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Grand Canyon - West Wall (E. Face)
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Dangers of Conformity T 
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Midnight Lumber T 
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Precious Jewell T 
Stitch in Time T 
Woodshed, The T 

Grand Canyon Donkey Trail 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a R

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Dave Houser and Jan McCollum, December 1978
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Submitted By: C Miller on Jul 17, 2002

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Sarah beginning the crux section (old school 5.10a...

Description 

Begin this route by climbing to a high first bolt and then continue up on grainy friction past three more bolts, the last one being above the dike. Bolted anchor/rap on top.

A fun climb that would be even better were the rock higher quality. Still, not a bad route and a recommended climb if in the area and wanting to do a slab route.

Location 

From the Split Rocks parking area follow the climber's trail west, aiming for a large formation with a diagonal dike running across it.

The route lies on the far right side of the formation and is the first climb encountered when approaching the wall. To the left is The Woodshed, an obvious vertical crack starting with face moves.

Protection 

4 bolts, bolted anchor/rap (all 3/8")


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By Ben Craft
Mar 24, 2003

I thought this climb was PG/R. You have to make the 10a move before you clip the second bolt.
By The Gray Tradster
Jul 24, 2003

Yep! it's an R for sure.
By Adam Stackhouse
Administrator
Jun 11, 2004
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R

Sketchy at the begining and a bit sustained. Multicruxed and arduous this climb saw my ascent simply based on some chick's admiration of the name. Thanks Dave and Jan.
By Locker
From: Yucca Valley, CA
Jun 13, 2004
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

I agree this is a route worth doing. Fun, easy to locate, short distance from parking area, on the way to some great climbing (Isles in the Sky area), and other moderate to hard climbing in the canyon area itself. Some real Jtree friction type moves that will have you wishing you were a bug.......
By RTM
Oct 22, 2009

Stylish moves for a friction route, climbing a face with just enough shallow dishes to make it possible. The crux runout seemed a bit forced though, as you're hanging out at a jug with the next bolt just out of reach. Anybody know what the 3-bolt route to the right of this one is? Had a bouldery friction crux low down in dark rock(11+ish)?
By C Miller
Administrator
Oct 22, 2009

The route to the right is called Mule Days (5.11a), FA by Bob Gaines. 3 bolts down low to join GCDT for it's last bolt.
By Roy Suggett
Mar 26, 2013
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R

One day long ago I blew the move off that big knob and crux. Big fall with a dike to hit half way through. Make sure your belay is good!