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South OW 

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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 40'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a [details]
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Submitted By: Brian Weinstein on Aug 12, 2004
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BETA PHOTO: South OW -- it's the wide crack in the center of t...


The route is located through the brush about 100 feet south of the roof route area. It's a prominent hand crack start followed by a short offwidth and tops out on a blocky face. Start with the nice hand crack (5.7+) for 15 feet to the offwidth. Enter the offwidth and grunt through (crux) whereupon climbing eases towards the top.

Note that a TR can also be set from above.

A nice and quick intro to hand cracks and offwidths.


Hand and offwidth size protection. 1 small set of stoppers/tri-cams for the upper section and anchor.

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By Danny
Oct 10, 2005
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a

When everything at Duncan's is taken, rest assured this one is open. This is IMHO the best route at Duncans. Depending on the time of year there can be varying amounts of poo poo at the beginning of the crux. A big piece (i.e., #5 Camalot) will add some piece of mind, however some hardmen do it with nothing bigger than a #3 Camalot.

By Tanner Mitchell
From: Fort Collins CO
Sep 28, 2008

Anyone have any photos of this route?

By Jake Kay
From: Jackson WY
Mar 23, 2009
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a

Fun route, with cool crux moves. A few pigeon nests, so don't mistake the bird crap for chalk marks.

By Robert Curry
From: Evans, Co
May 19, 2009

Yes, yes, the pigeon crap doesn't work very well.

By martinharris
From: Glenwood Springs CO
Jul 30, 2010

Some of the better rock at Duncan's with a sick move from a stance around to the flake with grat jams to the top.

By John R. Williams
From: Fort Collins, CO
Dec 19, 2010

Very fun crux. Reach high over bulge for big hands (watch for wet poo!).
Fun route, would be a good tough lead.