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Old Dihedral 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 45'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
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Submitted By: pete cogan on Sep 29, 2002

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Second lead on gear. Solid route.

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This is a fun, short trad climb just to the left of Joint Venture. Rolofson calls it 5.8; Rossiter 5.7. Regardless, it follows the obvious crack/dihedral up to a set of anchors you can easily see from the base of the cliff. The protection is good, the climbing is fun. A nice change of pace from the more rigorous bolted routes on this lower cliff.


Set of cams up to 3.5 will work fine, and you can add a set of stoppers too. Smaller cams at the start were helpful. Bolted anchors at the top from which you can rap.

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By Erik L Ahrn_
Oct 27, 2003
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Short but fun trad. route. Excellent practice for beginners.
By Steve Marr
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Nov 21, 2005

Fun route with great pro and positive edges all of the way to the top. Well worth the effort if you brought trad gear. An easy way to set up a top rope on Joint Venture.
By Mark Cushman
From: Cumming, GA
May 1, 2008
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

I didn't see anything resembling 5.8 on this climb, quite unremarkable. Maybe if you hauled your rack up and everything else was already being climbed you could get on this route.
By Julius Beres
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 27, 2008
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Short but fun. It is easier than Crack Corner (the other trad climb just to the left of it) in my opinion.
By Jay Eggleston
From: Denver
Jul 1, 2014
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

I agree that it is easier than Crack Corner to the left.
By Guy H.
From: Fort Collins CO
Oct 10, 2015

A set of nuts and cams to 0.75 is more than enough gear....
By Jess Arnold
From: Minneapolis, MN
May 30, 2017
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Fun beginner trad route. Definitely didn't need up to a 3 in cams but did well w/ a full set of nuts. Plenty of places to rest and double-check gear placement. Pretty short considering nearby routes.

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