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Ben Dover 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Brian Mullin
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Submitted By: Ben Mottinger on Sep 2, 2001

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Ryan Anderson leading Ben Dover.


This is a great face climb on edges, sidepulls, and knobs. At the left-center of the dome, locate the route about 30m right of the large, right-facing dihedral (Roof Bypass, #3).

Several mini-cruxes are possible by avoiding the flake on the right, but the difficulty is not increased. This is a really fun route--do it.


About 5-6 draws to a 2-bolt anchor.

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This would be bend over looking from the road.
This would be bend over looking from the road.
Kimberly on the thin holds of Ben Dover.
Kimberly on the thin holds of Ben Dover.
C. Love rocking Ben Dover while Ralphie climbs two...
C. Love rocking Ben Dover while Ralphie climbs two...
Ben Dover.
BETA PHOTO: Ben Dover.

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By Michael Heinrichs
Oct 19, 2003

If Ben Dover is climbed in shoes with a Five Ten rubber is that considered safe stealth?
By Larry Shaw
Jul 27, 2005
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Fun climb on edges and knobs. Forget about the flake thing on the right, no need to go there.
By Dean Cool
From: Boulder, CO
May 29, 2007
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

This is a fun slab climb. I do believe that if you use the flake on the right of the bolts and the left of the anchor it lowers the rating to a 5.9.
By jeff bryan
From: Cortez, co
Sep 10, 2008

The white line on the beta photo shows the way to climb the route. Don't get sucked left. It may pull you left but it is actually harder to get back on route. Stay with the bolt line.
By Bill Olszewski
From: Colorado Springs, CO
May 12, 2010
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Great route! Very sustained with few natural rests. Had to wander a bit from side to side to find the holds.
By L G
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 5, 2010

This felt much harder than 5.9 when leading straight up bolt line, which mentally exaggerated the somewhat lengthy spacing between bolts. The path of least resistance, and likely closer to the advertised rating of 9/9+, seemed to be mostly near the arete on the left after clipping bolt 2, followed by a bit of meandering up high.
By Kenny P
From: Woodland Park
Aug 3, 2013
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

I agree, the route straight up (roughly following bolts, with the occasional moves left and right) would be a sand-bagged 5.9. I felt the climbing more along the 10a/b and felt fine just calling it "5.10".
If this grade is near one's max, it'd definitely provide some entertainment- perhaps.
Anyway, good route.
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