There are at least three traditional (ground up) routes on this rock. The first is the long downhill side, climbed by Dave Rearick and the Conns in the late 1950s. Dave carried a drill bit and a stud and hanger with him, but was not forced to use it for protection. The route is about 5.6. The second is around the corner to the right and ascends the left side of the steep face that overhangs the parking lot. Start on the left side of this face and move several feet up to a shallow groove, then to the top. It's about 5.8, if I recall correctly. The third is my unrehearsed 1961 free solo route up the slightly overhanging face to the right of route #2. It took me several visits before getting up the nerve to top out. At the time 5.10 was the top of the scale, and it was years later that this climb was recognized as the first 5.12. The second ascent (in the style of the FA) was about 1987. John Sherman made an ascent in 1991 (see "Stone Crusade"). It has seen some top ropes, but, thankfully, no bolts. This was the climb that some say marked a turning point in the popularity of bouldering.
Sits below the Needles Eye, on the edge of the parking lot. About 30 feet high (above the parking lot).
It seemed to me that the easiest way to do the Thimble with a few hard moves but not total sustained "owch, my fingers hurt" is to start on what is the obvious Gill problem, and from the "good" square hold 4 meters up, to continue up and left to merger with the 5.9 route on that arete. Done as such the hardest move felt 5.11+/5.12- (v4?) but it was over before it would be high-ball. What we could not make out is exactly what line the Gill Route went, since from said good hold, up the left arete was so obvious. Anyway, I'm no tough guy, so I took that line. Please explain where the original Gill problem is? What is it's relationship to the rounded "scoop" to the left?