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Steel Feathers 

YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b R

   
Type:  Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 130'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Alden Pellet
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Submitted By: Chris Duca on Aug 4, 2011

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Description 

Steel Feathers climbs the steep wall equipped with several well-spaced bolts (3rd hanger is missing) directly to the left of "Hush Mama Thrush".

A bouldery start gains a nice series of flakes, a high-step off a frighteningly hollow flake leads to several hard and balancy moves above the hanger-less bolt. Gain a "thank god" flake/ledge, mantel, then either continue straight up (minimal gear, and 2 more bolts), or move right to join with the upper section of "Hush". Though following the last couple of bolts and sparse gear keeps the route independent, stepping right to join HMT is equally (if not a better option!) nice.

The route ends at 2 bolts shared with HMT.

Location 

10 feet to the left of "Hush Mama Thrush"

Protection 

5 bolts, plus finger-size gear. Note that the gear above the fourth bolt is minimal, at best. It is a better option to step right and finish up "Hush Mama Thrush".


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By Mike Marmar
Aug 30, 2014

CONDITION REPORT 
There is a grapefruit sized wasp nest about 3ft to the right of the second bolt. I tried to avoid it, but after making one move past the bolt, a wasp stung me right in the face!

Needless to say, I did not finish the route. Feel free to booty my shiny carabiner...if you dare.
By Keyan P
From: Burlington, VT
Sep 12, 2011
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

Fun as a more challenging start for Hush Mama Thrush. Following it to the top leads to run out climbing on a slab completely covered in lichen, much better as a link-up in my opinion.
By James Simone
Mar 10, 2013

minimal gear is a huge understatement. the first gear placement is the huge fracture about 15 feet above the fourth bolt - easy climbing, but keep a good head on your shoulders. after that, I saw no opportunities for placements; I also hadn't brought gear with me (not knowing the climb or area) and instead ended up solo'ing up hush mama thrush (the line to the right), which provided a runout of 100 feet. not my finest moment, for sure, but I do just want to make anybody new to the Bolton area aware; while the climbing on Steel Feather's first four bolts is great, be aware the protection above is not ideal and the final slab (protected by a rusty looking bolt) is, as Keyan said, totally covered in thick lichen.
By Chris Duca
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From: Havertown, PA
Mar 17, 2013

James--

It is commonplace to step right into the final 40' of HMT, as the top of Steal Feathers proper is grossly under-protected. I'll update the gear rating to reflect it. Thanks!
By James Simone
Mar 19, 2013

Thanks, Chris! I climbed most of the rest of the route before downclimbing to the ledge where it is possible to traverse right into HMT - it would take some cleaning, and balls, but notwithstanding not having climbed the slab, it has some great climbing on it and I'd like to free the independent finish.
By Nate K
From: Bozeman, MT
Aug 6, 2014

this route has wasps on it this season. also the top bolt on the slab to the left of hush has no hanger