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Three Dragons 

M7

   
Type:  Trad, Mixed, Alpine, 5 pitches, 350'
Original: M7 [details]
FA: Phil Wortmann, Jack Rodat, Noah McKelvin (with an appearance of Erik Wellborn)
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Noah McKelvin on Oct 24, 2014

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First two pitches.

Description 

Two years ago, Erik Wellborn, Phil Wortmann, and I jumped on it. We only made it 30 feet up and bailed due to the moss and intimidating nature of the first couple pitches.

This has got to be one of the best alpine "mixed" routes I've done, and that's not because I'm partial. It really is classic, as good, if not more so, than the The Ole 6 to the right.

Three Dragons takes the steepest line (so far) straight up the middle of the Corinthian Column. The route has it all, from roofs, to technical pulls, to moss, to fantastic hooks. At many times, the route seems too thin to go, but it's all there. The climbing stays sustained from a foot off the ground to P4.

P1. (M6/7) Start off the ground on funky terrain to the first roof. Pull around it, and milk a rest. Place good gear, and then gun it through vertical terrain with hard to get feet and technical hooks. Pull through an odd bulge with a good pin, and set up a belay in an alcove below the second intimidating roof.

P2. (M6/7) Commit to the overhang with good gear but pretty bad feet. Once you turn the roof, climb insecure exciting M5+ to a nice ledge, thankfully. The gear is there. Work for it.

These two pitches could be combined, but we found with the sustained nature that we didn't have enough gear to link, but the hardmen will probably think differently.

P3. (M5+) Start up left in a corner. Five feet to the right is a thin crack. Place a good piece, and climb a little bit higher. Make an exciting move, and commit to the crack. Move up the M5+ crack. The gear gets better the higher you get. Choose your own terrain above with a fun mantel to a big ledge on the leftmost side below a wide crack in a dihedral.

P4. (M6/7) Climb up the dihedral for 10 feet, and then start the journey by traversing right. Up and right you should see what looks like a vertical blank face. You traverse a small let until at the base. Don't go up the dihedral all the way. It leads to a slab. Once at the base of the seam, commit. All I gotta say is it's beyond classic. It ends with a great M5+ dihedral to a great ledge.

P5. (M easy) Climb the broken terrain to the top.

Now listen to the "rangers" yell at you to get down. :)

Location 

Halfway between Blind Assumption and Total Abandon is the roof system. It is hard to miss.

Protection 

Typical mixed rack.


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By phil wortmann
From: Colorado Springs, Co.
Oct 24, 2014
rating: M8

Super fun line, some of the funnest pitches I've done on Pike's. Once this cleans up a little, it will make a great summer rock line as well. The Park has Two Dragons... well on Pike's we have Three Dragons!
By Jikimika Dinglehoffer
From: Lander, Wy
Nov 24, 2014

Well done, would like to check it out. FYI, Jack's last name is Rodat.
By Noah McKelvin
From: Colorado Springs
Nov 27, 2014

Hey JD! Thanks for the edit error. Hope you're doing well!
By Chris Dickson
From: Telluride, Colorado
Apr 9, 2015

Been eyeing this as a rock route every time I walk by the Column. It's going down this summer!

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