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Fifteen Minutes of Shame 

YDS: 5.10+ French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 20 British: E3 5b PG13

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 200', Grade III
Original:  YDS: 5.10+ French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 20 British: E3 5b PG13 [details]
FA: Ben Kiessel (solo), Brad Brandewie belayed on the first pitch at a earlier date.
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Ben Kiessel on May 8, 2006

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The east side of the Rhino's Horn looks like a giant upside down letter "Y". Fifteen minutes of Shame starts on the left leg of the "Y".
Pitch 1: 20' of clean finger crack leads to a small roof and a short section of bad rock. Continue up a slabby dihedral to the anchors. I climbed this at 5.9 C1 but it will probably go free at 5.10+, the crux of which will be the small roof at the beginning. (100')
Pitch 2: Climb up broken cracks past 2 bolts to a big roof/overhang. Wiggle and squirm over the lip. Once over the lip, cut left onto the slab then back right to avoid a super thin crack. Easy climbing leads to some fun stemming and cool rock to get on the summit. I also climbed this pitch at 5.9 C1 and it too will go free but at about 5.11, with the crux getting up to and over the roof. (100')


The route is on the east side of the tower and starts from the saddle between the tower and the cliff. Looking at the tower from this saddle the route starts on the far left crack system. I rappelled the route, using the anchors of the "regular route". If you do this be sure to extend the anchors on the top so you will be able to pull the rope, also be prepared to swing back into the belay of pitch 1.


I had doubles of everything up to a #3 Camalot, one 3.5, and 4, a set of stoppers. You could probably place a #4 Big Bro on pitch 2 coming over the roof but I did not have one and was fine.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Nearing the top of the first pitch.
Nearing the top of the first pitch.
Rock Climbing Photo: A time-lapse shot of Ben working on the first pitc...
A time-lapse shot of Ben working on the first pitc...

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By jakobi
From: moab, utah
Nov 20, 2008

I climbed this route all free at what I reason to be 5.10+. Helmets are highly recommended as the belay at the top of pitch one is directly below a large sketchy chockstone that the leader will be pulling on. The offwidth section sports two bolts so leave the tubes at home. Outstanding views from a cool perch.
By Ben Kiessel
Nov 30, 2008

Nice job! Glad to hear that someone has been on the route.
By Mark Hammond
From: Eldorado Springs, CO
Apr 11, 2014

I agree on the 10+. One rope will get you down the regular route if you scramble to the 2nd anchor and take the 2nd rap skier's R.(which is not the way the slings were oriented). Then its an easy walk around the tower to your packs. Rapping skier's L. there would require 2 ropes and a longer return journey to the base of the route. The route had some fun climbing, but also some poor rock, worth doing once. We used a #4 Camalot to anchor the belayer at the base of the route.
By Raddam6
From: Salt Lake
May 12, 2016
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

We climbed it all free at about 5.11a. I left the stem, opting to avoid the chockstone entirely, climbing broken cracks out right.

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