Type: Trad, 2 pitches
FA: Steve Matous, 1974
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Shared By: Jesse Ryan on Sep 18, 2001
Admins: Mike Snyder, Jake Dickerson, Taylor Spiegelberg, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Aeon Aki

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Access Issue: Dirt roads reopened as of June 2014 Details

Description

This classic line lies in the center of the SE side of Poland Hill. Scramble up to the low angle hand crack in a right-facing dihedral, then climb with determination and haste the overhanging hand crack that continues above (crux). Belay just below the wide crack. With good protection surmount the interesting slot (5.9ish) and belay atop. Walk off the back of the formation.

Protection

Standard Vedauwoo rack up to four inches, emphasizing the hand sizes. There are no anchors or bolts on this route.

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Petsfed
Laramie, WY
  5.10a
Petsfed   Laramie, WY
  5.10a
"Interesting" is right. Watched my part do a knee bar with one leg and kicked his other leg above is head to pressure off another feature. If you're doing it right, the first part is not at all strenuous. Remember to hang from the jams and don't over do it while jamming. May 30, 2003
This route can easily be done in one pitch. The only reason to set a belay is if you want to clip into bird-crap coated slings in a reeking, festering spot. Not a good enough reason. Aug 21, 2004
nolteboy
Fort Collins, CO
 
nolteboy   Fort Collins, CO
 
Don't be intimidated by the steep crux on p.1 - the jams are bomber. This climb is best done in one pitch. Apr 18, 2005
Stephen Marsh
Thornton, CO
  5.10a
Stephen Marsh   Thornton, CO
  5.10a
I really enjoy this climb - except for getting around the bird crap in the middle. Have done it twice so far, always in one pitch. The second time I had no one able to second it, so I set a belay at the top, and was able to clean all my gear easily on rappel. Just had to go around back and scramble up to get my anchor pieces. The second half looks alot harder than 10a from the ground but the hidden ledges help alot. Some #1 and .75 camalots are all you need for a quick anchor setup. Sep 25, 2005
FA Steve Matous 1974, named after a skull that was found in the crack by an old raptor nest May 26, 2006
Brian Story
  5.10a
Brian Story  
  5.10a
The steep hands section is classic and not to be missed. I too had trouble puzzling my way into the upper OW/chimney. Bring at least one #4 camalot size piece for the upper section. This climb should be done as one pitch. Nov 14, 2006
Luke Clarke
Golden
Luke Clarke   Golden
What sort of skull? Sep 7, 2007
Petsfed
Laramie, WY
  5.10a
Petsfed   Laramie, WY
  5.10a
Now features a pair of bolts on top. A new style #5 Camalot fits great in the top section (better and higher than an old #4 Camalot, which fits right above an awesome #3 Camalot placement), but you can also score a good looking #1 Camalot in one of the small cracks in the same area. Sep 23, 2008
cstebbins024
Laramie, WY
cstebbins024   Laramie, WY
Skull is a fantastic route! The second part definitely felt like the crux to me and requires some beta. Tough onsighy IMO. Doing it in one pitch makes way more sense than two. I prefer to place a BD #6 in the OW section, but a #3 and #4 should be placed earlier. Enjoy! Aug 9, 2015
K Gustafson
  5.10a
K Gustafson  
  5.10a
Save BD sizes #3-6 for the offwidth roof crack. I wish I would have had a Big Bro to keep the rope from pushing my big cams into the crack during the topout. Would have placed it right next the #4. Overall, a great route which embodies the essence of Vedauwoo. Aug 15, 2016