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Astro Turf T M4-5
Butterfingers T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b M4
Coconut Bliss M4-5
Dairy Lite M4
No. 1 Gully M4
No. 2 Gully M3-4
Squid, The WI5-6 M6-7
Steeplechase T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a M4 Easy Snow
Tastee Freeze M4
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Type: Trad, Mixed, Alpine, 300 ft, 3 pitches
FA: D. Thayer, B. Collett 2015
Page Views: 308 total · 7/month
Shared By: Ben Collett on Mar 29, 2015
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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The dihedral that is the main feature of this route provides really fun, delicate climbing in a setting that is sheltered from the wind, making this a fun backup plan when the wind feels a little too strong to make something more adventurous fun.

Head up the gully to the chossy cliff band below tower. Follow a weakness on the left side of the chossy cliffband, and wander right on the snowy ledge to below the prominent and delightful dihedral.

Climb the dihedral with fun stemming and some great turf climbing. Towards the top, the dihedral steepens and one can escape left on steep, juggy terrain to a ledge. From here, follow the path of least resistance to the top of the tower.


Between Butterfingers and Left of the Cleft is a scree-filled gully leading to a tower with a prominent dihedral.


Standard rack to #3 Camalot with some TCUs.


Drew Thayer
Denver, CO
Drew Thayer   Denver, CO
Rather than escaping left after the steep hand crack at the top of the main dihedral, moving up right into a chimney/slot would provide interesting climbing and a more direct line to the summit; however, loose rock currently at the chimney's mouth would warrant much caution. Apr 13, 2015

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