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Grand Jam T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Grand Jam Left T,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Grand Jam Right T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Petite Arete T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
Type: Trad, TR, 40 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: James Beissel on Apr 2, 2008
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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This is the left of the three cracks on The Topknot. Climb about 15' of 5.9 face on crimps and knobs to gain a finger crack with some bomber locks. Cruise the crack to the top.


Approach by climbing any of the standard routes up the Fourth Elephant Buttress, or hike up and around the north side of the Elephant Buttress and scramble down through the notch between the third and fourth to access the west face of The Topknot.

To set a toprope or descend, scramble up/down easy rock on the north or southwest sides of The Topknot.


Standard rack. The crux is at the bottom, is unprotected, and the landing zone is not very friendly. After that the protection is good. Easy toprope set up with boulders and a tree.


Nick Przybysz
Boulder, CO
Nick Przybysz   Boulder, CO
A couple of those flakes up top seemed pretty loose to me. I'd avoid pulling too hard on them. Jul 3, 2010
Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
  5.9 R
Tony B   Around Boulder, CO
  5.9 R
A 2 meter boulder problem with a terrible landing followed by about 6 meters of easy climbing, it that. Fun to do if you are there, but not worth going to as a destination. May 8, 2008