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Hush, Mama Thrush 

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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Jamieson, Hassol, 1990
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Submitted By: Chris Duca on Dec 28, 2007

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  • Description 

    On the right side of the middle section of the cliff, is this diamond-in-the-rough.

    Locate the ramp-like feature roughly 20 feet off the ground with a blocky--usually wet--start. Gain the ramp and make some tedious, and slippery moves up to the small roof. Place some gear, move up over the small overhang using some finger holds to a stance that forces you move up through additional finger moves with slippery feet. This yields a surprisingly fun finger crack that takes you to the top.


    On the right side of the middle section of the cliff.


    A nice variety of gear with some doubles in the small-ish size. Also, a good assortment of nuts is helpful. A 60 meter rope will allow you to lead the route and belay from the top; however, you CANNOT toprope it with a 60m.

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    By Dan Smith
    Aug 14, 2008

    This is a really great route. The gear is real solid, but watch for a wet start. An alternate start is to start on the bolted route to the left and after 4 bolts traverse right into HMT (about 5.10a).
    By Derek Doucet
    Apr 18, 2011
    rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13

    Best route at Lower West? Probably so.
    By Swedeahauer
    May 12, 2011

    This is a great climb.

    I got a cam stuck at the very bottom of this route today. I'd like it back, so if you can manage to get it out please contact me. Thanks!
    By twellman
    Jul 1, 2011

    I believe there is a name for when you get a cam stuck and someone else gets it out: BOOTY!

    Just sayin...
    By Andrea Charest
    Mar 12, 2012

    • *the pin is no longer on the route!
    By Chris Duca
    From: Havertown, PA
    Mar 18, 2012

    Thanks, Andrea. The change has been made!
    By Seth Maciejowski
    Apr 22, 2012
    rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

    Great pitch! I never tire of it. Good interesting moves throughout. I agree with Derek. Best pitch at lwb.
    By Derek Doucet
    Apr 22, 2012
    rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13

    LOL. Just read Chris's description in more detail. I feel the "tedious, slippery moves" up the ramp are some of the coolest on the route. Different strokes, I guess!

    Thanks for the heads up about the pin (which I placed in about 1997, I think), Andrea. Without it, the crux overlap will be a fairly exciting lead at the grade. It's for the best that it's gone, though. The lower edge of the crack it was in has loosened considerably over the years, and has started to sound quite hollow. It was almost certainly rusty junk after 15 years in the Vermont elements anyway.
    By Eric G.
    From: Saratoga Springs, NY
    Apr 24, 2012

    Varied, exciting, long, and just fun. Don't miss the sneaky nut placement up higher on the right when you start ascending the ramp.
    By Matthew Abbott
    May 24, 2013

    Favorite 5.8 in Vermont thus far. Amazing.
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