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This is a fun, short, slightly-overhanging sport route with huecos on a WSW buttress near to Dinosaur Rock. The rock is still a bit friable at the start partly due to lack of traffic and partly due to its overhanging nature. It is the rightmost of 3 bolted lines on the buttress.
Find this route by on a small, steep buttress next to Dinosaur Rock access via NCAR to the Mesa Trail then either hiking up the Mallory Cave Trail until above the top of Dinosaur Rock and hiking briefly down the second gully between it & Der Freischutz (between 1st & 2nd strata) or hiking South on the Mesa Trail to the Bear Canyon Trail, crossing Bear Creek, and up the gully between the 1st & 2nd strata. You can see this buttress well from the top of Rehatch or Cloudwalker on Northern Dinosaur Egg. You can scramble/climb around the back of the formation or climb the route to its left to set up a TR. You may be able to clip the first bolt without engaging the route. From there, it quickly requires crux moves to cross through traversing right with scaly rock for the feet. The second bolt is a bit hidden in a hueco. Blowing this clip may result in leg injuries, but the holds are quite good here. This bolt also may leave your biner partially hanging over a ledge. It is probably best to back it up with a spectra or Kevlar sling threaded through the bolt. Power up on huecos and scoops past the 3rd bolt and move right to pull onto the ledge with the 2 bolt anchor. The chains here are also quite rusty. Longer slings may be useful to reduce rope wear for toproping. A finish more left made add to the difficulty. Perhaps it is 35 feet in all.
Rap the route.
3 QDs, 48" slings for the anchor.
BETA PHOTO: The route.
Aaron coming up to the second bolt.
Climber on Triceratops Tracks (5.10) on Dinosaur R...
|Comments on Triceratops Tracks
Mar 23, 2012
All three protection bolts have been replaced on this climb, as well as the anchor (now one Fixe Ring Anchor and one Fixe hanger with chain and links) thanks to work done by the Flatirons Climbing Council. Many thanks to the ASCA for providing the hardware, and to OSMP, the Access Fund, and the Flatirons Climbing Council for making new routing and ongoing route maintenance possible in the Flatirons.
|By Dougald MacDonald|
Apr 6, 2012
Good climbing but would be more enjoyable with a bolt between 1 and 2. As it is, the crux is dangerous.
|By Chris Archer|
Oct 6, 2012
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b R
Crux climbing between the first and second bolts on friable rock. If anything breaks or you fall climbing the last 6 to 8 feet getting to the second bolt, you will hit the ramp.