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Routes in Left Hand Rock

Byron's Ladder S 5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c
Dark Days T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Gilded Lily S 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Guilted Willy TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Left Dihedral T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Lilies of the Valley T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
T-Rect T,S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Triceratops T,S 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c PG13
Type: Trad, 90 ft
FA: Douglas Snively, Jimmy Dunn, 1970s
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Shared By: Peter Erard on Oct 19, 2008
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Eds. this description has been updated.

This is a deep chimney system that starts just to the right of Gilded Lily.

It goes up funky rock and ascends through a bird-pooped section into a slopey chimney stretch with little protection.


The dark chimney just right of Gilded Lily.


All sorts of gear, with some wide pieces.


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Croy T
Longmont, Co
Croy T   Longmont, Co
"Dark Days" is the "deep chimney system in the middle of the wall", as per Bernard G.'s The Climber's Guide to Rocky Mountain National Park (2001) page 228. I have also removed the name "Kiss the Barney Stone" and - with Bernard's permission - identified the sport route as "Gilded Lily (retrobolted)". Aug 25, 2009
Julius Beres
Boulder, CO
Julius Beres   Boulder, CO
Where is this climb??

On the left side of Left Hand is Kiss the Barney Stone/Gilded Lily. On the right side is T-Rect followed by Triceratops. There is one line bolted in between.. so I did that line thinking it was Dark Days. The description "The farthest line of bolts on the Left Hand Rock." isn't helpful since T-Rect and Triceratops were added after the description.

Anyway, I'm pretty sure the line I did was not Dark Days because it felt about 5.1 or 5.2 and certainly not 5.8. I'm assuming the line of bolts I climbed was to perhaps give easy access to the top anchors for people looking to set up top ropes...

So, where is Dark Days? Jul 18, 2009