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Pile Driver 

YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Eric Candee
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Submitted By: Chris Dawson on Jun 11, 2001

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Kayte Knower warms up in the shade on Pile Driver.


This is the furthest left route in the Skull Cave. Follows the blocky corner on the edge of the cave. Steep and sustained, it is a good warm-up for the rest of the cave. Worth doing if you're in the area, but not fantastic. The last clip is kind of hard.


Five bolts to 2 bolt anchor.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Dillon on Pile Driver
Dillon on Pile Driver
Rock Climbing Photo: Jeff pinching his way upward.
Jeff pinching his way upward.
Rock Climbing Photo: Guess I'll go with the silhouette climber theme, t...
Guess I'll go with the silhouette climber theme, t...
Rock Climbing Photo: Dana on Pile Driver.
Dana on Pile Driver.
Rock Climbing Photo: Johnny.
Rock Climbing Photo: Johnny MacKinnon near the anchors.
Johnny MacKinnon near the anchors.
Rock Climbing Photo: Jeff on Pile Driver.
Jeff on Pile Driver.

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By Anonymous Coward
May 22, 2003

Well, you can do super-dooper Pile Driver and go Morrison Steaze and create an imaginary line that you can use foot holds below. 5.11b++.
By 426
Apr 20, 2008

Traverse in from the Wasteland and it's 5.12e..."Dwindlin' Greenbacks."
By adrenalated
From: Denver, CO
Aug 5, 2009

The guidebook description of "polished and ugly, but undeniably good fun" is pretty much spot on.
By Henry Nadell
From: carbondale CO.
Sep 13, 2010

Lots of edges, but a lot of fun.
By Crag Dweller
From: New York, NY
Sep 24, 2010

Beware of permadraws on this route. I climbed the route in '09, took a fall above the 3rd bolt, and realized the dogbone on that permadraw was worn out to the point of being stretched and frayed.
By Martin Harris
Sep 24, 2011
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

Most steep 11 I have ever seen. It's what you think Rifle should be: polished, steep as hell, but still way fun.

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