Left Wing of Smaug
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|Type:||Trad, Sport, 140 ft|
|FA:||Paul Muehl & Pete DeLannoy|
|Page Views:||1,107 total, 17/month|
|Shared By:||Brent Kertzman on Aug 31, 2012|
|Admins:||Andrew Gram, Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Andy Busse, Mike Madsen, Mark Rafferty|
DescriptionThis route is one of the most often over-looked classics around. Totally worth the approach. Located on the way to the "Adventure's of Bill-Bolting Baggins"...
There are several classics on this same formation that will provide a days worth of climbing in the spicy but safe 5.7 to 5.10 range.
Climb the bolted groove until it becomes possible to jam up under Smaug's Left Wing.
Setting a belay at the top of the notch is possible. A short distance around the corner is a set of bolted anchors located on the south side of the formation to belay from.
The summit of the Dragon's Head can be climbed from the notch belay stance. Follow a rising diagonal counter-clockwise starting on the north side of the Dragon's Head.
There currently are no fixed anchors at the Dragon's Head summit. Be prepared to down lead back to the notch. A great little 5.7 summit.
Protection is possible on the way up. Some longer slings are useful to set a tope rope for those who aren't up to down lead from the Dragon's Head.
If you don't mind walking a short distance back around to the north face you, can safely rappel from the south side anchors with one 60 meter rope.
It is possible to climb a little higher and belay at a set of bolted anchors in a smaller notch on the east/left side of the groove. Two ropes are required to rappel back down the route from these anchors.
LocationThis route is located on the north face of the Far Downs. Look for the bolted groove located behind a spruce tree just left of "Of Quartz It Goes". The groove leads to a notch with a large boulder/ledge just below the "Dragons Head Pinnacle".
The Dragon's Head is quite visible as you drive from Hill City along Highway 87/89. Smaug's Head is best viewed from the lower two switch-backs.
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