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Dark Flow 

YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV ZA: 10 British: VD 3c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 55'
Original:  YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV ZA: 10 British: VD 3c [details]
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Submitted By: Orphaned on Nov 27, 2008

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Move up excellent, featured, water polished rock with very good protection with small gear (and more placements that can be cleaned out). After about 50 feet, the great rock ends and the angle eases. Place a bomber green Camalot and traverse almost straight left to a good tree belay on the left shoulder. Scramble easily down to the descent gully.

This route is on a really nice section of rock. Its only flaw is its short length.


Hike up and left from the low point of the rock to the base of obvious black streaks on the left side of the wall - perhaps 100 feet. There is a grassy, wider crack on the right, but the better line, also up a black streak, is just left of this.


This is, by far, the best protected pitch on the wall. A rack of small gear only, with emphasis on small stoppers, brass, and cams, up to and including a green Camalot, will suffice with a sling or two for the belay tree.

If I were suggesting an easy but good first trad lead in the Poudre, this route would be it.

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