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Wild Turkey 

YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 200'
Original:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Greg Cameron, George Manson, 1979.
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Submitted By: Scott W on Jun 15, 2011

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AR on Wild Turkey as viewed from the belay ledge.


This is slightly left leaning shallow offwidth/flare. You end up getting good hand jams and finger locks galore all through it, which makes resting very possible anywhere, however, as there are no feet, it's a shallow, flaring and steep corner is it ends up being a total grovel fest of full body scumming, palming nothing and thrashing...pretty solid 35 meters of very sustained climbing, crux in the last 10 feet=) Once out of the flare you can head straight left on good ledge to dicey slab finish(10a/b-R I'd guess, I was puckered, could be 5.7) or straight up out of the flare(I haven't done this, heard it was 11c or so). This pitch reminds me a lot of the crux pitch of Alaskan Highway...prepare for battle.

I've heard this route called 5.11+/5.12- from several solid 5.12 trad climbers...I'm not that good but do enjoy groveling, so the 5.11a grade felt accurate to me. Very skills dependent I suspect. Absolute must do...kind of a day ender though.


From the start of the Tantalus Wall keep heading up the trail, up a gulley with some fixed lines. You'll hit the belay ledge that also has other lines on it. Most notably a 13a/b sport route on an arete, can't recall the name, but it's classic. Keep on past this on the ledge system, when you hit a nice platform and an intimidating looking slightly overhanging flare, you've arrived.


Awesome gear everywhere. I took mostly small stuff, doubles purple metolius up to #3 camalots and one #4 that I place at first chance I got, 15 feet off the ground, never needed it higher up(all new style camalots), and triples from blue metolius to .75 camalots...placed everything I had. If you are decent with stoppers, I suspect you could sew this thing up real real good, I think I placed a few just to save cams for battle up higher.

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By Raddam6
Jul 18, 2015
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

It was a good pitch. Use a variety of techniques to nke your way up, tons of good gear as has been said. I would not want to do it with a single rack though, unless you are really, really good with nuts. For sure not 5.12. The first 2 pitches suck.
By Greg Cameron
Apr 26, 2016

So, I did the first ascent of this in 1979. I thought I had rated it 5.10c but I could be wrong.
By geoff georges
From: Seattle, Wa.
May 17, 2016

Pitch 1) 5.9 traverse from Turkey ledge at north end of the Bullet, step down to bolted anchor right of Eurasian Eyes. Small trees, hand traverse sloping holds, placing pro for your follower. It is tempting to clip the bolts that start climbs along this traverse, but it is hard and scary for the follower to unclip them.
Pass bolted anchor at base of Fight Club and head up onto ledges to pedestal behind cedar tree.This is really hard for 5.9.

Pitch 2 ) first ascent calls this 10b, we thought it was more like 10a. VERY DIRTY. A off width slot leads into good fist to hands to fingers, ramps up right to base of the obvious arching final pitch with a bolted anchor.

Pitch 3 ) fingers layback leads to hand crack with a rotten stump guarding the long groove arching left ward above. Very dirty, I tried to scrape out some dirt at the start, it cleans up as you go.There are many smaller cam options where it gets big, but larger cams are optional- like a #5.
There are 3 finish options, left out onto face is R rated, Center is 11c, Right is top out of Turkey Shoot about 11a.
The first ascent team graded this 10d ( at least that is what it is in the Campbell 1985 book), McLane and Bourdon grade it 11a, which seems more like it to me.

start near Eurasian Eyes. Either rap route with double rope, hike off south to MaƱana wall descent, or rap back into South/south gully (2-3 single rope raps back to Turkey ledge, or rap down north end of the Bullet above Eurasian Eyes to anchor of Ren with single rope.

Double rack to #4 Camalot. bolted anchor up top with sling.But if you are thinking of rapping I think it is better to rap off the top of the Bullet, 2 single rope raps back to ledge where Eurasian Eyes starts, then 2) double rope raps back to ground ( single rope raps ok, plan to have slings) or rap into SS Guly.

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