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Right Pile 

YDS: 5.11d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Merrill Bitter, Mike Beck 1989
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Submitted By: Dave Budge on Jan 1, 2005

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McRae Williams
The Right Pile 5.11d
Big Cottonwo...

Description 

One of BCC's best fitness routes, and a great intro to steep climbing. Many a climber's first 5.11d. The rock isn't the best, but for a quick pump it's hard to beat. Better early before the sun and late when the sun is to the west. Often twenty degrees cooler than the S-Curves.

Protection 

6 QuickdrawsAnchors: fixed steel biners


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McRae Williams <br />The Right Pile 5.11d <br />Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT
McRae Williams
The Right Pile 5.11d
Big Cottonwood...
Summer 2008.  One of hundreds of laps I have done on this great training route.
Summer 2008. One of hundreds of laps I have done ...
jeremy kellog sending the right pile. 5.11d s-curves.
jeremy kellog sending the right pile. 5.11d s-curv...
Me leading the right pile in the fall of '07
Me leading the right pile in the fall of '07
The rope line shows the climbing line of Right Pile.  only bottom 1/5 of climb is cut out.
BETA PHOTO: The rope line shows the climbing line of Right Pil...

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By phUnk
Apr 5, 2008

The Fixe sport anchors at the top of this route were dangerously worn through (half-way, in fact.) They were replaced by Mike White of the ASCA, safeclimbing.org, around October 2007.

Unfortunately, at that point I'd never been up Left Pile and didn't know those anchors were just as bad. That's the project for this spring, so I'll see if I can ropegun for Mike again and get him up there to replace those.
By mikewhite
Apr 7, 2008

Lets do It soon.
You got my number Bro...
By McRae Williams
Jul 8, 2008
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a

This is an amazing route with very powerful and steep climbing. I fired the crux and then fell at the third bolt. I fell twice more between there and the chains working out the beta. I'll be back soon for the redpoint.
By WasatchChic
From: Salt Lake, Utah
Aug 6, 2008
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a

One of the best 11's in Big Cottonwood. For shorter folks (I'm 5 ft 4 in) try two heel/toe cams for the crux.
By mattjbudd
From: West Valley, UT
May 21, 2010
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

Here's a video of Right Pile. Excuse the music and horrible camera angle. What a stinkin' pump fest. Great route though!!

By Spencer Weiler
From: SLC, UT
Jun 20, 2011

There seems to be 2 options for between bolts 1 and 2. One is to go straight up which seems to be the intended way, but many head out left to the huge flake and then back right. Super fun juggy route.
By Cowboy Roy
From: SLC, UT
Aug 10, 2011
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a

Really fun climb to go get a burn on just move fast she's pumpy
By KipHenrie
From: centerville, utah
Apr 16, 2012
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a

Awesome Pump. The first 3 clips is the easy part! Absolutely superb climb. Thanks Merrill.
By Jon Zucco
From: Denver, CO
Oct 22, 2012

i wish i had a dollar for every time someone called this route, "pumpy". but yeah, this route is super pumpy.
By Erik S. Gillis
From: Salt Lake City, Utah
May 15, 2013
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a

Fun one! I have tried the crux both ways, going right and straight up. In my opinon going straight up is 11d according to BCC standards, going left softens the grade a bit. Either way its a fight to the finish.
By split161
Sep 5, 2013
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a

great route...the fixie anchors at the top look really worn...probably should think about replacing soon?