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Mystery Tour 

YDS: 5.9- French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 16 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Richard Rossiter and Pebby Johns, July 2006
New Route: Yes
Season: Not Winter
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Submitted By: Richard Rossiter on Jul 7, 2006

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  • Description 

    The 3 crack climbs, Mystery Ship, Ship of Fools, & Mystery Tour (aka Crack Land Dihedral) begin from a common system and branch to individual lines after the first 30 feet. Begin about 10 feet left of Mystery Ship and follow vague, blocky terrain to where the lines diverge (5.6, gear to 1 inch, 30 feet). All 3 lines top out at the belay tree for Dragon Slayer. Lower off or rappel 90 feet from slings with rings. Extensive cleaning and trail work have been done to provide access to these excellent crack climbs.

    These routes are located on the NW side of the Third Tier of Avalon just left of Mystery Ship. This is actually the far right side of the NE Face, perhaps 100 feet right of Ancient Light.

    Tape up for the Mystery Tour. Begin as for the previous two routes, but stay right and gain a stance beneath a magnificent, left-facing dihedral with a perfect crack. Jam to the top of the dihedral, then step left and climb the final crack for Ship of Fools. Hands, fists and arm bars. Bitchin'.


    Mystery Tour is the right of 3 cracks at the far right side of the Crack Land. Begin 10 feet left of Mystery Ship.


    Mostly cams from 1 inch to 4 inches. A 5-inch piece can be placed in a short offwidth section. Lower off or rappel 90 feet from slings with rings around a good tree.

    Photos of Mystery Tour Slideshow Add Photo
    Rock Climbing Photo: Enjoying the awesome crack.
    Enjoying the awesome crack.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Stemmin' up Mystery Tour.
    Stemmin' up Mystery Tour.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Richard on the FA of the spectacular dihedral of M...
    Richard on the FA of the spectacular dihedral of M...

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    By Tony B
    From: Around Boulder, CO
    Jun 20, 2008
    rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

    Better gear and better moves than it appears from the ground. A fun climb overall. Too bad the lower angle stuff at the bottom is not more like the top corner. No wide gear necessary, despite appearances.
    By Mark Cushman
    From: Cumming, GA
    Jul 1, 2008

    I hauled up several boat anchors because it looked wide from the ground, but never placed the really big stuff. Some #3 Camalots and a couple #2 Camalots would sew the climb up.
    By Ron Olsen
    From: Boulder, CO
    Jul 1, 2008
    rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

    A nice, physical corner crack -- too bad it's not longer. Two #2 Camalots and two #3 Camalots protect the widest sections well -- no need for anything larger. Smaller gear useful below and above the wide part. No need to tape up -- the crack isn't too rough.

    Belay at the tree at the top and bring your partner up. Then do Dragon Fly and Dragon Slayer which start at this tree.

    Thanks to Richard and Pebby for their hard work to open up these lines.
    By prod. Kenny
    From: Boulder, Co
    Sep 16, 2012

    Great line especially of you stay in the crack. Wish it was longer. I brought a #4 and used it, but it is not necessary. 2 #3s would be nice though.

    By Jay Eggleston
    From: Denver
    May 13, 2013
    rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

    I replaced the webbing on the descent tree on 5-12-13.
    By Eric Klammer
    From: Boulder, CO
    Jun 27, 2013
    rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

    Fun route! Steep dihedral with jugs to start and then lower angle perfect hands to the top. This is also a great climb for a hot summer day, as the crack is shaded and blows out cool air and making you never want to return to the ground!

    Webbing and rapide link on tree still in good condition.
    By Keith W
    May 21, 2016
    rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

    Fun climb! Lots of ways to approach it. I was able to get up using the crack and also just stemming oustide. Only need up to a #3 Camalot, though a #4 might calm yer nerves in the wide part. As of today, the tree anchor has some nice chord and two rap links.

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