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Knots Landing S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Mistake T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
Type: Sport, 50 ft
FA: Vern Phinney and Dennis Laughlin
Page Views: 436 total · 2/month
Shared By: Peter Gram on Jul 25, 2002
Admins: Andrew Gram, Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Andy Busse, Mike Madsen, Mark Rafferty

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This route climbs directly up from the lake. Follow the trail next to Sylvan Lake until the tunnel. This route is the last rock that you can reach before taking the stepping stones over to the dam on the right.

Climb up the rib on the left side of the rock. This is just left of a black water groove. Pull through the bulge at the top with a piton in the horizontal for protection. This route shares fixed anchors with Fair Game. One rope rappel. Try not to fall on a tourist!


3 bolts and 1 piton.


Wilson On The Drums
Woodbury, MN
Wilson On The Drums   Woodbury, MN
really fun. didn't stick w/ it, bad feet for the crux... gotta come back for the RP Jan 17, 2013
Great route.... Oct 31, 2009
Actually that is not the correct story. I was belaying Vern on the climb. Vern's rope came untied (bowline) and fell off when he was in the middle of the crux, with a bolt slighly below his waist. He grabbed the sling and clipped in. I tossed him the rope from the gully to the left of the climb, and he lowered off. I went up and after a couple of falls, finished the route.

Dennis Laughlin Jul 21, 2005
This route was first climbed by Vern Phinney. It got it's name fom when the rope tied to Vern came untied and fell to the ground. This happened when Vern was pulling through the crux. So Vern soloed the crux, got above it and through som contortions had the rope tossed to him to finish the route. Aug 7, 2002