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Cynical Pinnacle
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Center Route T 
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Hand Job (aka West Face) T 
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Monkey in the Forest T 
Off-width Route TR 
Rap Crack T 
Rising Crescendo T 
Turf Spreader T 
Twist O' Flex T 
Wunsch's Dihedral T 
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Off-width Route 

YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b

Type:  TR, 1 pitch, 90'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: unknown
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Submitted By: pete cogan on Aug 3, 2006

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  • Description 

    Let's say you find yourself at the base of the Cynical Pinnacle and the weather turns dicey. You decide watching the black clouds roll in from 200 feet off the deck is not ideal. Here's a worthwhile alternative.

    The Off-width Route hasn't seen much traffic, but it offers a decent route. The first half, which can be protected with the largest cams, is moderate. The difficulty is half way up, when the wall steepens, the crack turns to wider than stacked fists, and the feet disappear -- Vedauwoo in the South Platte. It finishes off with great hand jams.

    Very easy to set up a top rope on gear, but it certainly could be led.


    Instead of heading up the ramp that leads to the base of the Center Route, go right along the base of the rock 100 yards until you reach a cliff. You can skirt the cliff on the left -- and then walk down and view the route -- or, if you look down and right, you'll see a hand crack in front of you widening to an off width.


    If you led this, from hands to a couple of #6 cams. In addition, 2 finger size cams could be used in horizontal cracks that you can't see from the ground.

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