Seven and Seven
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This is the highest route that you can reach on the base at The Distillery Wall without moving up the 3rd class hillside. Look for three closely placed bolts on a vertical face that tops out onto a small ramp that starts at ground level on the right side of a dirt patch in the middle of The Distillery Wall.
Climb the first 3 bolts, being really careful with the second bolt if you're not over 6', or move past to the jug before clipping. Top out on the ramp, move up through some vertical climbing, and then plow into roughly 70' of sustained crimpy, pumpy, almost footless, slightly overhung, awesome climbing.
Make sure you have someone follow you on a 60M or longer rope, as the route is about 105' long. Cleaning is a bitch otherwise due to the route moving to the left near the top and its length.
14 (yes, 14) bolts to a 2 bolt top anchor shared with Moonshine (5.10c).
BETA PHOTO: The upper section of Seven and Seven. This is mor...
|Comments on Seven and Seven
Apr 20, 2008
Watch those rope ends, you MUST go into the gully if you have a short (60m or less) rope!!!
|By J. Albers|
Jun 21, 2009
rating: 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII E4 6a
The description above is really nice and this is an amazing route, however I would add a couple of things that I think are a bit misleading and could put folks off. First, you definitely don't need someone to second this route to clean it. You can clean while lowering with relative ease, even without the need to trolley the rope. Second, the climbing is rather sustained, but not at the 5.11 level (there are two relatively short sections), and there are lots of big feet at many stances to stand on, thus this is a great route at the grade if you can muster the opening moves. Superb route. Enjoy.
EDIT: Just did this route again and as far as 426's post above...you do not need to lower into the gully with a 60m rope. Watch your ends, but a 60m rope puts you down (with a few feet to spare) at the start of the route. Also, after watching several friends climb this route, I would say that it is probably closer to 11d than to 11c. Outstanding route.
|By John Robinson|
From: Elk Grove, ca
Sep 26, 2010
I think maybe our group has always cheated the first 3 bolts as we move way right on much easier ground and clip the bolts by leaning way left. If you stay right on the bolt line it looks pretty hard, maybe even harder than 11c. I don't know if there is a 11c section once you get above the first few bolts. It is an excellent climb as others have said just like all the others on this wall. What is the opinion of others on the first section?