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Turkey Chute 

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

Type:  Trad, 45'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
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Submitted By: david baker on Jan 31, 2006

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BETA PHOTO: Decent shot of As the Crow Flies 5.8 (red rope cli...

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This is the dihedral directly south of As the Crow Flys. The climb is actually 5.6 except for the bouldery move getting into the dihedral. This is a good intro to crack climbing. The crack takes good gear the whole way and there are great feet on either side of the dihedral. Use Anchor and rap rings for As the Crow Flys. Step left to ledge at top of climb to reach bolts. There are several top rope problems that can be done on either side of Turkey Chute ranging from 5.6-5.9


.75-3 cams Bolt anchor and rap rings. There are two additional bolts directly on top of Turkey Chute with an easy walk off if you choose not to rap.

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Rock Climbing Photo: View from the TR anchor for Turkey Shoot.
View from the TR anchor for Turkey Shoot.
Rock Climbing Photo: Top down view of Turkey Chute so you can see the d...
BETA PHOTO: Top down view of Turkey Chute so you can see the d...
Rock Climbing Photo: looking down on it..
looking down on it..
Rock Climbing Photo: Turkey shoot dihedral
Turkey shoot dihedral
Rock Climbing Photo: Turkey Shute- 6/20/2009
Turkey Shute- 6/20/2009
Rock Climbing Photo: Turkey Chute and top rope problems next to it.
Turkey Chute and top rope problems next to it.

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By Bill Olszewski
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jan 27, 2008

This is a great climb - nothing like a low-angle dihedral with great gear! I second the opinion regarding the start.
By RockyR
From: Encinitas, CA
Aug 12, 2011

This was my 2nd trad lead route. For me the first section to get on the actual ledge is the crux. Placed a nut just on the right side of the rock before the ledge. Then once I made it up on the ledge it was fairly fun placing pro on the crack or either side of the wall. There's an anchor with quick links straight up above the route. Just keep going straight up and you will find it on top.
By attila
Feb 23, 2012

One rap ring is missing, but you can easily rap from As The Crow Flies anchor/rap (down and left).
By Industrialwrench
From: El Cajon, Ca
Oct 29, 2012
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Both rap rings are there, but it's a safe solo. The little boulder problem at the start is the crux, just finish it off as a highball.
By Andrew TST
Sep 25, 2013

Great boulder problem start but not possible to protect you would get a nice double bonk if you fell. Both quicklinks are no longer there so if you don't want to walk down, down climb to the Crow and rap off.
By Lou Cerutti
From: Carlsbad, California
Jun 16, 2014

Put two new screw links and rap rings up on this route this past Saturday. Great beginner trad lead. Using a 0-00 TCU on the right as mentioned by Rocky protects the bouldery move onto to the ledge.
By Tom Thomas
From: Pittsburgh
Jul 28, 2015

I found this route to be fun, but with that said is was also quite dirty. A purple o metolus cam protects the start and the rest is just 5 fun. Here are some long arm pics of me solo leading this route.
Rock Climbing Photo: Classic tree anchor and the zero cam to protect th...
Classic tree anchor and the zero cam to protect the start.

Rock Climbing Photo: High on the route
High on the route

Rock Climbing Photo: The Turkey Shoot
The Turkey Shoot
By Mattrofact
Feb 27, 2016
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Nice, fun climb, though a little dirty. It is located in a popular spot that can get rather crowded. In the past, climbers have had to keep on the lookout for bee swarms.
By Jer Om
From: San Diego, CA
Dec 6, 2016
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Boulder problem to start off is much tougher than the rest of the route. Fun practice for placing passive Pro. You can do variations such as using no dihedral or practicing crack. Pretty popular so expect to see chalk on the good crack holds.

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