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Yellow Corner 

YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ British: MS 4a

Type: Trad, 65'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ British: MVS 4b [details]
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Submitted By: Craig Childre on Sep 18, 2006
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TRing the yellow corner. Somewhat loose and liche...

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The crux is in the first couple of moves off the ground. Climbing turns easy as you head up the broken ledges.


Look for the yellow lichen covering the corner on the right side of Right Zoo Wall. Start below the tree.


Gear, little run out for a 5 climber low, but it is good.

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By Steve Marr
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Nov 7, 2006

Good route for the grade, but the gear can be a little tricky to place. Many of the cracks are flaring, and the protection isn't as straight forward as on other 5.5s.

By CalebSimpson
Apr 30, 2008
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b

Oklahoma Select gives this a 5.7, why?

By Craig Childre
From: Lubbock, Texas
Jul 2, 2008


I am not knocking Tony, by any means. He crusies most 12's, and solos 10's. So his perception of the difference between a 5.5 and a 5.7 is sort of jadeded. That is, to him, everything below 5.8 is just 5.FUN , and it all sort of looks about the same. Consider this, could you differenciate between a 5.3 and 5.1? I know that I would be hard pressed to.

Really, ratings are great to measure yourself, but nothing to live and die by. I try to use them as a guide, so when I attempt a new route it will fall somewhere in the range of that rating maybe harder, or easier, but somewhere close.

By adampeters
From: Golden, Colorado
Sep 1, 2008
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b

Well, it has been a long while since I have done this route, but I feel the grade is 5.7. I remember never having climbed it before and reading the Chuck's book that said 5.5, I was soloing that day and decided to do it. I felt soild soloing 5.8 at the time, but was surprised by the 5.5 grade. Felt harder than that to me. Two cents deposited.

By Craig Childre
From: Lubbock, Texas
Sep 25, 2008

Good points here.

Addressing one, gear, and the difficulty of placing that gear. This has no bearing of the actual difficulty rating attached to a route. A route being run-out, or having sketchy gear is usually reflected in the X or RX ratings, not the YDS numbers.

I am not sure if that was the inital point, but I just wanted to be clarify, and make this point, applicable or not.

By CalebSimpson
Dec 20, 2008
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b

This route is NOT 5.5. It is definitely 5.7, maybe even bordering some 5.8 moves. Somebody needs to update this rating. I went out and did the climb this weekend thinking it was going to be a 5.5, I was in fur quite a surprise, but did finish it without a fall or take, so I was still happy. The route IS fun though and worth doing.

By Stan Jones
From: Benbrook, TX
Apr 26, 2010
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b

To me, getting off the ground was tricky but not hard. The cruxes were the offwidth just below the ledge in the middle of the route and the slightly overhanging move a bit above the ledge. I also agree with the 5.7 rating.

By bad dude
From: Oklahoma City,OK
Apr 30, 2011
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b PG13

I did this climb onsite, and loved it. we split it into two pitches and belayed the second pitch from the ledge halfway up the route.

By Jason Slay
From: Aurora, CO
Nov 14, 2011

Did this as a single pitch. Agree with the 5.7 rating as there are some committed moves. Doing this again, I would definitely split it up into two pitches due to the rope drag. This would be a great multi-pitch practice route.