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Routes in Thin Air Face

Adventures in 3D T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
DMZ T 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13
Diagonal T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Freedom T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Lancelot Link/ Secret Chimp T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
Missing Link T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
No Mans Land T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b X
Pro Choice T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Rapid Transit T 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13
Repulsion T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Saigons, The T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Standard Route T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Thin Air T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Thinner T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Toe Crack T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Turner's Flake T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Windfall T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Description

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 don’t 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 don’t plan on getting on Thin Air on a weekend without having to wait your turn.

Getting There

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 I’ve 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).

Pick your line and enjoy.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Thin Air Face

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b X
 13
No Mans Land
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 408
Thin Air
Trad 4 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 181
Toe Crack
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 81
Turner's Flake
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 163
The Saigons
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
 27
Thinner
Trad
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
 13
Repulsion
Trad 4 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
 5
Diagonal
Trad 4 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 21
Freedom
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 34
Windfall
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 25
Missing Link
Trad
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
 7
Lancelot Link/ Secret Chimp
Trad
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13
 44
Rapid Transit
Trad 3 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 7
Pro Choice
Trad 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
No Mans Land
 13
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b X Trad
Thin Air
 408
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 4 pitches
Toe Crack
 181
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Turner's Flake
 81
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
The Saigons
 163
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Thinner
 27
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R Trad
Repulsion
 13
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R Trad 4 pitches
Diagonal
 5
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R Trad 4 pitches
Freedom
 21
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Windfall
 34
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Missing Link
 25
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Lancelot Link/ Secret Chimp
 7
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13 Trad
Rapid Transit
 44
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13 Trad 3 pitches
Pro Choice
 7
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
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Ladd    
By far my favorite bottom to top route on this section of cliff is the Toe Crack-Thin Air-Pine Tree Eliminate link-up. It is wonderful, hands everything from face climbing to traverses to hand-jams to a strenous finish. Just an awesome outing. Nov 29, 2007
lee hansche
goffstown, nh
lee hansche   goffstown, nh  
That is a great link-up... another cool one for a harder day is Windfall to Missing Link to Thin Air to Airation... lots of cool 5.10 face climbing to a 5.11a finger crack... fun times... Nov 29, 2007
Jeffrey.LeCours
New Hampshire
Jeffrey.LeCours   New Hampshire  
Albeit my first day up to Cathedral, first day following placed gear... I had a blast doing Windfall to Turner's Flake link-up, Missing Link, finishing up the top of Thin Air. Absolutely lovelee. :) Apr 15, 2009
lee hansche
goffstown, nh
lee hansche   goffstown, nh  
you did impress me with your first day jeff but the link-up went from FREEDOM to turners rather than windfall... i think i will do windfall to turners at some point though cause that would be cool... again nice job following my tour : ) Apr 16, 2009

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