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Gothic Pillar 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V British: S 4b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Jay Foley, Donna Longo, and friends?
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Submitted By: George Perkins on Aug 24, 2009
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Gothic Pillar is a nice 5.6 climb at Comales, with enough features to make it beginner- and kid-friendly.

Start right of an alcove/indentation in the rock. Gear is kind of tricky or hard to find for the first 20', which may worry some 5.6 leaders. But soon enough you reach a crack in a left-facing corner below a tiny pine tree. Follow this crack, and the pillar it forms, up past the tree and to a low-angled, featured face.


The second route with an anchor from the right end of Water Wall. Look for a tiny pine tree.


Nuts and cams to 2"; 2-bolt anchor with chains at the top.

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By George Perkins
From: Los Alamos, NM
May 18, 2012

Has this climb been bolted as a sport climb?
(I received an email asking that question, but I haven't been to Comales recently.)

By Chris Wenker
From: Santa Fe
May 18, 2012

Not yet.