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Lyin' Like a Lion (in Zion) 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 65'
Original:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Josh Pollock and Steve Grigel, July 2013
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Josh on Mar 28, 2015

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BETA PHOTO: The route.


Intimidating opening moves to the lip of the overhang lead to an upper face that is high quality and surprisingly challenging. The crux is after the first bolt, standing up into small underclings and over the lip (stemming out to the tree is out of bounds and will leave your shoes sticky with pine pitch anyway). The upper face is consistent at the 5.8-5.9 level and worthwhile.


This is located just to the left of the pine tree growing against the wall.


7 bolts + 2-bolt anchor.

Photos of Lyin' Like a Lion (in Zion) Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Pulling the hard move by the 2nd bolt.
Pulling the hard move by the 2nd bolt.
Rock Climbing Photo: The good jug hold by the second bolt.
BETA PHOTO: The good jug hold by the second bolt.
Rock Climbing Photo: The upper slab portion.
BETA PHOTO: The upper slab portion.

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By Jay Eggleston
From: Denver
Mar 29, 2015
rating: 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b

This route is enjoyable once you figure out the difficult crux at the bottom. There is a great jug by the second bolt, but getting to it is not easy. Make sure you are warmed up before doing this climb.
By Leo Paik
From: Westminster, Colorado
May 15, 2015
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

Sorry, we snapped off most of the hold just above the 1st bolt when barely pulling on it. It makes it a wee bit harder. This is harder for short folks or those who prefer slabs.
By Josh
From: Golden, CO
Jun 12, 2016

Agreed that the now-smaller hold just above the first bolt makes it a bit harder, but that hold still offers a positive edge for fingertips and is pretty valuable for the opening sequence, at least for me.
By Dougald MacDonald
Mar 10, 2017
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

Harder than the 11a that's 50 feet to the right.
By David Reuille
From: Denver, CO
Apr 8, 2017
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a

Super confused by this route. Comment above mentions breaking a hold. I found the opening moves to be hard 5.11
By Aron Roberts
From: Denver, CO
Apr 11, 2017

David Reuille, I'm one of the guys who were talking to you on Saturday about the tree and how the routes name may be the clue to your grading question! We are returning on Thursday to give it a go. Will report back!

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