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YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ British: E5 6a R

Type:  Trad, 5 pitches, 800', Grade IV
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ British: E5 6a [details]
FA: F.A.Robert Warren,Jeff Crystal,Steve Johnson-F.F.A. Robert Warren, Jim Nigro
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Submitted By: Jay Brown on Jun 8, 2009
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BETA PHOTO: Topo for Trilogy. Circled belays are what I used. ...
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P1 - this is nice ballsy run-out face climbing to the right onto the arete for a .11+ crux. Sweet! Belay on a face under an obvious splitter crack, 130'.

P2 - climb splitter for about 120', belay on ledge with boulder on it, .11+.

P3 - climb .10 hands for 120' to a crack switch, belay on arete.

P4 - this is the crux! Climb up and through vertical to slightly overhanging 30' peg crack, .12a crux is at the bolt. Then turn into the right crack system of Kachina Wings, 150'.

P5 - climb up big, right-facing corner system for about 170'. The .10 crux is a o.w. layback about 10' over the gear if any...not that tough. Belay under roof or climb the final 40' of easy 5.7-.8 to the terrace. Traverse terrace to the overlook. Drink beers!

This is the best crack route I have tried thus far, but it is shorter than "Stoned Oven"!!! This is sustained at the grade!


Use the same approach of easy climbing or free solo to ledge of Journey Home. Look for fixed nut on wall to the right of Journey and bolts. You must surmount a 5' boulder at the start.


Triple or quadruple fingers, double hands, one #4 cam, nuts, 8-10 runners and 4 draws. 70m rope.

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Rob starting up 2nd pitch.
Rob starting up 2nd pitch.
Me and Jay on top after finishing Trilogy.
Me and Jay on top after finishing Trilogy.
Blake Herrington on pitch 1.
Blake Herrington on pitch 1.
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By Rob Kepley
From: Westminster,CO
Jun 9, 2009
rating: 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a R

Yep, sick route for sure. This was my first trip to the Black! Climbed it with Jay on second day down there. Great sustained climbing the entire way. Better have your head screwed on right for the first pitch. Jay sent it in style! Nice one dude.

By chris Kalous
Sep 15, 2009

You can up the quality of the top-out by bypassing Katchina Wing's final offwidth on a left leaning 5.10+ hand finger crack (see topo). This puts you near the top of Journey home and all but the last hundred feet to the exit ramp remain pretty clean.

By Bryan Gilmore
From: Your Mama
May 15, 2012
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a R

The left-angling 5.10 crack instead of the OW is really cool and deposits you on a great belay ledge. Thanks, CK, for the recommendation. I don't know about you, but I don't think the heads on P1 would hold an (insert Cartman's voice here) Ethi-nopian.

By Stevie Johnson
Aug 4, 2013

When Jeff Cristol and I joined Robert Warren on this route, Robert had already led the first pitch, solo!