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Dirt Trek 

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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Ken Trout & Mike Cichon
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Submitted By: Mike Morin on Jul 22, 2016  with updates from Matt Bentley

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  • Description 

    Ascend a fun slab with more features than there appear to be from the ground. Negotiate an easy section of rock to a #0.75-1 sized crack below a bolt. Plug in a piece of gear, and maneuver your way up to through a featured dihedral to a juggy finishing headwall. This is a very fun route.


    10 (11?) bolts + #1 Camalot and a 2 bolt anchor.

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    By Mark Roth
    From: Boulder
    Jul 22, 2016

    "Dirt Trek" is the name I heard, unless they change their mind.... FA: Mike C. and Ken Trout.

    They both led this on gear before hand drilling on lead. I was passing by and loaned them a drill to finish up.... First 2 bolts are 1/2" Powers, the rest are 3/8" X 3.5" KB3s, all stainless.

    I can't believe how much drama has surrounded this climb!?! This is not the back room at Earth Treks. If you don't know what it is, there is a chance you might need gear.... Plus, the whole cliff is falling down (if you haven't noticed). Yer gonna die.

    Tricky slab move at 3rd bolt the rest is 5.7(or less). Dirty but fun.
    By Mike Morin
    From: North Conway, NH
    Jul 24, 2016

    Climbed this again today. Second run up this route left me feeling like it was more in the 5.8 range.
    By Richard Blumberg
    Aug 7, 2016

    For a crag that is almost entirely sport bolted, it is a bit of a surprise to get more than halfway up where you can't see from the ground and hit somewhere you are expected to place a piece of trad gear. I got on this today without knowing about needing a cam, and it made for a cautious lead given the runout even though I am pretty solid into the mid 10s. I'm just suggesting to add a bolt (even if you could reasonable protect it with trad gear that most climbers at Canal Zone are unlikely to have). Route Canal is the only trad route there, and as it is fully trad, no one would mistakenly get on it without gear.

    Also, it is probably worth noting this is a rope stretcher with a 60m.

    Really enjoyed it - a great addition to Canal Zone, but please add a bolt to be consistent with everything else there being fully bolted.
    By dhatstat
    Apr 24, 2017

    Was an additional bolt added to this route? We counted 11 yesterday not including the anchor bolts. Climbed without feeling a need for any additional gear.
    By Dave Clark 5.10
    From: Golden, CO
    Jun 18, 2017
    rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

    This is a good route and good addition to the Zone. A full 30 meter pitch. Nice job, Ken & Mike.
    By Matthew Vernon
    Jun 25, 2017

    Fun route but not not sure if it is really sport or trad. Only one cam would be needed for safety. As a sport route, there is a big runout that would have you hitting the ledge if you fell. Really needs one more bolt.

    Also note that using short draws will lead to a lot of rope friction. A longer draw in one or two locations will save you a lot of drag.

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