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Conkomatic T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Debut T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Dislocation Buttress T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Dislocation Direct T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Green Dagger T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Green Horns T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Pinhead T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R
Tread Gently T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
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Type: Trad, 300 ft, 2 pitches, Grade II
FA: Lovejoy, Bjorklund, Madin, 1971
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Shared By: Tavis Ricksecker on Jun 7, 2007
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick

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Falcon Closures from February 2 until July 15. Details

Description

Start on Pine Tree ledge about 30' left of the start to the Dislocation standard route. Climb obvious crack systems straight up to a ledge (optional belay) and follow more nice cracks up and left (where the standard route traverses right) to a belay nearly 60m ropelength up. From here climb a corner to a ledge, a short face section, and another corner to the top. An excellent and mellow adventure.

Protection

Gear to 2", doubles if doing as two long pitches.

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Kari Hreinsson  
  5.8
This route is a lot of fun and easily protected. I would say the rating is sandbagged for sure, at least coming from mostly sport climbing ratings I would call this a solid 5.8 for the most part, with perhaps a 5.9 move or two in it.

We started with the first pitch of Dislocation Buttress, and moved left on the ledge to the start of Dislocation Direct, that 5.3/4 rating I would also call into question, unless you're very comfortable with dihedrals.

We did Dislocation Direct in 3 pitches following Tim's advice. First pitch is a fun slabby crack climb onto a large ledge with a hole you can anchor into. Second pitch is super fun, varied climbing with corners, flakes and friction moves, ending on the ledge with the loose blocks (I moved past stuck nut). The third pitch is short and relatively easy (up slightly left of belay), into scramble terrain.

I placed a decent amount of mid-sized nuts as well as mid-sized cams (BD .3 to 3). Brought a BD 4 but never placed. The route is pretty easily protected, but just beware that belays are not bolted, and past the ledge with the hole you can thread there isn't much rapping unless you leave gear or are willing to sling some (potentially questionable) blocks.

We walked off, going straight down the wash to arrive at our backpacks. Just be careful to keep close to the wall on descent, as there is a bit of a notch/ridge on the left side of the main wash that you need to keep to your right. Sep 5, 2016
Miguel D
SLC
 
Miguel D   SLC
 
We did in three picthes, but I can easily see how two would make it easier. Last part above a short dihedral is pretty much 4th class scramble to the top of the formation Jul 17, 2014
manuel rangel
Arizona
manuel rangel   Arizona
We just did it in 4 pitches; like Tim's description but we added the first pitch of Dislocation and walked left to the start of Direct. I could have run the last two together but was worried about drag. Nov 26, 2012
Tim Heid
AZ
  5.6
Tim Heid   AZ
  5.6
Great climb! We started on the Pine Tree Ledge. I would recommend doing it in 3 pitches to stop on the best ledges and limit rope drag.

From the Pine Tree Ledge climb about 70' and stop at the quartz band on a nice ledge. Link 2 and 3 for about a 100' pitch and stop on another nice ledge below broken blocks. P3 is 40' of fun jamming that leads to 3rd class terrain to the walk off trail. Sep 19, 2011
Not sure if this is what juggy meant, but doing the first pitch of dislocation buttress to get to pine tree ledge is a great warmup. Starts with the dihedral that's pretty much exactly where the trail drops you off at the base of the slabs. After that pitch there's a nice little unroped traverse off to climber's left to start dislocation direct. Nov 7, 2010
juggy
Lakewood Colorado
juggy   Lakewood Colorado
the alt route directly one pitch lower brings you up through a tree, but makes for a great warm up Nov 7, 2007