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Chicken Hawk 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Sport, TR, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Rick Leitner, 1999
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Submitted By: Anonymous Coward on Jan 1, 2001

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An OK route that climbs straight up Chicken Wall. It starts from the right side of the first obvious belay ledge at the base of the wall and climbs good holds to the top of the wall.


6 bolts to a 2 bolt anchor. It can be set up as a TR from the top, but please be exceedingly careful when reaching down to clip the anchors from above. Use your best judgment as to whether it is safe or not.

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By Anonymous Coward
Jun 21, 2001

There are so many features to use on this route, I'm not sure why it's not rated 5.8.
By Jeff Lockyer
From: Canmore, AB
Sep 23, 2001

I agree about the rating. But you must always think of the grading issues at 'The Sport Park' when you go up there. Many of the routes are a little overgraded. Perhaps this route could be 8+.
By Ron Olsen
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 19, 2006
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

This felt like solid 5.9 to me; maybe some of the edges have rounded off over the years. A good climb.
By Nathan Gray
Mar 24, 2007

8 or 9, there are pretty good holds sustained to the anchors. If ever there are worn holds there are good feet (my take). It's a decent route- definitely a good first run for the day.
By Adam Robison
From: Westminster
Apr 30, 2007

I would lean towards the 8 rating. Good feet the whole way. Great warm-up for the rest of the wall.
By keith story
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 2, 2009

I love this route as a good warm up for the chicken wall. It has also been useful as a spot to teach others some leading skills. It seems more like a 5.8 than a 5.9, but it really depends on your route. Don't drift too far from the bolt line!
By Paul Donald Andrews
From: Nederland, Co.
Jun 25, 2010
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

Fun route. I think 5.9 is a fair rating, considering the area. Good warm up. Some reachy moves. Pretty safe, although don't blow the last clip. Nice, steep pitch. I moved a little right about mid height, at a nice finger jam, but was able to easily reach back left for the clip. Then moved back in the bolt line via some great incuts. Lots of nice, satisfying holds on this climb.
By Ben Cassedy
From: Denver, CO
Jul 20, 2010
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

Actually a really fun little pitch with a variety of holds: slopers, crimps, monster jugs, jams, and a mantle move. Only one or two moves that were 5.9.

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