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Enter the Dragon 

YDS: 5.11- French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 300'
Original:  YDS: 5.11- French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: 2nd Pitch: Unknown. FFA: Andrew Ross, Shingo Ohkawa, November 2009
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: mountainsense on Nov 28, 2009

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Enter the Dragon climbs the long and varied corner system to the left of Valentine Crack. To access the obvious, right-facing corner, climb any one of three approach pitches described below. Once beneath the steep, streaked green wall, layback and jam your way up the splitter, fist-to-hand crack to a roof. Undercling right along flakes to a small alcove--home to a decent-sized, rectangular detached block. Move right--past the block--and to the start of a steep ramp. Tiptoe past a slabby bulge** to a stance, then through a section of sustained, undercling-lieback moves to reach yet another bulge. Surmount the bulge, then commit to more underclings, past a sporty crux with a bolt, then to a two-bolt belay at a stance. Left of the belay, mantle chickenheads onto the slab above, then up and right past a short, slanting finger crack. Clip the first of four bolts, then launch into the steep-slab Kung-Fu above, past a scary--yet solid--flake, and to a wild finish on chickenheads. Run it out on an easy slab to the two-bolt anchor above. Brilliant! Who knew such line still existed in the canyon?


To gain the large, right-facing corner below the roof, choose any one of three approach pitches:
Option 1--3rd class the first twenty feet of Valentine Crack, then traverse left along bushy slabs to reach the corner.
Option 2--Twenty-five feet downhill from the start of Valentine's is a shallow, left-facing corner with a crack. Climb the crack until it is possible to traverse left along a narrow ledge to a prominent chickenhead. Mantle the chickenhead, then scramble to the base of the corner.
Option 3--Climb left out the undercling flake of Gritish Deal, past two bolts, then onto a right-angling crack at 5.10. From the stance above the crack, climb easy terrain to the base of the large corner.


Bring a standard LCC rack, with doubles in fingers to hands. **Small DMM Peenuts, a 00 or 0 TCU--a hybrid works particularly well here--protects the first bulge. The second pitch is long and involved, so be sure to bring plenty of long slings to protect your second! For the final pitch, we took a blue and a yellow TCU, four quickdraws for the bolts, and--though useful, but not necessary--a hand-sized cam. Rappel the route; from the first bolted belay, a single 60m will reach easy ground in the gully right of the start to Gimme Danger.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Pitch 2
Pitch 2
Rock Climbing Photo: pitch 3
pitch 3
Rock Climbing Photo: starting pitch 2
starting pitch 2
Rock Climbing Photo: the finish
the finish
Rock Climbing Photo: Drew working through the wild third pitch
Drew working through the wild third pitch
Rock Climbing Photo: Bulgetastic!
Rock Climbing Photo: In the beginning, there was undercling...and it wa...
In the beginning, there was undercling...and it wa...
Rock Climbing Photo: What layback dreams are made of
What layback dreams are made of
Rock Climbing Photo: Shown in Yellow:  Enter the Dragon, with the appro...
BETA PHOTO: Shown in Yellow: Enter the Dragon, with the appro...
Rock Climbing Photo: Annie pulling 2nd bulge.
Annie pulling 2nd bulge.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up from belay
Looking up from belay
Rock Climbing Photo: more pitch 2
more pitch 2
Rock Climbing Photo: near the top of first pitch
near the top of first pitch
Rock Climbing Photo: At the first crux
At the first crux
Rock Climbing Photo: Classic climb-Classic Partner!
Classic climb-Classic Partner!
Rock Climbing Photo: Amazing pitch.
Amazing pitch.
Rock Climbing Photo: Enter the Dragon.
Enter the Dragon.

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By mountainsense
Nov 28, 2009

The route's second pitch, we believe, has been the scene of many thwarted attempts throughout the years; on our initial reconnaisance, we'd found hardware spanning nearly three decades--two rusted 3/8" stud bolts with Leeper hangers, a fixed straight-tapered Chouinard Stopper, several Chouinard and Chouinard-Salewa carabiners and two ancient fixed pins--a Clog LA from the 70s and a Chouinard Baby Angle--at the highpoint, just below the first crux. We also discovered a much more recent sign of passage--a #1 BD wired Hexentric with a bail 'biner, slotted behind a detached block, much lower on the route's second pitch.
The Ruckman guide's topo for the Dragon Arch shows a single bolt below the large roof; upon closer inspection of older Wasatch guidebooks--Thanks, Brian!--we found no mention of any reported activity there. Due to the extent of their wear--both bolts were badly oxidized, and the second, higher bolt protruded by nearly a 1/2"--and to the availability of solid gear within inches, we opted to remove both relics from the route. Their locations--both holes were drilled just below finger-sized cam placements--may also reveal the era during which they were placed.
By tenesmus
Nov 30, 2009

By bheller
From: SL UT
Nov 30, 2009
rating: 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

Great route! Bring loads of slings for the pitch that begins under the large roof- every piece of protection needs a sling- and I found myself placing lots of protection!
By apross
Feb 21, 2010

Mega route.
By Ben Folsom
Jul 7, 2010
rating: 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c

Great route! Had a lot of fun on this climb. This newly established route will become a classic. Great line, position and movement.
By jasonk
From: Sandy, UT
Jul 8, 2010

“Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.”

Way to find this line, very cool.
By Spencer Weiler
From: Salt Lake city
Mar 17, 2013

Really great route, very fun with many short crux sections followed by no hands rests. A #4 camalot protects the initial fist crack section, though you can bury a #3 camalot in the back as well. Am I missing something, or is the first crux bulge where Shingo suggests small Peenuts or tcus for pro now protected by a bomber bolt? I was happy it was there for sure. I did not place anything smaller than a blue tcu on this pitch. The exit moves past the horn before the anchor are awesome!
Another great .11 crack in LCC.
By tenesmus
Nov 3, 2013

Very much worth the hype! Pitch 1 is one of the best 5.10 pitches in the canyon. Highly varied, great gear with two nicely placed bolts. If you're a .10 leader, this is a must do. Don't be intimidated by the beginning wide crack as it's probably only 5.8 with a cool lip inside through most of it. And, you can rap from the top of this pitch with a single 70. I think this is way cooler than Mexican Crack - even though that is still a classic.
The last pitch was also super cool. I've seen a few of those layaway seams around and love the way this one kept giving and giving. Seems like getting into it was the business, then hanging on.
If you like this you'd love most of what you find at the East Gate. Climbs like:
Christopher of the Everglades
Negro Modello
Greying at the Routes
Vertical Horizons
and El Pipe Dream
Finally, if you like the last pitch you'd probably also like The 7th Way
By Mr. Hummus
From: SLC, Utah
Apr 17, 2016

This is a great route. Especially pitches 2 and 3. Comparing pitch 1 to Mexican crack is a bit misleading. The 5.10 approach is definitely the way to go, but definitely not the highlight of the climb.
I personally though that pitch 3 was the crux of the route.
Also worth noting is that a standard LCC rack should suffice. I was expecting to be placing a bunch of small gear, but really no need to double up on the microcams.
With the recent trail improvements, getting to the Egg and Dragon arch is quick and easy.

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