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2nd Apron, Right Side Dihedral 

YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a

Type:  Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 700', Grade II
Original:  YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a [details]
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Submitted By: Andrew Gram on Aug 16, 2002

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BETA PHOTO: Topo of select routes up the 2nd Apron.


This route climbs the big, obvious dihedral right of the 2nd Apron, Right Side route shown in yellow in the picture. This route is to the right of the yellow line in the topo to the right. I thought this was the Right Side route until the picture with the lines drawn in was posted on the site.

P1: The start is about 40 feet right of the Right Side route. Climb up easy slab with lots of small ledges to a big dihedral system. Pass a small ledge and move left into the start of the dihedral. Belay at a stance near the end of your rope. 5.4 190'

P2: Climb the dihedral. Fun steep climbing past occasional loose flakes - be careful what you pull on. Climb past a sloping ledge on the left to a fantastic ledge on the right a few feet higher. 5.4 185'

P3: Climb the dihedral until it peters out, and then move left into another dihedral. Jam up a steep fun crack to a good ledge. 5.4 180'

P4: Climb the dihedral (a pattern emerges). Move left across the slab to yet another dihedral and then wander up to a huge ledge with lots of loose rocks. One could also continue up the dihedral until it forms a small roof, and pull over that. This was wet when I was on it. 5.5 110'

P5: Could be run together with the last pitch, but not recommended because of the large loose blocks on the big ledge. Climb easily up to a short headwall and the top. The line of least resistance is likely 5.2, but a huge number of variations are possible.


Set and a half of stoppers, Aliens are nice, nothing bigger than a 2 Camalot. The pitches are long, so plan acccordingly.

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By M. Morley
From: Sacramento, CA
Aug 24, 2003

Climbed this today, like Andrew, thinking it was the Second Apron Right Side route described by Leo (should have brought the topo!). We actually started up the Right Side route, but where the topo (yellow line) cuts up and starts heading left on the first pitch, I continued up right to a notch and continued as for Right Side Dihedral (described here). I wouldn't recommend doing it this way, as there are what I would consider fairly serious runouts where the cracks are too thin and shallow even for micronuts. Done this way, I'd call it 5.7s. From the top of this pitch (200'), we simul-climbed the rest of the way to the summit, encountering nothing harder than 5.4 mixed in with sections of 4th class. All and all, I found this route to be full of loose, lichen-encrusted rock, and one I won't be rushing back to repeat any time soon, although it was still a good "adventure climb" with great exposure and views.

Far from classic, but not a total "bomb".
By Derek W
Feb 8, 2009

I got a little confused, is this route the Yellow on in the picture or is this route to the right of the Yellow?
By Mattq331
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 31, 2010

Did this on July 29th.
It's really difficult to find anything good to say about it. Mostly indifferent rock - although with care you can piece together a few moves on quality granite. The upper pitches were loose and wet with incredibly slimy lichen to add spice. As others have noted, there are a variety of possibly lines, essentially following the dihedrals and trending slightly left to the top. 5 pitches with barely an interesting move between them.

Not really worth the effort imho.
By Brandon Koch
From: Moab, Ut
Sep 2, 2012
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R

Did this 9/2/12, and it was a lot more of an adventure than I was anticipating. I'm pretty dang sure I stayed on the far right side (dihedral) route the whole way, but I may have meandered slightly as the route finding was a bit challenging and I found myself on harder than 5.5 moves high above pro on (at times) heavily lichen covered, pure slab moves. The hard moves felt around 5.7. The moves were there but not without a serious pucker factor. There was one spot on the 2nd or 3rd pitch which I may even call X.

The main danger was the lowish angle combined with serious runout - it would be a meat grinder tumble down, not a clean fall, if your foot slipped off a bit of polished quartz. Also, the loose rock danger was high, especially the 4th pitch. There were many football to microwave-sized blocks that could be knocked over with a slight tug or bump. To boot, the rock was shockingly weak and fractured. What looked like ample and solid gear potential from below was frequently hollow and rotten.

I certainly won't be back for seconds!
By Ryan N
From: Bellingham, WA
Oct 13, 2012

Great long but easy alpine climb. A little dirty/ tricky to protect but not too runout. Best part is the descent is a ride from a tourist down to you car at the Summit Lake. Easy route that gets you to 14,000 ft.
By Rick Casey
From: Lafayette, Colorado
Aug 13, 2014

Did this on 12-Aug-2014 with Nick Arms. We parked at Mt Evans summit, using the trail to west towards the Bierstadt/Sawtooth to approach and descend the grassy saddle west of the Third Apron to approach the route. Took us about 1.5 hrs on the approach, but it was quite convenient just to hike back to car from the summit. Encounted some patches of graupel left from night before, a few wet spots with slimy lichen, and had slight graupel around 4:30pm, which luckily quickly abated. Otherwise a perfect day on a fine route! Many thanks to previous submitters for great beta on the routes, which helped tremendously with route finding. I've posted my pics & comments, for those interested, at

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