Type: Trad, TR, 50 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Michael Komarnitsky on Dec 31, 2000
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Access Issue: Rim Rock Trail Closure Details


Climb the crack running up and slightly left, just to the right of Deck Chairs on the Titanic. This is a good primer for hand jamming technique.


Hexes, stoppers. For TR, a #7 stopper, and some medium length slings will set you right. There is a 2 bolt Fixe anchor with rings.
Nice little climb to do with friends that haven't climbed a lot, because you can try to crank the 3ft roof on a top rope...and your new partners get used to belaying you. Jun 9, 2001
Matt Chan
Matt Chan   Denver
I thought Killian's Dead was a lot of fun. 5.6 lead that takes good gear the whole way. There is a 6 foot section of OW that is difficult to protect, but before and after there is pro. Two ring anchor for lowering and setting TR. Apr 8, 2004
Gary Schmidt
Boulder, CO
Gary Schmidt   Boulder, CO
A nice trad route but one I wouldn't recommend as a "first" 5.6 lead. Would make a nice top rope though for those who wish to practice their hand jams and get a feel for what off-widths arel like. Jan 9, 2005
Buff Johnson
Buff Johnson  
Fun little trad line. Taking the roof straight through instead of working the jugfest right-side offers more of a .9 (I really like this harder variant - really good crack moves); the crux .6 crack move is really committing for a lead, just trust the feet. Jan 19, 2006
Ben Helgeson
Ben Helgeson   Denver
Cool to lead with trad gear, do it and then do the big dihedral....the OW provides good cam practice, and the new anchors up top make it really convenient. Jan 26, 2008
tom303   Colorado
Good exposure halfway up for such a short climb. Takes mid-sized cams very well, two bolt anchor. Extend the first piece of gear placed to minimize rope drag. Aug 21, 2011
Bill Olszewski
Colorado Springs, CO
Bill Olszewski   Colorado Springs, CO
Great climb for the grade. Solid gear all the way up. Sep 5, 2011
Hendo Henderson
Denver, CO
Hendo Henderson   Denver, CO
A little stiff for a 5.6. This has a small bulge, and it is tough to protect in the offwidth section. 5.7 in my opinion! 5.7- if it exists? It's definitely as tough as John Adam's Apple (which is to the right of this route).... May 21, 2013
Kurtis Anderson  
Great 5.6 trad climb! I would agree it's a stiff 5.6; Iraqi Road is much easier for similar rating. Recommend placing the first pro (size 1 Camalot works wonders) just north of the roof, agreeing with tom303, to avoid rope drag. Nov 7, 2013
Jim Fox
Westminster, CO
Jim Fox   Westminster, CO
Climbed this without really knowing what it was until I looked it up later.

Really fun with some amazing fist jams and mixed crack/face climbing.

I'd say 5.7 - pretty much vertical and sustained, but still easy.

I've climbed several 5.6s recently - East Crack at the Dome, Coloroddity at Jurassic Park, and Monte Carlo at Riviera. Those climbs were all pretty slabby and all much easier than this one, so I'd call Killian's a 5.7. Sep 2, 2014
Jeff N
Broomfield, CO
Jeff N   Broomfield, CO
I have climbed this and John Adams Adams' Apple (5.7) back to back twice now, and I think Killian's is definitely the harder climb. I agree that this seems harder than a 5.6. Calling this route a 5.7 is more fitting. Apr 15, 2017
Larry Shaw
Boulder, CO
Larry Shaw   Boulder, CO
Fun, easy climb that you can sew up with pro. I don't see any issues with a new trad leader having at it. May 6, 2017