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Count on Your Fingers 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Todd Swain & Ned Crossley, March 1986
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Submitted By: Tony B on Dec 25, 2003

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BETA PHOTO: The Thin Wall


This route is shown clearly in the attached Photo. To reach it, approach the Thin Wall's East Side and orient according to the photo. This would best be described as the right-most route of the left half of the wall, just left of the large right-facing corner at the 1/2 way point. The route is traditionally rated (Vogel guide) as 5.9, but it seems that everything at Thin Wall is over-graded and this felt fairer at 5.8.


A standard light rack- nuts and cams.

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Count on your fingers
Count on your fingers
Aerili strolling up "Count on Your Fingers". <br />Photo by Blitzo. <br />
Aerili strolling up "Count on Your Fingers&qu...
Aerili likes placing gear. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Aerili likes placing gear. Photo by Blitzo.
Sadie on Count on Your Fingers.
Sadie on Count on Your Fingers.
Rapping off Count on Your Fingers.
Rapping off Count on Your Fingers.
Brad Soloing Count.
Brad Soloing Count.
Ben Larson leading Count on Your Fingers.
Ben Larson leading Count on Your Fingers.

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By Locker
From: Yucca Valley, CA
Jul 22, 2003

"Count on your fingers" (rated 5.9 I think). Fun, easy, bolted up top so easy to top rope. Good climb to teach on in the summer months as it is in the shade from 3-4pm on. Easy walk up from left side if facing the wall from the east. Positive foot and handholds.
By Anonymous Coward
Mar 7, 2005

Back to back 5.8/9 moves to finish the slight bulge at the top. Probably not quite 5.9. Nice route, plenty of pro opportunities if you want to sew it up. Rap anchors directly up top.
By Bo Johnston
Oct 10, 2005
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Bring your stoppers. Fun route with a crux towards the top.
By Kellen Holt
Dec 31, 2005
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Excellent Climb! Probably won't reach classic status, but a hidden gem IMHO. Good gear and climbing, and a provoking crux bulge at the end. Gear was excellent, with many excellent nuts. Get this one wired and then do No Calculators.
By Blitzo
Sep 22, 2006

A good climb!
By susan peplow
From: Joshua Tree
Feb 23, 2007

Upper crux takes a nice 1.5" cam. Nice route and worth doing.
By transattic
From: Los Angeles, CA
Mar 21, 2011

You can also climb a 5.8+ version of this route starting from the right of the arete and slowly making your way back to the main route for top rope.

There are 2 bolts on the top-out, which also allows quick setup for top rope.
By JMo
From: Tucson, AZ
Jan 2, 2012
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

I thought the protection was far more challenging than the moves. And the hordes of top-ropers and their screaming kids while leading this....
By Canon
Nov 22, 2012
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

The fact that the Thin Wall was (and always is) mobbed with people really detracts from what is otherwise a good climb. Steep, with a definite crux up high.