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Throw Me A Scone 

Throw Me A Scone 

YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ British: E3 5b

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
FA: Chris Weidner, Kelli Rayburn
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Chris Weidner on Sep 6, 2004
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Description 

Located on the west face of The Catacomb (aka Boneyard according to the topo), "Throw Me A Scone" climbs a prominent crack to the left of the bolted route "Natural Born Driller". On p. 178 of Gillett's guidebook to the Estes Park Valley, it is the 'possible crack climb' noted on the topo. Since a rack is rarely carried into the Monastery it seems likely that the route has remained unclimbed, however, it is well worth doing. Begin this route with overhanging thin cracks (harder than it looks) which provide the tasty crux. Soon, enter and struggle up a wide flare, then mantel onto a ledge with a small bush at 30 feet. Continue straight up (10a), and where the crack arches left and turns into a seam, traverse 10 feet right on a ledge and belay at two bolts -- 50 feet. Down and to the right of these bolts is another two-bolt anchor equipped for rappeling. Make one 60-foot rap to the ground.


Protection 

Full set of nuts. Cams: #1 TCU - #3 Camalot, 2ea. #1 and 2 Camalots.



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