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3 Feet From An Orgy - a.k.a. Fossil Fling S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Dirty Bones S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Flight Of The Trilobite T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Fossil Fuel S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Separation Of Cherts And Plate S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Surfin The Reef S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
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Elevation: 5,300 ft
GPS: 32.237, -104.758 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Craig Childre on Feb 1, 2008
Admins: Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski
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Description

Great spot out of the wind, sunny early and shady late. Good warmup lines here, and home to Mike Gillets "Fling". A nice clear landing with some great rocks to sit down and lace up. The first 20' is a chossy low angle wreck. Some parties spread out up on the big ledge, which gets good sun in the morning and is protected very well from the wind.

Getting There

Hike the trail, take the sharp left (toward Tornado Wall), and just past the big steep slab section of the trail, look for a faint trail to the right (put in for dog owners). Follow the mellow switchback to the steambed trail in the meadow. Hike downstream till the trail crosses, where you go straight across to the opposing wall. Or from Tornado, follow the streambed down about 200 yeards.

Routes

From Left to Right:

1) Separation Of Cherts And Plate (5.9)
2) Fossil Fuel (5.8)
2.5) Flight Of The Trilobite (5.7)
3) Surfin The Reef (5.9)
4) 3 Feet From An Orgy - a.k.a. Fossil Fling (5.12a)
5) Dirty Bones (5.12a)
6) Abandoned Project?

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1. Separation Of Cherts And Plate 5.9 leftmost route, finishs over a small bulge/ overlap. Chains above a nice ledge.
2. Fossil Fuel 5.8 nice face left of crack. Anchors on nice ledge.
3. Flight Of The Trilobite 5.6 gear route up the crack/dihedral medium to large gear. Use anchor on ledge, left of crack to ease rope drag. Great photo op at top of route on wedge shaped chair at top.
4. Surfin The Reef 5.9
5. Three Feet From An Orgy aka "Fossil Fling" .11b/c starts off ledge. Please use a stickclip for first bolt.
6. Dirty Bones .12 ? Shares first few clips with 3feet, then finishes to the right on its own anchors.

These are the routes names when established. The anchor with no chains was the original finish to Flight Of The Trilobite. It was later changed to finish on the large ledge left of the crack. Great place to teach how to bring up seconds. Feb 23, 2016
Craig Childre
Lubbock, Texas
Craig Childre   Lubbock, Texas
Thanks Mike! I wasn't sure on many of these names. If you know any first ascent info I'll add that too. Feb 25, 2016

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