Bowling Alley- aka Durrance approach route
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It's best to use this approach when there are no climbers on durrance and during the winter when the normal approach has snow and ice on it. The right crack has better pro but either one is run out.
keep following the trail until you get to the steel viewing tubes then head up
medium to large protection
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A cold winter day in the "warm" Bowling Alley. If...
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Joelle enjoys the sunshine at the anchors.
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BETA PHOTO: Bowling Alley aka Durrance approach route
Matt G. Leading us up the approach. Labor day wee...
|Comments on Bowling Alley- aka Durrance approach route
|By John Gunnels|
From: Gillette, WY
Mar 17, 2008
WEAR A HELMET! This area is called the "Bowling Alley" for a very good reason! Regarding protection, the left crack will eat as many #2, #3 and #4 Camalots as you can beg, borrow or steal...
From: Rapid City, SD
Mar 18, 2008
This is a nice warm up route for the Durrance and takes as much gear as you want to take the time to place.
There is a set of anchors straight up from the start, but I usually put a long runner on those and keep heading left, building an anchor near the start of the leaning tower. This helps avoid any possible falls on the exposed traverse.
Nov 5, 2012
did this one afternoon/evening. had no beta and didn't even own any pro. it was a little nerving at the "crux" which wouldn't been having have even a single placement. undoubtedly left me looking for more. can't wait to go back.