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Thrill Hammer 

YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

   
Type:  Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Tim Reid, Eric Topel, David Rubine, 10/1990
Season: dry
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Submitted By: rhyang on Jan 4, 2011

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Description 

Kind of a steep start. I thought the crux was between the first and second bolt.

After the sixth bolt there are some small cracks. Either place some pro here and head up over the "summit block" (5.7) variation to the anchors (bolts with rings) or traverse right (5.6).

Location 

First bolted route to the right of Rat Race.

Descend by rappel.

Protection 

Six quickdraws; cams in the 0.5 - 0.7" range if taking the 5.7 "summit block" variation


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10-April-2010: looking up route from base; first t...
BETA PHOTO: 10-April-2010: looking up route from base; first t...
Just getting to the crux. It's right after a nice,...
BETA PHOTO: Just getting to the crux. It's right after a nice,...
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By Matt G.
Feb 6, 2012

Nice climb. The crux is early, as there are no hands for about 10 ft, but great feet that you can balance your way up with.

The end is a bit run out, but really easy compared to the start. Tops at super solid chains but top-rope tends to get dragged into top crack off to right which is annoying (friction), but not hazardous.
By ToDoubleD Whitney
From: Aptos, CA
Jan 13, 2014

We top roped this and set a directional on the last bolt which is about 6' from the top and off to the right as you're looking down. Setting the directional avoided the problem of the rock getting dragged into the crack, but also commits you to climbing the harder route.