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Route 166 

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

Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
FA: Tracy Sowder
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Submitted By: Jim Cormier on Jan 1, 2001

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Route 166 & Rawhide.


Climb the nice dihedral and continue up the short chimney near the top next to the rappel bolts.


Stoppers and cams. It can also set top rope from rappel bolts (which apparently have been removed) at the top.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Dave wiggling into the chimney.
Dave wiggling into the chimney.
Rock Climbing Photo: A pic of me about to plug in a pink tricam about 2...
A pic of me about to plug in a pink tricam about 2...

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By Michael Kullman
May 21, 2003

This picture shows Triple Mantle but not much of Route 166 (it's the corner just off the right edge of the picture). Fun climb to practice plugging in gear (did it all on passive pro), solid pro abounds, token chimney moves at the top.
By matt b
From: milliken co
Sep 24, 2010

You get a lot of rope drag if you top rope Route 166. Bring some gear this is a great, beginner, traditional, lead climb.
By Mike Pharris
From: Longmont, CO
Mar 30, 2011

As of 3/28/2011, the anchor bolts have been removed. Nothing but holes with the bolt sleeves left. Why remove these bolts?
By Andy Novak
From: Golden, Co
Jul 28, 2011

Yes, the bolts are indeed gone. WHY? Whoever the assface was that did it didn't do a very good job. If you're going to chop bolts, do it the RIGHT WAY. Now what is left is an atrocity. Such POOR FORM.
By Kurt Johnson
From: Estes Park, CO
Mar 26, 2012
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Climbed it on 3/26/2012 and no anchor bolts, which was fine except that the closest anchor involves a detached block (inches right of where the bolts used to be). Sure, this block is large, heavy, and wedged in place sort of like a chockstone, but it's still DETACHED and subject to movement, no matter how slim the chance...which is probably why the first ascentionist placed the 2 bolt anchor in the first place. I had a similar sized block that I was using as an anchor on Hallett shift on me about 6 inches and had the potential to completely slide off the top of the cliff. Whoever chopped that anchor wasn't using their brain.

Also, in the middle of the pitch are two blocks/flakes that are also mostly detached and hollow sounding and look like good places to put gear behind. They may hold a fall...or they may pop off and chop your rope.
By Andrew S.
From: Bouldurr
Apr 8, 2012

Forgot to check MP and found no bolts at the top as the guidebook suggests. Fun climb, I used the huge boulder up top for an anchor as well.
By Travis Provin
From: Boulder CO
Aug 20, 2016
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Very fun route. I started way left (off route, oops) and ended up traversing right into the chimney. Flakes, liebacks, finger jams, chimneys, and good pro, this is a great route. There are no bolts up top but a large boulder/chockstone that a TR can be built on.

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