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Bird Shit Avenue T,TR 
Broken Crack T,TR 
Cave Route T,TR 
Conglomerate Face TR 
Corner Climb T,TR 
Crackmard T 
Dihedral Route T,TR 
Face Route T,TR 
Liberty's Last Stand TR 
Lichen Roof T,TR 
Northern Unnamed T,TR 
Purdy Dirty TR 
Roof Route T,TR 
South "Moai" Unnamed Routes T 
South Corner T,TR 
South OW T 
Unnamed Corner T,TR 
Unnamed Overhang TR 
Unnamed Top Rope Section T,TR 
Wide Side, The T,TR 
Wishbone Crack T,TR 

Cave Route 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 45'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Dylan Demyanek
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Demyanek on Jun 21, 2012

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The opening moves.


From the start hold 10 feet inside the cave on the left, follow the vertical to overhanging crack/flake system for about 20 feet to a large jug. Using an undercling on the roof, make a reach to a slopey hold and stem up the remaining 10 feet of crack to the top. ***DO NOT USE THE CHOCKSTONES IN THE CRACK.*** They are quite insecure and likely to fall out if used.

For full value on this route, do not use the east side of the cave wall for chimneying/stemming, but stay exclusively to the western overhanging wall until you reach the final crack section.


To find this route, locate the large off-width crack about 50 feet to the south of the roof route. From here, walk around the pillar until you reach a cave-like formation. The start of the route is about 10 feet inside the cave on the left hand side. The start hold is a right hand jug about 7 feet off the ground.


This route is possible to top rope by putting two or three slings around the large, pedestal-style, rock formation on top of the large pillar. Alternatively, there is opportunity for gear placement throughout the entire route, and it would be possible to climb traditionally.

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By Demyanek
From: Fort Collins, CO
Jun 21, 2012

This route, even if somewhat contrived, has some pretty cool moves and is the only consistently overhanging route at Horsetooth I have climbed.
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