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The Dog 

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

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 400'
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: B. & R. Gillett, 1986
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Submitted By: Leo Paik on Jan 1, 2005

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High on the second pitch.

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This is a pleasant, 3 pitch route on the Left Book. It may not be quite the quality of Hiatus or White Whale, but it can provide a good alternative for those who have done the more popular classics enough that they have lost their charm or when the popular classics have queues leading to frustration. This line lies just left of White Whale on the 'almost climb anywhere slab.' It follows distinct terrain and is probably harder than White Whale or Manifest Destiny, but it seems easier than Hiatus or Beelzebub. The start lies near the nadir of the Left Book.

P1. This starts up in the left-facing dihedral with two loop-able horns above 15 feet up just left of White Whale. Follow this dihedral up easy terrain for 30 feet or so, you can sling the first tree of White Whale, then the difficulty ratchets up as the dihedral closes tighter than fingers (which feels like the crux) for a few moves. The dihedral opens up just above. There is a good rest before the dihedral fades. Where it fades, face climb (5.7) left with no protection for about 15-18 feet. Find a nice belay on a boulder in a notch. ~110 feet.

P2. From this notch lie two opposing dihedrals, take the right one (left-facing) to a small overlap (#3 Camalot), make a longish reach to a jug, pull over, slot a small cam (green Alien size), move R to a pleasant, easy crack. Run this to a stance. ~165 feet.

P3. Continue up angling left with face & crack moves (perhaps 35 feet) & then angle right to a sloping ramp. Move over the ramp & gain a small R dihedral-like feature, find an old pin, face climb up to a small roof, pass the roof on the R. This bit above the pin may feel slightly runout. ~100 feet. 2.2 stars.

Apparently, P2 has a variation continuing straight over the overlap with 5.6 s climbing (perhaps 70 feet without protection).

Walk off left down the Paperback Ledge.


Standard rack to #3.5 Camalot or #4 Friend. More hand to fist size if you sew up easy cracks.

Photos of The Dog Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Wet Dog.
Rock Climbing Photo: Pitch 2 from White Whale belay.
Pitch 2 from White Whale belay.
Rock Climbing Photo: Ray Nieb on P3, fun, fun, fun...oh, it's The Dog.
Ray Nieb on P3, fun, fun, fun...oh, it's The Dog.
Rock Climbing Photo: Unknown climber stretching the pitches to make it ...
Unknown climber stretching the pitches to make it ...
Rock Climbing Photo: 3rd pitch of "The Dog".
3rd pitch of "The Dog".
Rock Climbing Photo: Jeff Gunter on P1 at the crux.
Jeff Gunter on P1 at the crux.

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By craggin carl
Aug 2, 2005

Finally climbed this obscure gem. Not too bad, Save a blue Alien for the crux and the #7 stopper.
By Cale Farnham
Sep 29, 2008

Great route and decent pro, I loved the crux on this climb! I'd definitely do it again!
By Mark Roth
From: Boulder
Apr 11, 2011

You can reach up and place a green (0.75) Camalot above the crux on P2 before committing.
By Andy Hansen
From: Longmont, Colorado
Sep 14, 2014

Carefully stand on the boulder at the belay of P1. Definitely loose, definitely big and definitely poised to kill people.
By Russ Keane
Sep 17, 2014

This is a fun climb. It was actually quite different than White Whale, even though it's so close and goes up the same buttress.

A nice 5.7 option on the high-quality rock of the left book. Beautiful location!

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