new black sling/ss quick-link in place. Great route!
By Andy Novak
From: Golden, Co
Sep 16, 2014

The 3rd pin encountered along the ramp on the Sky Route (after the pin route shoots up) is no longer there. I easily removed it with my fingers. It is regrettable this relic is gone, but I thought it was safer to remove it rather than have it clipped and fallen upon.
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