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Prelude to King Kong 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Rob Candelaria, c. 1974
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Submitted By: Ben Mottinger on Jan 1, 2001
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1. Prelude to King Kong
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Description 

P1: Start at the top of the large ramp on the left end of the Dome. Follow a left-facing dihedral to a thin crack (crux) and belay on a ramp at the bottom left of the "A" shaped roof.

P2: Continue with Gorilla's Delight, 5.9+, (yellow) straight up from the belay, or hook left around the roof to a nice 5.7 hand and fist crack.

Descent: walkoff to the left side of the Dome.


Protection 

Standard Rack, #3-4 Friend for P2 (7 variation).



Photos of Prelude to King Kong Slideshow Add Photo
Dan Mottinger at the crux--Sept 15.
Dan Mottinger at the crux--Sept 15.
The "Yote" slides easily past the crux.
The "Yote" slides easily past the crux.
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By Kirill Kireyev
From: Boulder, CO
Nov 3, 2005

Near the top, don't use the sloping block on the left - stick to the dihedral on the right - keeps the level more consistent.

By max seigal
From: boulder
Jan 11, 2008

As of 1-4-08 there is a fixed #0.5 Camalot on the second pitch...an ice storm was moving in and my partner was unable to get it out in time, so we bailed.

By Phil Lauffen
From: The Bubble
Oct 13, 2008

I really like this climb. Maybe not as classic as The Owl, but an exciting finger crack problem, with bomber gear placements the entire way. Since I'm not that good, I took the 5.7 crack to the left of Gorilla's Delight and found a sweet sequence of jams. The Dome surely possesses quite a few gems. GET DOME!

By Chris Plesko
From: Westminster, CO
Mar 27, 2011
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a

More or less a one move wonder, but it protects well and it's tricky to read onsight. Definitely worth climbing if you're at the Dome.