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The Underdog 

YDS: 5.12 French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E6 6b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12 French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E6 6b [details]
FA: Alan Nelson, 1999
Season: Winter, sun until mid-afternoon
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Submitted By: SteveZ on Dec 12, 2013

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The Underdog begins far right at Dog House in a nasty dihedral. One can either stem up the dihedral for half the route or pull up on to the exfoliating face for some thrutchy moves on slopers and sidepulls.

It's hard to tell what was the intent of the bolter. The bolts are easily clipped from the dihedral at which point the climber reaches some large chockstones to begin the decent climbing. If climbing the face, it is difficult to remain off the neighboring Dog Run to the left. The face is certainly harder.

After choosing your own adventure through the beginning, enjoy the overhanging hand crack through the roof to the anchors.

The bottom half of this route is truly bad, but the top half is pretty good and a novelty for CCC, so maybe it's worth a try.


This is the furthest right route at Dog House. Start up the dihedral to an overhanging handcrack at the top.


9 bolts to two bolt anchor.

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By Mark Rolofson
4 days ago

Like most routes at the Dog House, this route was established by Alan Nelson in July 1999. Please refer the 2006 edition of Clear Creek Canyon Sport Climber's Guide. The best way to start this route is to do the bottom half of "Dog Run" for 5 bolts (5.11), then move right for the upper 5 bolts of "Underdog". I call this link-up "Run Underdog" in the guidebook. I am uncertain who did the FA of this variation. Run Underdog avoids the big chimney that Underdog starts up, making it more pumpy. I avoid stepping right into the chimney where the climb joins Underdog. This is one of my favorite routes at the Dog House.

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