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Pterodactyl Traverse 

YDS: 5.12d French: 7c Ewbanks: 28 UIAA: IX ZA: 28 British: E6 6b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.12d French: 7c Ewbanks: 28 UIAA: IX ZA: 28 British: E6 6b [details]
FA: Equipped by Mark Rolofson, FFA Peter Beal
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Peter Beal on Jun 15, 2002

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  • Description 

    Climb the traverse line right of Dynamic Duel to a tricky crux at the end. The end is getting two hands on the obvious jug. After the first (easy) section of caramelized, rat droppings, this route is really good, like an easy version of Desdichado.

    This climb follows the obvious traverse line on the left end of the long overhang, left of Flying Beast.


    7 bolts/anchor.

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    By Anonymous Coward
    Jun 20, 2002

    When giving the details, please give info that will get one to the climb without a guidebook in hand. Dynamic Duel is referenced. Where is that?
    By Peter Beal
    From: Boulder Colorado
    Jun 25, 2002

    This climb follows the obvious traverse line on the left end of the long overhang.
    By Peter Hunt
    Aug 29, 2002

    This route is much better than the first twenty feet look, and it is possible to avoid the brown stuff. It's left of the Flying Beast not Dynamic Duel. You get to the finishing jug by moving down and left, not by going straight up to the area of the anchors.
    By Ben Crawford
    From: Boulder, CO
    May 5, 2015

    Does anyone know the name of the line just to the left of the climber in the picture (in between this one and Dynamic Duel)? There is also a bolted traverse running through that is not listed on this site or in the book.
    By Peter Beal
    From: Boulder Colorado
    May 7, 2015

    Ben, that is an old project. The traverse is chipped, but the upper seam/corner is all natural and brick hard, maybe V13 bouldering?
    By Mark Rolofson
    May 25, 2015

    In August 2000, I actually did more than just equip this climb. I redpointed to where I was able to grab the right anchor (.12c). My intent was not to stop here but to traverse more left to the jug on the lip of the giant overhang. Here the anchor can be clipped. So I took the right anchor bolt out & put a new left anchor bolt in. The original left bolt becoming the right, so you couldn't end the route this way. I then added the last protection bolt which is a hard clip. The last moves to the jug are quite hard. I was never able to do them. I haven't been on it for years, but I am surprised to see it rated only .12d. The finish seemed more like 5.13. I had no problem letting Peter get the FFA. I had enough of the bat shit flake. The hard traverse past the flake is excellent if you can stomach the flake.

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