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The Amphitheater
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2nd Pinnacle, NW Corner T 
2nd Pinnacle, Upper East Face Right T 
D.A.'s Route T 
Dialysis Bag T 
Direct North Face T,TR 
Direct to top of Second Pinnacle  T 
Direct West Bench [formerly listed as variation] T 
Diversion T 
East Bench Dihedral T 
Finger Crack (onT-Zero) T,TR 
First Pinnacle SE Face T 
Inset, The T 
Inside S. Face (1st pinnacle) T,TR 
Juniper Crack (1st pinacle) T 
Left Variation (1st pinnacle) T 
Macropsychotic T 
McCrumm's Crack (1st Pinnacle) T 
North Face of the West Bench (2nd Pinnacle) T 
Northeast Chimney T 
Northeast Corner T 
Now and Zen T,TR 
Outside East Face T 
P.S. I'm Blonde T,S 
Pizza Pie Crack T 
Red Gully, The T,TR 
Red Wall aka Raptors in Cellophane S,TR 
Roof (2nd Pinnacle E. Face) TR 
Second Pinnacle East Face T 
Second Pinnacle South Face T 
Shortcut T 
Siberian North Face T,S 
Slot [formerly listed at Direct West Bench] T 
South Face Direct (1st Pinnacle) TR 
South Face Left (1st Pinnacle) T,TR 
South Rib (2nd Pinnacle) T 
Southeast Arete (1st pinnacle) T 
Standard Inside East Face T 
T-Zero West Face T 
Tyrolean Traverse TR 
West Bench Dihedral T,TR 
West Face (of T-Zero) T,TR 

West Bench Dihedral 

YDS: 5.1 French: 2 Ewbanks: 6 UIAA: II ZA: 7 British: MD 2a

Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 100'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.2 French: 3 Ewbanks: 8 UIAA: II ZA: 8 British: D 2c [details]
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Submitted By: Dan Mottinger on Sep 11, 2002

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BETA PHOTO: West Bench Dihedral, right most crack system. Stan...

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  • Description 

    This route follows the obvious crack system up the inside of the Amphitheatre to the West bench. To begin, start near the inside western corner and locate the large crack system. (It starts just below the dihedral) Follow the line up through ledges and chimneys to the West bench. This would make a good beginner's lead as it is well protected for a flatirons route. Pat Ament rates this climb 4th class but I would disagree with this rating if you start in the crack and follow it the whole way. (Perhaps this is just an old-school rating)


    Passive pro is sufficent for protecting the climb. Make the anchor in the alcove where the climb tops out. Long slings help (to thread boulders)

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    BETA PHOTO: WB Dihedral.
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    By Mike Pharris
    From: Longmont, CO
    Aug 3, 2008
    rating: 5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c

    I think the route described here is in Rossiter's Flatirons guide (Falcon) as "Standard Inside East Face" (he calls it 4th Class). It would protect very well with lots of rests.

    The Dihedral route is not 5.1, though probably not harder than 5.4 and offers good jams and stems directly up the dihedral formed with the junction of the first and second pinnacles.
    By Scott McMahon
    From: Boulder, CO
    Aug 23, 2009
    rating: 5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c

    Nice climb, especially for beginners (leaders and seconds). See Jason Haas guidebook for pics and description. Top rope anchors require a bit of thinking as its a jumble of unconnected blocks. There is an eyebolt for the slot, but its positioning is not great for this climb.
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