Type: Trad, Sport, 135 ft
FA: Rodney Blakemore, Ed Wright &Ismael Garza 98
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Shared By: Jason Halladay on Jan 1, 2008
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Dead Man Walking is the route that makes the walk to the Dihedrals worth it but only if you enjoy bolt-protected, great crack climbing in a nice corner. It's a beautiful line following a pair of good cracks up a long dihedral.
Start out on lower angle but polished rock following the bolted cracks through a couple of bulges before making a few positive face moves left out of the dihedral to the anchors. There isn't one real crux move, it's just sustained crack and corner climbing the whole way.


Dead Man Walking is near the center of The Dihedrals area. It's the obvious, long bolted dihedral just right of a super clean bolted face open project. Note the length of the route--you will need a 70m rope or two 60m ropes to get down.


16 bolts to chain anchor on a sloping ledge at the top.


a bolted crack? is gear necessary for any part of it? Mar 13, 2008
Vandalia, Appalachia
camhead   Vandalia, Appalachia
this crack would be a "G" rated gear lead; and like nearly every other route at the dihredrals, it has seen gear ascents. However, it was bolted on the assumption that almost nobody brings gear to Potrero, and it is still a wonderful line. no gear needed.

Also, as I remember, not even a 70m will get you back to the ground, although it is possible to downclimb the initial slab for 20 feet after untying. Apr 17, 2008
Richard Fernandez
Flagstaff, AZ
Richard Fernandez   Flagstaff, AZ
A 70 will get you down with a bit to spare. Nov 30, 2009
awesome climb, I didn't know that limestone cracks this smooth existed. Apr 9, 2010
Dan Petty
Wheat Ridge, CO
Dan Petty   Wheat Ridge, CO
Climbed it with a 60, but some easy downclimbing and a watchful belay are essential. Bring lots of draws... Jan 11, 2011
Kennedy Carey
Kennedy Carey  
One of the my favorite pitches of climbing ever - super sustained - high quality climbing Nov 15, 2018