Type: Sport, 90 ft
FA: Kirk Miller
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Shared By: Kirk Miller on Mar 12, 2004
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Access Issue: Seasonal Raptor Closures & Rockfall Mitigation Project - Completed Details


Left of the existing routes at the Dog House, Li'l Dog climbs a pocketed slab to an overhanging prow.


12-13 bolts to Fixe rings.


Darren Mabe
Flagstaff, AZ
Darren Mabe   Flagstaff, AZ
Very fun route on surprisingly great quality stone. Most is easy 5.7 climbing to a fun overhanging arete crux sequence. Good warm up for the warm-ups.... Dec 12, 2005
Ivan Rezucha
Fort Collins, CO
Ivan Rezucha   Fort Collins, CO
Fun but pretty easy. This was my first climb of the day, and I was real solid. I had more trouble with Snoopy 9+ just to the left. That may say more about my strengths and weaknesses as a climber than about the relative grades. Nov 23, 2008
Top Rope Hero
Was Estes Park, now homeless
Top Rope Hero   Was Estes Park, now homeless
Exciting; much steeper crux than the pics here suggest. A bit over-bolted. And felt spicy for an 11a (my grade, not Kirk Miller's), but the action is short lived and overall, this route was at least a letter grade easier than Hot Dog (11b in the Mabe guidebook), a few lines to the right.

SPOILER BETA: Keep slappin' that left hand up and left and higher than those desperate chalk marks suggest, that big boy ladder rung is up there, somewhere. S'all over at that point....

Aug 30, 2009
Ben Cassedy
Denver, CO
Ben Cassedy   Denver, CO
This one makes for a pretty good warm up even if 11b is at or near your limit, if you know where the crux holds are. You do a ton of 5.8-ish climbing and have a stance before pulling the crux.

I guess the inconsistent difficulty is somewhat of a strike against the route, but that's about the only negative thing I could say about it. The easier sections are a lot of fun and the rock is overall very good. Fun, short, powerful crux with some good exposure. May 5, 2011
Fred Bonnard
Boulder, CO
Fred Bonnard   Boulder, CO
Surprised by the large consensus on grading this route 11b, I can think of many 11b's at Shelf, Rifle, Devil's Head much harder than this route. It is basically a one move wonder at the top, my 2 cents.... I did enjoy the climb though. Nov 21, 2011
Kirk Miller
Golden, CO
Kirk Miller   Golden, CO
One of the most useful features of MP is the consensus grade. When routes go in, they tend to be graded according to the FA's feel for the route on that particular day. Often first impressions are accurate, but consensus weighs way more heavily towards establishing more accurate grades.

So... .10d, .11b... I'll go with whatever the crowds decide.
(Last time I got on it, it felt easier than 11b to me as well.) May 1, 2013
Tim Greenwood
Denver, CO
Tim Greenwood   Denver, CO
Very easy slab climbing until the crux at the arete overhang part. Probably close to 5.8 until the move where you have to get a right heel hook to get yourself to a right handed crimp that can pull you to the top. I did not lead this climb, but I topped. I would have to say top roping this route feels like a 5.10b/c, so the rating definitely comes from leading this route. Sep 25, 2018
Will B  
There is an extremely loose, bread-loaf-size chunk of rock right beneath the crux prow. I marked it with as many Xs that would fit, but be careful nonetheless. It looks very ready to go. Apr 28, 2019