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Beasts of the Northern Wild 

YDS: 5.11+ French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII British: E4 6a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 130'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11c/d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII British: E4 6a [details]
FA: Josh Smith, Aaron Miller, Rich Strang
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Josh Smith on Oct 30, 2013
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Haj finishing up the crux thin hands-the THIN stem...


Fingers laybacking to thin tips to thin hands. Varied and very entertaining.


Next corner down from the obvious Zozobra/Burning Man alcove.


Set TCUs, 2 or 3 each 0.5-#1, (need 3-#1s for the thin hands) one #2. Selection of small nuts useful. Save a couple of 1s for the thin hands right before the anchor.

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By Aaron Miller
Nov 18, 2013

This route was done in one long pitch on the FA, however, due to rope drag issues and a possible ledge fall, a mid anchor was placed off the large ledge about 90 feet up.
The first pitch is 5.11 and starts with some big moves through several good .5 camalot placements to an easier slab that brings you to a roof block. Above you get some wild and technical movement where you have to fiddle a few small pieces in. Amazing rock and fantastic climbing.
The second pitch is steep and powerful 11c that climbs through tight hands. A .4 camalot protects the first move well, but you have to reach to place it.

This route can be rapped with a single rope, watch your ends, a 60m is close.

By Eric Whitbeck
Nov 18, 2013

We climbed it as one pitch I guess before you placed the intermediate anchor. Do you start in the corner proper or up the broken easy terrain? We took the easier line, but the other start looks much better. As for the upper crack, it was too high for us shorties to reach, but the move wasn't too bad. Very good route, nice job.

By Rstrang
From: Santa Fe, NM
Nov 18, 2013
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a

The original start was the corner proper (nice black varnished rock) with a couple good finger layback moves (.5 camalot) to some rounded holds which get you onto the ramp that continues up the main corner. Easier hands/wide hands follows and then the stem section on the smooth black face/corner
Nice job on the send Eric

By Eric Whitbeck
Nov 18, 2013

Thanks, but I actually followed it. I was lucky enough to lead Burning Man, then follow Beasts. Two awesome routes.