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YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Steinfell Club, 1960's
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Submitted By: Nathan Fisher on Jun 6, 2004

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Nearing the chains on "Skyline"


On the NW side, just left of the bolted line that comes off the ledge is this relatively easy ascent path to the top. It follows a crack/flake system whick ends at a difficult to attain (and protect) ledge move. Move right on the ledge and face climb to get to the leftward traversing overhead crack that becomes another flake/crack system. After a while exit this crack and finish on the highly features face with sparse but adequate protection.


A standard rack will be sufficient with an emphasis on the small gear. Runners are also handy.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Skyline
Rock Climbing Photo: Climber on Skyline, Photo taken from the summit of...
Climber on Skyline, Photo taken from the summit of...
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbers topping out on Skyline.
Climbers topping out on Skyline.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up Skyline from the base of the route.
BETA PHOTO: Looking up Skyline from the base of the route.
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbers on Skyline
Climbers on Skyline
Rock Climbing Photo: Me on lead of skyline checkin out the ultra juggy ...
Me on lead of skyline checkin out the ultra juggy ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Climber topping out on MGS near dusk.
Climber topping out on MGS near dusk.
Rock Climbing Photo: Jake on Skyline
Jake on Skyline
Rock Climbing Photo: the route, from the belay landing
the route, from the belay landing
Rock Climbing Photo: Beautiful!
Rock Climbing Photo: Sky Line route, generally follows the crack, then ...
Sky Line route, generally follows the crack, then ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Climber high on skyline face.
Climber high on skyline face.
Rock Climbing Photo: Dan sets off on to the beautiful, featured upper f...
Dan sets off on to the beautiful, featured upper f...

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By vincent pierce
Jul 26, 2004

One of the great climbs at the city! You may have to wait in line for this one but it's worth it. View from the top is as spectacular as the climb. The bottom half is killer and the runout upper half is easy but so much fun.
By John J. Glime
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 19, 2005

Wow! Be sure to climb this route, it is excellent.
By Nathan Fisher
Sep 5, 2005

Not nearly as runout as I remembered it. Bring small cams for the upper face and you can sew it up. A great lead for a 5.8-5.9 leader.
By sqwirll
From: Las Vegas
May 29, 2007

I didn't think the upper face was sparsely protected at all. There are numerous places to put nuts between patina plates, very similar to Red Rocks.
By Amy Denicke
From: Aspen, CO
Jun 25, 2007

This was my first trad lead and even though I had to downclimb to lengthen the sling at the crux undercling, it was such a fabulous climb. Highly recommended!!!
By Fat Paul
From: Central, NJ
Jun 12, 2009

Had to bail from route just above crux in hail storm on 6/5. Use a long sling to extend your bail anchor to avoid crack from eating your rope.
By Bad Sock Puppet
Jul 19, 2009
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Best 5.8 in the City!
By Mattym Meinhold
Aug 23, 2009

Classic line! One 60m rope will just reach when rapping from the top anchors.
By Gary Schmidt
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 27, 2010

the "crux" traverse really is not that bad. Can easily put in two good pieces along the way with good hands and adequate feet. Such a cool climb and yes a 60 meter (contrary to the guidebook) will get you down.
By Riley Rollins
Oct 5, 2011

A fun route with a great view at the summit...but 4 stars? I thought the best part of the route was the "crux" traverse, and the rest just so-so. I would give batwings 4 stars over this line. Just my opinion.
By Chrisleath
From: Johnson City, TN
Apr 16, 2012

this is a must do. Keep climbing all the way to the top for the anchors. Great juggs for the final push. "Hero holds"
By wasatch-mtn-man
Jun 15, 2012
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Never feels insecure. Traverse gets your attention with only adequate feet but the undercling is solid and takes gear well. Protected upper face with several horizontal C4's but really is easy climbing once you leave the crack. Bucket land from there all the way to the top with an amazing top-out and view. Sweet climb.
From: Alpine, Utah and Almo, Idaho
Nov 23, 2012

You can downclimb Morning Glory Spire on the south side - probaly 5.5/6 - should you ever find yourself on top without a rope.
By K Baumgartner
Jun 27, 2013
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Undercling move was underwhelming. Extend your runners to reduce drag. 70m gets you down to the ledge where Fall Line commences.
By Daniel Nelson
From: Jackson, WY
Oct 29, 2013

Fantastic Route mostly because of view from top/location. A 70m rope is enough to comfortably rap on. Intimidating Undercling start probably 5.8, but well protected with small gear prior to committing fully. The vast majority of this route is cruiser 5.6/7. Must do!
By Matthew Abbott
Nov 12, 2013

I was unaware that the route broke right at the bulge to follow the left trending under cling and instead I climbed straight up the bulge with micro gear through the seam. It was certainly harder than 5.8, but does anybody know what it goes at?

Great climb!
By grk10vq
Nov 13, 2013

By S.Lee
May 20, 2014

Amazing route, one of my first leads. Lots of great stopper placements.
By Matt Steubing
From: Salt Lake City, Utah
Nov 22, 2014

If you can sit through the video on this link (sorry it's long) you'll get a good look at this amazing route and the quality of the rock. No question the best 5.8 in the City. This is a few years ago and so it's a GoPro Hero 1. Love the view at the top.

By Will Wright
From: Phoenix
Jun 15, 2015

Left two Backcountry heliums at the top of this climb last night 6/13/15. If found my friend would be most grateful if you PM me to return them.

Please be aware that a 60M rope will NOT reach the ground if the descender is to the anywhere to the left of the ledge the climb starts on. Advice to the contrary found in a guidebook contributed to a fall and broken ankle -- lucky we dodged more severe injuries or death! I advise to use at least 70m rope for however you choose to get off this climb.
By Roy Suggett
Sep 28, 2015
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

There are easy ways to avoid problems like the above mentioned mishap.
By Andrew Gerald Thaller
Jul 25, 2016
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Great climb and a classic, however comparing it to "City" routes I feel it is easier than Fred 5.8, White Flake 5.8 and Triple Roofs 5.7. In comparing it to High Exposure 5.6 in the Gunks, it is easier. I am saying 5.6.
By bheller
From: SL UT
Jul 25, 2016

Gunk's grades are lies Andrew...don't ever use them as standards. Skyline has been 5.8 for 60 years...the underling is the crux and is over quickly. High Exposure is not accurately graded for US standards. I've climbed both routes many times and as a strange as it may seem at the 5.8 grade, High exposure would be more of a power endurance 5.8 where Skyline would be more Bouldery. Both routes are among my favorites.
By Andrew Gerald Thaller
Nov 11, 2016
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

probably right Bheller, who care right climbing is fun :)

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