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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Marcy Makarewicz and Geir Hundal
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Geir on Aug 29, 2009

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BETA PHOTO: GTKO from near the base

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A fun, moderate trad route in the Glitter Box area. Start on a low angle face and climb up the obvious crack above. The crux is near the top of the climb.

GTKO stands for Green-Throated Kettle Owl, a rare desert species.


From the parking lot, follow the trail east to Lower Devil's canyon. Turn right on to the faint trail heading toward the Totem Pole. The route can be identified using the attached photo.


Stoppers, singles to 1.75", doubles of 2"-3.5", single 4". Bolted rap anchor at the top.

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By Marcy
From: Tempe/Tuscon, AZ
Sep 2, 2009
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Much of the lower ~40' of GTKO is maybe 5.7ish. The small bulge at the top is 5.8.
By David Arthur Sampson
Dec 30, 2016

I have yet to climb this route! Next time that I am in the area I will. Thanks to Marcy and Geir for putting this up.

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