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Routes in Skinner Mountain

1937 route T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Beached Whale (Unknown 2) S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Central Corner T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Dave Bell Memorial S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Eastern Front T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Lookatdat S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Skin the Cat (Unknown 1) S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Vegomatic T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Wally World T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Type: Trad, 150 ft, 2 pitches
FA: unknown
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Shared By: pete cogan on May 8, 2004
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Description

If you're walking off from the Central Corner and want to get in one more route, try this. It's got a bit of everything, although it's awkward at times.

You'll be heading up the obvious channel/chimney to the left of the huge roof (see Hubbel's diagram). Climb up an easy, blocky ramp to an awkward "flaring chimney." After another blocky/slab section, enter an enjoyable chimney with cracks on either side. You can belay after the chimney with hand size pieces if you want to see your follower. The second pitch will be forty feet or so.

Now you've got 4 choices: a small crack heading off to the Left (5.7ish), 2 flaring off width-looking cracks straight up, or a fingery looking crack to the right. You can't see this left crack from the ground.

I don't think this is an ideal climb for a beginning leader because the positions can be odd. I think the climb is worth doing once, but the Central Corner would certainly be the reason to visit Skinner Mountain.

Protection

Good pro all the way, #0.75 Camalot to #4. Big stoppers and tricams were also helpful. If you set an anchor above the chimney, hand-size pieces and smaller tricams will do the job well.

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plantmandan
Brighton, CO
  5.7
plantmandan   Brighton, CO
  5.7
As the guidebook says, it's more fun than it looks and not for a leader at their limit. Awkward in places with some fun jamming in between. You skip the second pitch and rap off a tree to the right. Sep 3, 2017