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Charlie's Pillar 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Josh Gross
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Submitted By: Danny Inman on Jan 1, 2005
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Peeking out of the chimney just past the butt-squa...


This route starts 20 feet or so to the left of Neat. Begin with an obvious flake and work up and under the fallen pillar, continue working up and left. You will pop out on the left side of the pillar, a few feet of chimney gets you to the ledge. The anchor is two pitons and one bolt. Overall this route is fun and is a departure from the spillters that surround it. Good warm up or down.


Cams from .5" to 3"

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Heading into the darkness....
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Cool chimney/flake start to Charlie's Pillar.
Cool chimney/flake start to Charlie's Pillar.
Charlie's Pillar is for chimney lovers.
Charlie's Pillar is for chimney lovers.
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By Bryson Slothower
Apr 28, 2005
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c

Fun mini adventure!

Perhaps a bolt was added but when I did the route in March 05 there were only two drilled piton for an anchor.

By Stefanie Van Wychen
From: Golden, CO
May 3, 2005

We just did this climb in April 05, so they must have just recently added the bolt, which seems a lot more sturdy than the pitons........

By Andy Laakmann
Site Landlord
From: Bend, OR
Oct 14, 2005
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c

A fun, well protected chimney. (And yes, you will chimney some...) The exit is good fun transitioning from the chimney to sandy face holds.

By Josh Gross
Nov 5, 2006

FA Josh Gross

By Charlie S
From: Ogden, UT
May 27, 2013

Misled by the guidebook, I took the offwidth start as opposed to the flake start. Does this have its own first ascent? It was good with fun chimneying and a full-on body jam near where the flake and larger crack meet up. Would suggest 5.9+ish for the "direct" start.