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Pirouette 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: unknown
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Submitted By: Guy H. on Oct 1, 2005

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Pirouette in Telluride - July 4, 2010.

Description 

This route is located on the right side of the canyon about 150 feet from the mouth. It climbs an obvious, splitter finger crack in a smooth slab.

This is one of the best 5.7 finger cracks around and a must do for the grade. Follow the splitter crack for about 50 feet until you do a rising traverse up and to the right. Rap from the bolt anchor above Air Arete, 5.10.

Protection 

Gear to #2 Camalot, with extra finger-sized cams.


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John cruising the route.
John cruising the route.
Nathan making moves through the crux of Pirouette. Cracked Canyon, Ophir.
Nathan making moves through the crux of Pirouette....
At the T.R. anchors to the right.
At the T.R. anchors to the right.
Jim Meyer leading on on of the funnest 5.7s around.  Super fun easy climb.
Jim Meyer leading on on of the funnest 5.7s around...
What a nice place to climb!
What a nice place to climb!
A big smile after climbing Pirouette. I seemed to have missed the part about going left and up the chimney.  <br />As you can tell, the crack eats gear, and I was happy to feed it!
A big smile after climbing Pirouette. I seemed to ...

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By Anonymous Coward
Nov 29, 2005

The climb can be continued up and left through a chimney feature. Then find a tree with slings to rap off.
By John Peterson
Jul 4, 2006

Nice route but really pretty short. A couple of #0.5 Camalots sew up the crux.
By bluebirdpowderday
Sep 3, 2009

This route is wonderful. You can find it on the right 200' up the canyon. It starts with 25' of fingers with solid stances for gear and ends with stemming in a chimney. It trends left at the top and into a wider crack system. I love this route....
By S.Mckinna
From: Durango, CO
Aug 23, 2011

Pretty easy & super fun.