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

Type:  Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Billy Smallen and Carl Dec, August 2008
New Route: Yes
Season: Mid-Day Shade
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Submitted By: Billy Smallen on Aug 20, 2008

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This route is a great moderate warm-up at the dihedrals! Start right behind the tower, directly below two bolts. Climb up and bust right after the second bolt to a small ledge. There is a small pod in the ledge that takes a grey alien nicely, a 0.75 Camalot or (even better) a 1.5 Friend fits in the flare above this. Follow the ledge to the shallow right facing dihedral. A #0 C3 or stopper fits nicely in the first pod. Get a good piece then stem and lieback your way through several more pods to a hand jam. From there run it out a couple of feet to the bolt anchors.


Behind the towers and left of the cracks (bloody elbows, etc) at the dihedrals. The first bolt is roughly 8 feet off the ground and has a half pink anodized hanger.


2 each 0.3-#2 Camalot, Stoppers (or #0 C3), 2 Bolts

Photos of ker-THUD! Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down "ker-THUD" from the anchors
Looking down "ker-THUD" from the anchors
Rock Climbing Photo: The route follows the shallow right facing dihedra...
BETA PHOTO: The route follows the shallow right facing dihedra...

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By Eric Odenthal
Sep 19, 2008

a bit slimy, and a bit run. gear is so so. O tcu good beta.
By GeorgeHM
Jun 11, 2010

I didn't think it was that bad. Pretty fun actually. It is a little run out true, but if you clip the bolt and move right there is gear. A couple of fun moves! Good warm-up.
By cdec
From: SLC, UT
Jul 13, 2010

Surprised to hear about run out. We thought it was pretty reasonable. Run out from the bolt to the crack or from the last piece to the chains? We wanted to add a reasonable moderate that would get climbed.
By Mountain Dreamer
From: Salt Lake City
May 29, 2012

The route seems to be cleaning up and getting a bit easier with time.
By Kevin Gillest
From: Arvada, CO
Oct 1, 2012
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Thought the bolts were well spaced, the gear was fine, if 5.9 happens to be your limit, this route might be a bit scary.

The lichen is still heavy, needs more traffic, but all key holds are free of lichen now.
By evan h
From: Denver, CO
Nov 11, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Maybe I didn't traverse right early enough, but the gear I placed between the last bolt and the dihedral proper was suspect at best. It might have worked as an aid placement, but I doubt the rock is solid enough to take a fall at that point. If that piece failed, you're hitting the ground. The upper crack was fun, but I wasn't thrilled on the lichen-covered slab and suspect gear before the dihedral. Not a bad route, but that's my 2 cents for a budding 5.9 trad leader.

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