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Puppy Chow 

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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- British: HVS 4c [details]
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Submitted By: Bill Olszewski on Jan 16, 2008
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Squeezed between Pudnurdal on the left and Puppy Dog on the right, this route climbs up a mixture of standard Big Rock slab and brown spots. The climb is oddly bolted; the first seems to have been placed only because it was about time to place a bolt and the next bolt is a fairly heady run out from the first, with the crux well in between. The natural line seems to follow just right of the bolts. Climbing straight up or slightly to the left between these bolts yields a more dicey lead, smearing with little edges for the hands, and makes the climb more like 5.9. After the second bolt, the climb eases up considerably, passing one very new bolt and sharing the same anchor as the first pitch of Puppy Dog. Rappel to descent or climb the second pitch of Puppy Dog.


3 bolts, bolted anchor

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By Justin Tomlinson
From: Monrovia, CA
Apr 1, 2012

Would be very heady on lead. Probably a deck if you fall just before the second bolt, though the crux is a bit lower.

Good moves though, and easy to grab on TR from easier adjacent climbing.

I agree with the odd bolting of this route. The first bolt could probably have been moved several feet up to better protect the crux. There was a decent stance there.

By J Dowd
From: Denver
Mar 2, 2014

This route was put up by an inexperienced teenager in the early 90's, and it shows.