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The Dragons Spine  

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

   
Type:  Sport, 2 pitches, 350', Grade II
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: E1 5a [details]
FA: P1 Bill Coe, Ujahn Davisson 8/15/2009 - P2 7/14/10 Solo, Bill Coe
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Billcoe on Sep 17, 2012

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Mark Canavan (leading) and Shaun Coe on pitch 2 of...

Description 

The Dragons Spine goes for 2 pitches of unbelievably amazing and fun knob climbing.

P1) Follow the arete straight up near or on the spine. Wander back and forth passing the intermediate rap anchor (added later and shared with Gothic) on the left at the half way point. Follow the best knobs to a belay 56 meters up located @ 90 feet under and slightly to the right of the top of the pinnacle which ends at the 2 stainless Fixe Sport anchors on a tiny stance. P2, step up and right just enough so you don't land on your belayer and follow the 15 bolts up and tending slightly left past the sub pinnacles to the top of the main Dragons Spine Pinnacle.

From the pinnacle you should be able to rappel 3 different directions/routes to avoid any traffic with just your single 60m rope. No need to trail a 2nd line. The 3 rap versions are:
1st) Rap the route off the slings/rings around the top of the pinnacle.
2nd) At the top of the pinnacle step around left to the Grey Ghost Stainless Fixe Sport anchors located on the North side.
3rd) Thread the rings and head to the Gratitude anchors in the gully behind the pinnacle.


Location 

Center of the wall. See overview photo. Route is listed in Tim Olsens "Northwest Oregon Rock" guidebook.


Protection 

Bolts...lots and lots of bolts. Doing the route as it should be climbed, that is as doing the first pitch as a full 56 meters and not chickening out and heading to the rap anchors half way up so as to make it 3 pitches will require 24 draws and/or full length over the shoulder slings.

If you don't have 24 draws/runners, just step over at the half way point rap anchors and break it up into 2 pitches so that your buddy can drag your draws up to you. No one will be critical:-)



Photos of The Dragons Spine Slideshow Add Photo
The top of The Dragons Spine Pinnacle
The top of The Dragons Spine Pinnacle
Mark Canavan starting pitch one.
Mark Canavan starting pitch one.
The Dragons Head
The Dragons Head
Mark Canavan(belaying) and Shaun Coe (following) on pitch one.
Mark Canavan(belaying) and Shaun Coe (following) o...
What that other picture of Mark and Shaun looks like when not zoomed in. Should help you find the routes start.
BETA PHOTO: What that other picture of Mark and Shaun looks li...
Dragons Spine overview of the upper part.
Dragons Spine overview of the upper part.
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