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Gift Certificate 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 180'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Sean Cobourn, Scott Ryser
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Submitted By: saxfiend on Dec 28, 2006

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BETA PHOTO: Start of the climb


If you've led Bear Hunt and want to keep climbing, Gift Certificate is a great choice. Long and excitingly exposed, this route offers nice friction, decent protection and some moves that will make you stop and think.

Starting just right of a sharp-edged boulder leaning against the cliff, move up the rounded face to steeper ground. Follow the path of least resistance over a bulge and continue up the line of bolts and strategic gear placements to the top, enjoying a panoramic view of the valley below.

NOTE: The guidebook erroneously reports this as a 120' route; it's closer to 200', so double ropes (or trailing a second rope) are mandatory to rap the route. A single-rope rap will get you back to the ground from the Bear Hunt ledge.


Starts on the ledge at the top of Bear Hunt where a boulder leans against the slabby cliff; a line of bolts is visible above.


Mixed; 5-6 bolts, but there's enough runout between them that a light rack (small to medium cams and nuts) is necessary. Double-rope rap from a tree with slings and rap rings.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Onsight of Gift Certificate
BETA PHOTO: Onsight of Gift Certificate
Rock Climbing Photo: View towards Hanging Chain Wall.
View towards Hanging Chain Wall.
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By Sam Stephens
Mar 24, 2011

As of 3/23 there's a purple TCU stuck on this pitch. Tried to get it out but no luck.
By sanz
From: Raleigh, NC
Nov 7, 2011

TCU is still there. That thing ain't going anywhere. This is a fun climb, combined with Bear Hunt or Bear Cub makes a nice warmup for the harder stuff in this area.
By Joe Virtanen
From: Asheville, NC
Mar 17, 2013

A 70 will get down if you rap to climber's left where the ground is slightly closer (bottom of The Gift).
By Bryan Haslam
From: Asheville, North Carolina
Oct 19, 2014

John McGee and I climbed this line in the 90's before the bolts. It's definitely a better route with bolts (we gifted the route to Shawn and partner after they unknowingly thought they were establishing a new route). Up higher we stayed right of the bolted line on slightly easier terrain where there was at least a few more trad placements.

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