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Dark Shadows - 5.8 popular

Average Rating = 4.57/5 Average Rating : 4.57 out of 5
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A nice variety to about a #3.5 camalot.
Consensus Ratings
  Difficulty 5.8
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure 4.00/5
  Rock Quality 4.67/5
  Scenery 4.67/5
  Fun Factor 4.73/5

Description:

Dark Shadows is quite possibly the most popular trad line in Red Rocks, and deservedly so. The climbing is excellent on high quality rock. Start on a small boulder about 15' below a good bolt with a small dry patch to your left. Pitch 1: Climb straight up the slab past two bolts to the bottom of a left leaning ramp. At the base of a beautiful right facing dihedral are two bolts. Clip these, then head up the dihedral. Once at the top, traverse left and down to a 2 bolt belay. 5.7, 180' Pitch 2: Head straight up the right facing dihedral above for 110' to a two bolt stance. 5.7, 110' Pitch 3: Step right, and climb up the beautiful right arching crack (right of the dihedral) for 75' to a two bolt belay. 5.8, 75' Rappel to descend as follows: One double rope rappel to the base of the second pitch. One more double rope to the ground. Variation: Although it's rarely done, this climb does go to the top of Mescalito. From the last belay, instead of belaying here, continue up and right for another 20' to a bolted belay. The climb continues upward for another 6 moderate pitches. Descent: Luckily for climbers, there is a somewhat well-beaten hikers trail to the top of Mescalito. From the summit: Head west to the saddle between Mescalito and the walls above, then drop off to the right, contouring west and north along the canyon wall, following cairns and the easy path down. Eventually you will arrive at the base of the canyon- make a right and head east back to the base of Dark Shadows. If done correctly, no rappels are involved.

Submitted by: vegastradguy on 2005-04-03
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Route ID: 3872

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Ratings
  Difficulty 5.8
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: theresister on 2013-03-22 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars Last route of our trip and it was a blast.

Great moves on solid rock in a cool beautiful area with a creek. What more do you want? Easy first pitch on a slabby wall to the real meat of two pitches of fairly sustained 5.7 & 5.8 climbing.

Added: 2013-03-23

Ratings
  Difficulty 5.8
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Second Second ascent by: sierragal93546 on 2011-11-15 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars Amazing!!

Wished I would have lead the first or third pitch. We decided to head home right after so linked the first and second to speed things up. Got intimidated by the third but it turned out to be just as the book described...holds appear just when you need them! Beautiful climb.

Added: 2011-11-27

Ratings
  Difficulty 5.8
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: josiahdood on 2011-11-16 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars Wow. Pretty Stellar!

Very cool corner - the varnish is really cool! Only real 5.8 part felt on the 3rd pitch where the crack arches out under the roof, otherwise a fantastic jug-haul!

Added: 2011-11-16

Ratings
  Difficulty
  Safety Rating G
Onsight Onsight ascent by: acherry on 2011-05-06 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars Sweet Route

GO lead up to the 1st pitch, then I did P2-3.

Added: 2011-06-14

Ratings
  Difficulty 5.8
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: amigo25zmy on 2011-05-03 (View Climbing Log)

4 out of 5 stars .

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Added: 2011-05-03

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