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YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ British: E3 5c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11a/b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Bill Gibson, Jeff Achey, Amber Johnstone
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: bagwag on Apr 18, 2013
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Start on small horizontal ledges to the first bolt. Then follow a discontinuous crack system up changing corners. The technical crux is at a right-facing corner near the 4th bolt. About halfway up, continue by pulling over a bulge into a left-facing dihedral, and step out left on slab under another mini-bulge. The final slab is protected by 3 bolts to a corner with a layback crack and stemming to the anchor. The route is continuous and LONG but has 2-3 decent resting spots along the way. It is well-protected at the cruxes.


The route is on South-facing prow/buttress near the beginning of the Main Elk crag proper, kind of where Pup Tent ends and the Main Elk routes start. Its location is between T-Rex (right) and Fried Lizard Gizzard which is a left-facing, bolted, dihedral crack (left). Other routes routes nearby are Patchouli, Southern Fried Chicken, (to the West) and Limp Lizards, around the corner, (to the East).

There is a connector-trail made of rock steps (thanks, Brian G.) leading uphill to the buttress that forks right from the Main Elk canyon trail before entering the canyon.

The hike is about a 15-20 minute jaunt from the parking area.


14 bolts, not including the anchor. The anchor has Fixe rings. Yes, it can be done with 60m rope.

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A winter day out with da boyz at Main Elk Crag.
A winter day out with da boyz at Main Elk Crag.
Moritz about a third of the way up Velociraptor.
Moritz about a third of the way up Velociraptor.
Ian on the upper section.
Ian on the upper section.
Mike Benge on the new 5.11c finish out right ("Triceratops"), which makes this route even better - thanks, Dave Pegg!
Mike Benge on the new 5.11c finish out right ("Tri...
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By bagwag
Aug 21, 2013

Forgot to mention, thanks to Jeff Achey for his help in scoping and ticking bolt placements on Velociraptor. Jeff had his eye on this line for years but graciously, if not covertly, inspired me to bolt it.

By Lynn S
Oct 26, 2013

This route is outstanding!