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Byron's Ladder S 
Dark Days T 
Gilded Lily S 
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Left Dihedral T 
Lilies of the Valley T 
T-Rect T,S 
Triceratops T,S 

Dark Days 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Douglas Snively, Jimmy Dunn, 1970s
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Submitted By: Peter Erard on Oct 19, 2008

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Eds. this description has been updated.

This is a deep chimney system that starts just to the right of Gilded Lily.

It goes up funky rock and ascends through a bird-pooped section into a slopey chimney stretch with little protection.


The dark chimney just right of Gilded Lily.


All sorts of gear, with some wide pieces.

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By Julius Beres
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 18, 2009

Where is this climb??

On the left side of Left Hand is Kiss the Barney Stone/Gilded Lily. On the right side is T-Rect followed by Triceratops. There is one line bolted in between.. so I did that line thinking it was Dark Days. The description "The farthest line of bolts on the Left Hand Rock." isn't helpful since T-Rect and Triceratops were added after the description.

Anyway, I'm pretty sure the line I did was not Dark Days because it felt about 5.1 or 5.2 and certainly not 5.8. I'm assuming the line of bolts I climbed was to perhaps give easy access to the top anchors for people looking to set up top ropes...

So, where is Dark Days?
By Croy T
From: Longmont, Co
Aug 25, 2009

"Dark Days" is the "deep chimney system in the middle of the wall", as per Bernard G.'s The Climber's Guide to Rocky Mountain National Park (2001) page 228. I have also removed the name "Kiss the Barney Stone" and - with Bernard's permission - identified the sport route as "Gilded Lily (retrobolted)".

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