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Trident 

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

   
Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
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Submitted By: James Garnett on Jul 20, 2003

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BETA PHOTO: Third Pinnacle, East Face routes: Wide Crack, 5.4....

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  • Description 

    This is an easily accessible, after-work roof-practice climb.

    To get there, take either the Amphitheater Anchor Access or Amphitheater Express trail up to a small level area at the base of the third Pinnacle, directly west of the second Pinnacle and the top of the Amphitheater.

    The anchor points for this one are easily reached via a short hike around the northern side of the rock, but note that there are no fixed bolts, so you'll need to set your own pro if you decided to toprope. Begin the climb by gaining a ledge about 15' up, either straight up the slab or by following an easy crack and dihedral to its right. Turn the ~3 foot roof above, using plentiful, good handholds, and then scramble to the summit. f you're leading this one, be sure to set enough pro to keep from decking on the ledge directly below.

    Protection 

    Standard Flatirons rack.


    Photos of Trident Slideshow Add Photo
    Rock Climbing Photo: Bob attempting the roof.
    BETA PHOTO: Bob attempting the roof.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Bob on Trident.
    Bob on Trident.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Toprope set up on Trident.
    BETA PHOTO: Toprope set up on Trident.

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    By nick moeckel
    Mar 8, 2005

    Fun moves up to and through the roof, especially if you take the slabby start. Above the roof the climbing wasn't anything special.
    By ConnerM555
    From: Denver
    Sep 22, 2015

    The roof is fun.
    By Matt Bentley
    From: Boulder, CO
    Mar 6, 2017
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    Trident is a great, though short, route with a fun, challenging roof. The roof move is the only reason this route is 5.7, and I found that a nice drop knee on a flake on the leftmost crack was an easy answer to this big roof.

    The rest of the route is typical Flatiron slabby stuff, and the beginning can be made harder by climbing the slabby parts to the left or right of the 4th Class scramble listed as the official start.

    To toprope this route, hike around the back of the 3rd Pinnacle and up an easy barely-4th-Class scramble to the summit, and loop some boulders and flakes with long slings or cord. Other passive gear is really easy to place at the top for an anchor, so bring along your stoppers and hexes if you've got 'em.

    Beware of the tree, as it's a bit in the way, particularly as you throw your rope down.

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