|Type:||Trad, 6 pitches, 550'|
|Original:||YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b R [details]|
|FA:||Alpine Club Canada|
|Submitted By:||Devin McPhillips on Jul 22, 2010|
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Nov 11, 2014
If you follow the standard Empress route, zigzagging across the slab, Thanksgiving begins near the end of the third pitch. If you go straight up the slab, not zigzagging, it's two pitches to the start of Thanksgiving. In either case, you begin at the top of the rightmost of three rock hummocks. Head up a left-facing corner. You can get in a small cam. Near the top of the corner, grab huecos to step right onto slab. You can get in one more piece of gear, a small cam. The rest of the pitch is runout, ending at the Twin Cracks Belay on Regular Route.
The second pitch is even more runout. You can get in a piece near the belay, but that's it until you reach the large right-facing corner, where you can set up a belay with big cams.
The third pitch is more protected. Follow the corner to its end, then continue up with a combination of smearing and footholds, some small, some large.
Book says it ends with a fourth pitch, going under and around a roof and up a crack on Bob's Knob. I have yet to do that pitch. Instead I've always followed the slab to the woods.
Anyone climbing Thanksgiving should be aware that the first and second pitches are very runout.
By Robert Hall
May 12, 2015
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b X
|I can't believe that anyone would rate Empress an "X" and Thanksgiving and only an "R". The fall from the crux slab moves are equivalent (does anybody even THINK that, on Thanksgiving, the tiny cam under the tin flake will hold a fall from 30-35 ft above?!) Whether "R" or "X" they should be the same!|