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Gill's Groove 

YDS: 5.12b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6b

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6b [details]
FA: Jerry Handren & Chris Gill October 29, 1986
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Submitted By: matthew ritter on May 2, 2012

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Gill's Groove

Description 

I'd recommend wearing your new shoes for this one. I can't imagine climbing this in Boreal Fires. An overhanging laser cut corner with a very thin crack. Boulder in from the left to a stance and the first crux, then again, the whole thing is one big crux. Very technical,strenuous stemming and micro seam laybacking leads to a stance at 3/4 height where hardship continues to a much easier and fun top out. The foot holds on this pitch are small to non-existent. If you want to TR, bring lots of webbing or cordalette to clear the lip from the tree, and throw in a directional, or you can rap in and build a bomber all gear anchor just below the lip with small cams and nuts.


Location 

Gill's Groove Crag is located on the left side of The Far Cliff. Hike over from the right side of the Alcohol Wall or walk down into the valley below the Eyeless in Gaza area, turn left, and follow the valley up to Gill's Groove.


Protection 

The smallest gear you've got. And some tight fingers gear for the top. Ball-Nutz, small wires, small cams. Tree on top.



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By jim.dangle
May 3, 2012

This looks sick!

By john strand
From: southern colo
May 4, 2012

Also listed in the main wall section-great, well geared and perfect rock.