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Chouinard Becky Route T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Type: Trad
FA: unknown - not Becky nor Chouinard
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Shared By: Julian Smith on Apr 16, 2002
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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The Chouinard Becky Route follows an interesting crack system for 3 pitches up the Rock Island. Locate a crack going up to a slab with a bolt. This should be to the left of a left facing dihedral.

Pitch 1 - Climb the crack to a slab with a bolt. Work left to another crack and up through more discontinuous cracks to a ledge. Either belay low on the ledge or climb up to the top of the next block and belay.

Pitch 2 - Climb the wide-ish corner to a very strenuous crossover to a crack system on the right. This is the crux. Continue up the crack and belay.

Pitch 3 - Continue up the run-out slab or step right and climb an easier crack.

Descend off the backside working down hill to climbers right. Easy terrain leads back to the base of the climb. This route is a little off the beaten path, but is definitely worth climbing. Expect the rock to be a little dirty due to the East and Northeast exposure.


The Hubbel Guide to the South Platte - 1997 say pro to 3 inches, but you won't feel foolish bring a little bit bigger gear.


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Ken Trout
Golden, CO
Ken Trout   Golden, CO
Here's a list of who I remember put up Beckey-Chounaird and other routes across the valley. The name came about as a joke... about how it was as good as the famous Bugaboo's Grade V (NOT!).

FA about 1985 by John McMullen, Kyle Copeland, Mark Hurt, Allison Sheets. Drilled on lead.

Dan McGee, Marty Alfred, and Diana Baily did routes in the area, too. Jun 29, 2009
Julian Smith
Colorado Springs, CO
Julian Smith   Colorado Springs, CO
Good point. Becky is the way the route name is spelled in the guide book. Apr 28, 2002
Curious route name. If it is a direct reference to the prolific legend, his surname is spelled Beckey. Apr 20, 2002