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Prelude to King Kong 

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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Rob Candelaria, c. 1974
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Submitted By: Ben Mottinger on Jan 1, 2001

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  • Description 

    P1: Start at the top of the large ramp on the left end of the Dome. Follow a left-facing dihedral to a thin crack (crux) and belay on a ramp at the bottom left of the "A" shaped roof.

    P2: Continue with Gorilla's Delight, 5.9+, (yellow) straight up from the belay, or hook left around the roof to a nice 5.7 hand and fist crack.

    Descent: walkoff to the left side of the Dome.


    Standard Rack, #3-4 Friend for P2 (7 variation).

    Photos of Prelude to King Kong Slideshow Add Photo
    Rock Climbing Photo: Second pitch crux.
    Second pitch crux.
    Rock Climbing Photo: The "Yote" slides easily past the crux.
    The "Yote" slides easily past the crux.
    Rock Climbing Photo: First pitch crux.
    First pitch crux.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Dan Mottinger at the crux--Sept 15.
    Dan Mottinger at the crux--Sept 15.

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    By Kirill Kireyev
    From: Boulder, CO
    Nov 3, 2005

    Near the top, don't use the sloping block on the left - stick to the dihedral on the right - keeps the level more consistent.
    By max seigal
    From: boulder
    Jan 11, 2008

    As of 1-4-08 there is a fixed #0.5 Camalot on the second ice storm was moving in and my partner was unable to get it out in time, so we bailed.
    By Phil Lauffen
    From: The Bubble
    Oct 13, 2008

    I really like this climb. Maybe not as classic as The Owl, but an exciting finger crack problem, with bomber gear placements the entire way. Since I'm not that good, I took the 5.7 crack to the left of Gorilla's Delight and found a sweet sequence of jams. The Dome surely possesses quite a few gems. GET DOME!
    By Chris Plesko
    From: Westminster, CO
    Mar 27, 2011
    rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

    More or less a one move wonder, but it protects well and it's tricky to read onsight. Definitely worth climbing if you're at the Dome.
    By The Blueprint Part Dank
    From: FEMA Region VIII
    Feb 13, 2017

    Agreed with above posters. Tricky as an onsight but a solid 5.9 by local trad standards. Very fun route and much more worthwhile than it appears from the ground.

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