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Left Dihedral aka Dihedral 1 aka First Dihedral 

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

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches
Original:  YDS: 5.12- French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Harvey T. Carter
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Submitted By: Ben Mottinger on Mar 29, 2001

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Matt trying to free climb the moves on the 2nd aid...


This is the right-facing dihedral at the Side Areas at area 1. A clean finger and hand crack crack offers good jams up the ramp to the chains. This route's first pitch and the other dihedral are good warmups for getting used to the sandstone in the area.

Pitch one goes at ~5.8+.

P2: per ??: The second pitch goes free at about 11+/12-.


Standard rack with an extra #1 and 1.5 Friend. Also a #4 Friend. 50m rope to lower off fixed anchor.

For P2 per ??: The thin sections protect reasonably well with micro stoppers (Metolius offsets are quite useful). A single set of Camalots #0.1-2, a single set of offset micro stoppers, and a couple extra hand size pieces will suffice for protection (for free climbing it).

Photos of Left Dihedral aka Dihedral 1 aka First Dihedral Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The vistas from this area are amazing.  Jim is cle...
The vistas from this area are amazing. Jim is cle...
Rock Climbing Photo: The British Invasion on her hardest tick to date.
The British Invasion on her hardest tick to date.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Captain leading D1 on the Slabs.
The Captain leading D1 on the Slabs.
Rock Climbing Photo: Dihedral #1 (5.8 - 1st pitch).
Dihedral #1 (5.8 - 1st pitch).
Rock Climbing Photo:
Rock Climbing Photo: Rick Sanders in Dihedral #1.
Rick Sanders in Dihedral #1.

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By Frank Stock
Jun 5, 2001

Quality route-what you see is what you get from the ground. Low angle makes it easier than it appears though. The right angling 5.9 diagonal crack just to the left that finishes directly abouve the left dihedral is very worth doing although the start has a bit of dubious rock.
By Leo Paik
From: Westminster, Colorado
Mar 9, 2002

This is also known as Dihedral #1 from the old Desert Rock guide. It has 2 pitches. Done by Harvey T Carter. 2nd pitch is 10+ A3. Thin, Challenging, inviting.
By Doug Redosh
From: Golden, CO
Apr 18, 2003

Known as First Dihedral in Desert Rock III. Can rap from chains 50' feet up. Harder than it looks, with the first of 2 cruxes @ 30'. Protects well and solid rock.
By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
May 9, 2005
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

[Fun] intro to [the] area and rock there. The route [is] good on the bottom pitch, and looks good on the top 5.10 section, although I did not do that, and apparently nobody else does either. The book claims A3 to get to that, but in reality it looks like 2 bomber cams to a perfect cam-hook crack for maybe 5 meters. A3? No. I wish I'd taken a few cam- hooks or Crack'n-ups on the trip to enable me to go up for the top of this one.
By Ben Boykin
From: Cheyenne, WY
Mar 27, 2007
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

First pitch only. Dang this was hard for me. Didn't keep my feet high enough so I was struggling all the way. Hate liebacks, so I guess I was asking for trouble: Climbed it as a thin hands/fingers crack. Don't do that! Lieback the thing, jam when it opens up for you, & rest.

Beautiful route.
By Jesse Zacher
From: Grand Junction, Co
Oct 21, 2008

The second pitch goes clean at C2. Bring some small nuts and cams and two large Cam Hooks. Watch out for the loose blocks up top. The anchors are are in good condition. A 70 meter rope with stretch makes you to the ground barely.
By Mikelsons Mikelsons
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 28, 2009
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

This is a beautiful line and it must be climbed. I lead it and it's solid 5.7. There's not much variety in the moves - just layback the whole thing. There are at least two good rests. If you're in this area, climb this one!
By Cameron Turner
From: Eagle
Apr 29, 2015
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Good route, good gear, do it :)

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