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Dog Breath

5.10, Sport, 75 ft,  Avg: 2.3 from 191 votes
FA: unknown
Colorado > Golden > Clear Creek Canyon > The Dog House
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Description

Just left of Hot Dog climb the crimpy face to a crack you can layback. Surmount the bulge and up to the first set of anchors at a huge ledge. Climb past 4 more bolts (crux) to a second set of anchors which are shared with adjacent route.

Location

This is the line of bolts left of Hot Dog...third line of bolts left of the overhanging route with fixed chains - Mighty Dog.

Protection

9 bolts, with one midway anchor.

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Approaching the upper crux area.
[Hide Photo] Approaching the upper crux area.
On the fun flake.
[Hide Photo] On the fun flake.
Joe B. on the lieback flake.
[Hide Photo] Joe B. on the lieback flake.
On the lower section.
[Hide Photo] On the lower section.
Starting the upper sequence. You can see the chalked up starting holds to the left of my elbow. All the holds here are big and positive, but the holds straight up at the bolts to my right are either small or sloped or both.<br>
Photo by Ken Parker.
[Hide Photo] Starting the upper sequence. You can see the chalked up starting holds to the left of my elbow. All the holds here are big and positive, but the holds straight up at the bolts to my right are eithe…
The juggy and fun but contrived finish to the lower half. There are midway anchors here, but you may as well continue, since it's no harder above.
[Hide Photo] The juggy and fun but contrived finish to the lower half. There are midway anchors here, but you may as well continue, since it's no harder above.
The layback flake on the lower half.<br>
Photo by Ken Parker.
[Hide Photo] The layback flake on the lower half. Photo by Ken Parker.
The crux headwall. We all climbed diagonally from the left to reach the bolt below Luke, and so does almost everyone else based on the chalk.
[Hide Photo] The crux headwall. We all climbed diagonally from the left to reach the bolt below Luke, and so does almost everyone else based on the chalk.

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Darren Mabe
Flagstaff, AZ
[Hide Comment] This route is called Dog Breath, shares anchors with another 10a, Rolofson calls Black Dog.

Snoopy and Lil Dog are further left than mentioned above. Mar 9, 2008
Ivan Rezucha
Fort Collins, CO
  5.9+
[Hide Comment] On the upper half, if you start from the corner and diagonal right, it's very easy. That felt like cheating, but that's how the three of us did it. Going straight up at the bolts was too hard. The guide says 10d, so maybe the intent is to climb at the bolts, but all the chalk was out left on the big holds. Nov 23, 2008
Bal Rau
Denver, Colorado
[Hide Comment] The big block before going to the anchors seems loose. Would be scary if it fell. Oct 16, 2011
Toby Butterfield
Portland, OR
  5.10d
[Hide Comment] Going straight up the bolt line is doable and definitely no more difficult than 11a at the most relative to the other climbs at this crag. Does look easier out left, but I didn't repeat it, so I don't know how much easier. Fun climb, good movement down low! Dec 27, 2011
Jake Web
Denver, CO
[Hide Comment] This one was hard! I didn't realize it shares bolts with the other easy 9+/10. So that caused confusion as we had two people climbing the routes right next to each other.

I'd call it a 10c or 10d for sure. Aug 26, 2015
Dave Clark 5.10
Golden, CO
  5.10
[Hide Comment] The wide range of ratings for this one -- from 5.9 to 5.10+ -- most likely stems from how it's climbed just before and just after the mid-way ledge with anchors. Belly to bolts it probably goes 10a below the ledge and 10d above the ledge. Going further left at these two places it probably goes 9+ below and 10b above the ledge. Dec 19, 2015
[Hide Comment] A few weeks ago, I climbed this route as a normal part of my warm-up. Unfortunately, I broke off a relatively important hold. With this break plus the polish, I'd say this route is now solidly an 11a if you stick to the line, in my opinion. Same difficulty as Reefer Madness and Generation Gap. Jun 6, 2018