Type: Sport
FA: Bob and Carrie Robertson
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Shared By: montay on Dec 31, 2000
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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To find this route, hike up to the far south end of the Contest Wall. If you are coming from the Sand Gulch parking area and follow the sign to the Contest Wall, it will be one of the very first routes you come across. Dead Tree Crack is the second route from the left end of the wall. It starts with some fun moves through pockets, past two bolts to one of the biggest jugs you have seen. From here, step up into the small, right-facing corner, and cruise up to a ledge. The crux awaits you. Luckily you can stand on the ledge pretty much all day to figure it out.


6 bolts and anchors.


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I can't believe that this was only given one star??! It is a lot of fun--kind of a funky move up to the first bolt. Like a vast majority of the routes in Shelf, a tad runout...but, bolts are solid, climb is straight forward and offers awesome exposure! Mar 29, 2002
Shane Zentner
Shane Zentner   Colorado
Climbed this route again one week ago and still like it. Solid 5.10 and worth the effort. An interesting mix of moves ranging from jams to face climbing. Good fun! Mar 17, 2003
FA: Bob & Carrie Robertson. Oct 3, 2003
Darin Lang
Darin Lang  
Fun route that keeps your attention between bolts. It could have been a bad day for me, but it felt more like 10c at the cruxes (and certainly harder than the guidebook 10a), pretty sustained 9 for the rest. YMMV of course. Jun 1, 2004
I agree - great climb with good variety and sustained to boot. I thought it was as fun as and a wee bit harder than The List down the cliff. At the crux near the top, make sure to choose the right (as in correct) hand to finger jam with first. I blew that, and it cost me the clean ascent. Jun 18, 2004
Scott E
Scott E   Colorado
One move of awkward/flared jamming at the top makes this interesting. Sep 30, 2018
Andre Oktav
Denver, CO
Andre Oktav   Denver, CO
Climbed this last weekend (4/21/19). The left “pig-tail” anchor chain looks like it’s halfway to get completely opened. Apr 24, 2019