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Dead Man Walking 

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

Type:  Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 135'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Rodney Blakemore, Ed Wright &Ismael Garza 98
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Submitted By: Jason Halladay on Jan 1, 2008

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A beautifully sustained and long route.


Dead Man Walking is the route that makes the walk to the Dihedrals worth it but only if you enjoy bolt-protected, great crack climbing in a nice corner. It's a beautiful line following a pair of good cracks up a long dihedral.
Start out on lower angle but polished rock following the bolted cracks through a couple of bulges before making a few positive face moves left out of the dihedral to the anchors. There isn't one real crux move, it's just sustained crack and corner climbing the whole way.


Dead Man Walking is near the center of The Dihedrals area. It's the obvious, long bolted dihedral just right of a super clean bolted face open project. Note the length of the route--you will need a 70m rope or two 60m ropes to get down.


16 bolts to chain anchor on a sloping ledge at the top.

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Rock Climbing Photo: miss G doing her thing on dead-man
miss G doing her thing on dead-man
Rock Climbing Photo: Leading up the goodness that is Dead Man Walking.
Leading up the goodness that is Dead Man Walking.

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By Michael G
Mar 13, 2008

a bolted crack? is gear necessary for any part of it?
By camhead
From: Vandalia, Appalachia
Apr 17, 2008

this crack would be a "G" rated gear lead; and like nearly every other route at the dihredrals, it has seen gear ascents. However, it was bolted on the assumption that almost nobody brings gear to Potrero, and it is still a wonderful line. no gear needed.

Also, as I remember, not even a 70m will get you back to the ground, although it is possible to downclimb the initial slab for 20 feet after untying.
By Richard Fernandez
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Nov 30, 2009
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

A 70 will get you down with a bit to spare.
By t.schwartz
Apr 9, 2010
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

awesome climb, I didn't know that limestone cracks this smooth existed.
By Dan Petty
From: Wheat Ridge, CO
Jan 11, 2011

Climbed it with a 60, but some easy downclimbing and a watchful belay are essential. Bring lots of draws...

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