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Skull and Bones 

YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 110'
Original:  YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Alvino Pon and Joseph Grubb, 2003.
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Submitted By: Matt Juth on Aug 15, 2003

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This is the bolted route to the left of Sunshine Dihedral. It is mentioned in the comments sections for the SSV and Monkey Skull.

There are a couple cruxes in the 10/10- range. The 10c crux is a bit of a one or two move wonder with a possible fall into a bush and some poison ivy (might go up your shorts!). This move is just before the traverse around the corner.

The route is a little spicy, dirty, and contrived on the last half.

The route is over 100 feet so a short down climb or a rap off other anchors is necessary.


12 draws. A few small and medium pieces can be placed.

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By Anonymous Coward
Apr 8, 2004

Though I suppose it could be avoided, that poison ivy bush about half way up has got to go. I caught a bad case from it.
By Matt Juth
From: Evergreen
Apr 29, 2004

Climbed it again yesterday. One move wonder not two. If you go straight up instead of veering right, it felt like a move of 10+/11-.
By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 18, 2005

The poison ivy bush is looking really healthy this year, it is giant! I gave up TRing this route after realizing the easiest way to climb it was very near the bush. This year if you fall there you could go right into it (on lead or TR).
By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 20, 2005

We rapped this route with a 60m, the rope ends just as you reach the ground. Lowering off after leading could be hazardous, however, as this takes a bit more rope ...
By Mike Robinson
From: Worcester, MA
Jun 19, 2007
rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

I would say that going strieght up in line with the bolts makes this a solid 11. The route is ok, but going left to the piton is a better variation.
By FCJohn
From: Fort Collins, CO
Jun 15, 2009

I was on this route for the second time in 4 days today.
There appears to be some exfoliated flakes that have come off of the crux of this pitch. Blasting straight up the bolt line was *wicked* hard at 11/12ish. While a bit contrived, the route can be held at the grade by climbing into the dihedral for a short bit, but you risk a face full of Poison Ivy. Which is worth noting....the Poison Ivy is extremely lush this year due to all of the rain we've been having.
By Curt Nelson
From: Fort Collins, CO
Oct 4, 2009
rating: 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

Really that's poison ivy? The route wanders, but it is still a good time. Going straight up at the crux is hard, some exfoliation has occurred.
By rob bauer
From: Golden, CO
Aug 24, 2010

I was all over this face! The obvious easy moves at the crux puts you on the biggest poison ivy patch I've ever seen on a route. (Somebody should bring some Round-Up up there, which would improve two routes!) So, I down-climbed several bolts and headed out left past the pins on Monkey Trial but didn't bring any small nuts, so then I went down around the flake (further left) and up to a bolt on Hollow Be Thy Name; then cut back right onto Monkey Trial, to a bolt, then down and back-cleaned the bolt off Hollow... and continued to the top. There's clearly been some exfoliation near the crux of Skull and Bones. (Or maybe I'm lame.) No falls, serious run out the way I did it, but interesting route finding [avoiding 2 cruxes on 2 seperate climbs] on good rock. Maybe a bit disappointing technically, but I had fun and not much harder than 10a R? [Moral: Bring Round-Up, small/med nuts and wear long pants.]
By eddie b
Sep 7, 2010

Thank you.
By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Jun 22, 2014

^^^ What is a better substitute?

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