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Astro Turf 


Type:  Trad, Mixed, Alpine, 3 pitches, 300'
Original: M4-5 [details]
FA: D. Thayer, B. Collett 2015
New Route: Yes
Page Views: 263
Submitted By: Ben Collett on Mar 29, 2015

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View of the East Ridge of Hallett Peak from Emeral...


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.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Starting up the dihedral.
Starting up the dihedral.

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By Drew Thayer
From: Denver, CO
Apr 13, 2015

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.

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