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Trophy S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Type: Sport, 50 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Rich F. on Jul 8, 2012
Admins: Andrew Gram, Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Andy Busse, Mike Madsen, Mark Rafferty

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Climb starts just to the right side of the short chimney (with the scraggly pine tree above it) on the south side of the spire. The crux is only a few moves and is down low, around the 3rd bolt -- but the crux and the entire climb are very well protected with bolts until the last 12 feet to the summit. There are about 10 new bolts on the climb that lead to an anchor on the "ridge" with a large chain link attached to it. There is another anchor with a single link a foot above and to the right of that anchor (other side of the narrow ridge), so it appears that the climb ends there -- about 12 feet short of the summit. However, it's an easy (5.5ish) climb to the summit from those intermediate anchors, and the summit has a two bolt anchor with short chains on top. The summit also has great views, so it's well worth going all the way to the top.


On the south side of the spire is chimney like formation with a scraggly pine tree just above it. This route starts on the shoulder just right of this chimney and below the scraggly pine. It is easily identified by the many bolts going up with pretty close spacing.


10 or 11 quickdraws. You can also place trad gear in the two cracks about halfway up, but the new bolts are close enough together that the extra gear is unnecessary.


Mark Orsag
Omaha, NE
Mark Orsag   Omaha, NE
I am guessing that the unknown first ascenders wanted to create a very-well protected sport climb but also didn't want to change the runout character of Prairie Runner (the 3 bolt, 1 piton ) 90 ft line to the right of Trophy on the arĂȘte. The two routes would effectively be merged at the top if bolts and top anchors had been added to Trophy. Prairie Runner was probably the original route on this side of the formation. This supposition makes the decision to stop the route short of the top less incomprehensible and f/:;(:d up and more classy and respectful- though the end result is a bit weird. Jun 8, 2017
Mark Orsag
Omaha, NE
Mark Orsag   Omaha, NE
It is Trophy. If you use the lower anchors ,this is a super well-protected climb . Nothing PG about it. It is also 70 ft not 50. That all said, the crux is surprisingly tough. Sequential and steep - don't miss the gaston! Kind of 9+ish between closely-spaced bolts 1-3. Rest is much easier though, so no problem with the 5.9 rating. Jun 8, 2017
Kirtis Courkamp
Kirtis Courkamp   Golden
Weirdest bolting I've come across in all of the hills 10 bolts in less than 40 feet then a run out at the top? Very nice crack that takes gear, Just kind of confusing Apr 24, 2016
Wilson On The Drums
Woodbury, MN
Wilson On The Drums   Woodbury, MN
You are correct. Sep 16, 2015
Nathan D Johnson  
This is probably Trophy (5.9 PG13). Sep 16, 2015