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The Thin Air Face is a very popular spot but it tends to handle the heavy traffic very well due to a large quantity of quality routes. From the over populated classic Thin Air (5.6) to Still in Saigon (5.8) and killer link ups like Windfall (5.10a) to Missing Link (5.10a) you will get what you came for. The list goes on and on and I donít want to list them all but just remember that there is a reason the thin air face is so popular, beautiful face climbing, comfortable belays, and a few kick ass cracks thrown in for spice. Go there and have fun, just donít plan on getting on Thin Air on a weekend without having to wait your turn.
Find the appropriate sign and follow the trail. The trail curves a bit, you will pass a boulder that often has chalk on it but Iíve never seen anyone on it. After the boulder you head up to Mordor Wall a huge blank rock face that deserves its name. Skirt the cliff to the left and up hill. To your right will be revealed a pretty, less than vertical rock face. On its left side it is marked by The Big Flush a dirty gully choked with trees and brush, on the right it is separated from Mordor Wall by an obvious chimney (Standard Route 5.7).
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Thin Air Face:
Thin Air 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, 4 pitches, 300'
No Mans Land 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b X Trad, 1 pitch, 130'
Toe Crack 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, 2 pitches, 100'
Turner's Flake 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Thinner 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R Trad
The Saigons 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 2 pitches, 180'
Repulsion 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R Trad, 4 pitches, 400'
DMZ 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13 Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Freedom 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 110'
Missing Link 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch
Windfall 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Lancelot Link/ Secret Chimp 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 150'
Rapid Transit 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13 Trad, 3 pitches, 260'
Pro Choice 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, 2 pitches, 115'
Worm Drive 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Featured Route For Thin Air Face
Missing Link 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a NH : Cathedral Ledge : Thin Air Face
Climb Freedom or Missing Link... From the anchor, head up the face just right of Thin Air's 3rd pitch, somewhat runout on 5.6 climbing....Climb to a crack leading up to the intimidating, roof section...climb the crack and make a few cool moves through the first roof (crux #1) and trend left to a good horizontal where you can protect with a good sized cam or two....Get a blue TCU or similar piece ready....Crux #2 contains more moves... Head left on good but crumbly crimps and in to a ...[more] Browse More Classics in NH
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