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The Dihedral 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

Type:  Trad, TR, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
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Submitted By: Craig Childre on Sep 18, 2006

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Climb ledge to ledge, great stances abound. Plenty of backstep opportunities and no hands rests/placements. This route gets greasy, so it can easily psyche you out. The crux is moving under the roof, which looks intimidating from the ground but all the positive holds are solid making this thing a blast for anyone. Only downside, is you can't get a clean fall with so many ledges.


The Left most route on the main wall. The obvious Dihedral


Big gear down low and normal stuff up top. Use a long runner under the roof to reduce rope drag.

Photos of The Dihedral Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Avery cranking up The Dihedral
Avery cranking up The Dihedral
Rock Climbing Photo: The Dihedral on Zoo Wall.
The Dihedral on Zoo Wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing "The Dihedral," Wichita Wildlif...
Climbing "The Dihedral," Wichita Wildlif...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mike with the big cams in tow.  The Dihedral Memor...
Mike with the big cams in tow. The Dihedral Memor...
Rock Climbing Photo: Chris finds a resting place on the Dihedral.  Mar ...
Chris finds a resting place on the Dihedral. Mar ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Chris' first lead.  WMWR, Zoo Wall, The Dihedral 5...
Chris' first lead. WMWR, Zoo Wall, The Dihedral 5...
Rock Climbing Photo: About half way up The Dihedral.
About half way up The Dihedral.
Rock Climbing Photo: Unknown climber on The Dihedral.
Unknown climber on The Dihedral.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking across the main face.  The most notable li...
Looking across the main face. The most notable li...

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By Andrew Tower
From: Golden, CO
Jul 1, 2007
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

the best? i dunno man, the whole thing is slick as snot and I don't think i'd put beginning leaders on it just because of it.
By adampeters
From: Salt Lake City, Utah
Jul 1, 2007

Although I gave this route a 4 star rating, it is mostly for historic value. Don't be fooled into thinking that this route is the best 5.6 in Oklahoma, let alone the nation. In fact, here is a list of better 5.6's that first time leaders can be psyched on:

Yee Haw; Upper Mt. Scott (3 freaking star route for sure)
Side Saddle: Zoo Wall left
Great Expectations; Elk Slab
Large Corner Girdle; Lichen Wall

Get out and do these routes before you slide off the Dihedral grease-fest!
By MauryB
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 8, 2007

I've never heard anyone call it the best 5.6 in the state. All the same, not a terrible climb, but the rest of the climbs on that face are much better.
By CalebSimpson
Feb 4, 2008
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Grease fest? I don't recall this route being slick at all. Climbed it twice without any problems. Second time was on TR hauling up as fast as I could to photograph a climber on Crazy Alice. I have heard this is more of a "Level 2" newbie leader climb though, but mostly because of the ledge and use of runners.
By Arnold Braker
From: golden, co
Mar 10, 2008

honestly, this route blows like gums mcgee. It's slick, it's wide, and it's awkward at the bottem. Yuck. Great Expectations is a helluva lot more fun.

If this is the best 5.6 in the nation, American route developers have some serious work to do.
By CalebSimpson
Dec 20, 2008
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Great classic route. Rating is more around 5.7 now because a lot of moves are polished and the move coming out of the roof is more of a 5.7 move as well. Done this as a second and on lead.

Route can give new leaders a run for their money, there is potential to fall on ledges all the way up, so be careful when protecting. It doesn't hurt to have a #4 on this route either, maybe even two. I think I only placed one though.
By Stan Jones
From: Benbrook, TX
Jun 1, 2010
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Felt like 5.7 to me. Similar difficulty to Yellow Corner, and harder than the other 5.6's in the Narrows due to being off-width and slick.
By Craig Childre
From: Lubbock, Texas
Oct 31, 2011

Point taken on this not being anywhere close to the best state or even area... I have no idea where I'd think I read that from? Great alternative choices for other routes. Now I must contest the assertion that it's a 5.7, because it has jugs the whole way, a no hands stance every 8-10 feet, the crux is all jugs, slick rock isn't a problem given all the back step opportunities.
By Craig Childre
From: Lubbock, Texas
Oct 31, 2011

I knew I read it somewhere.... "The Dihedral is one of the best 5.6 climb in the southern U.S." - Chuck Lohn author of "The Oklahoma Climber's Guide
By JeffL
From: Salt Lake City
Mar 27, 2013

Felt like 5.7+ to me, falls were not clean as mentioned above. It's not really a crack climb, I used more liebacking and face climbing. I'd highly recommend Crazy Alice over this climb if you feel confident at 5.8 and are looking to jam
By C. Archibald
Feb 17, 2014

I finally braved the crowds at zoo wall and led this thing. The "grease fest" comments on here had me a little worried! The rock on this route is certainly more slick than anything at Crab Eyes, for example, but IMO it's no where near a "grease fest." The route is fun and easy. I led Crazy Alice the same day. Dihedral is 2 grades easier in my opinion...solid 5.6. There are good stances throughout and great gear. New leaders should not be discouraged. My buddy did it yesterday as his 3rd trad lead ever.

I led this route and then climbed past the anchor to finish on The Flying Nun. That made for a great route with an exciting exit.
By DGraham
From: Dallas
Aug 3, 2014
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

I don't know what people are talking about, this is a Great route! Is has aesthetic looks to it, great and easy protection! the only thing was it was a little greasy from climbing shoes and with all the ledges there was barely any room for clean falls which would make it a much more scary route if it wasn't for all the enormous hand holds and incredible no-hands-rest stances which make protecting this climb very manageable. enjoy it for what it is, not what you expect it to be.
By Chris Walden
From: Soldotna, Alaska
Apr 8, 2015
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Easy 5.6 with the crux coming right under the roof where the wall is polished and makes for a tricky traverse. Solid pro the entire way. Watch out for bats in the cracks! We had lots of fun on this route.
By Henry Holub
From: Altus, Ok
Apr 4, 2016

Climbed this route for the first time today. The rock on the face is definitely polished but aside from having to figure out a few sequences, the only two places that were difficult for me were the pockets section in the middle of the climb and the last move from the corner to the flake. This is the most unique 5.6 I've done in the refuge.

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