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Blame Canada S 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Brace Y'self aka Pin Job T,S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Center Slot T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Confines of Power S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Descent Route T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Epic Sushi Party S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Konichiwa S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Left Center T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
Mind Over Matter T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Never Mind, It Doesn't Matter T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
North Overhangs T 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Opposable Distraction T,S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Pigeon Perch T,S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Pixie, The S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Rest in Peace S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Right Center T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
Rooftop Rodeo S 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
South Ridge of the Thumb T 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a R
Sucker Punch S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Thumb Up My Arse T,S 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Thumb's Up S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Uphill Cracks T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Vapor Trail S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Zig Arete S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
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Type: Sport, 80 ft
FA: unknown to me
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Shared By: Tony B on Jul 3, 2005
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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This route is on the Northeast corner of the Thumb. Approach via the standard trail, then go right down into a low spot and back up onto a huge shelf below a light-colored North-facing wall. The Zig Arete climbs up and left to the left hand arete and up to a 2-bolt rap anchor. The climbing is quite good, with large moves between big, positive holds, and quite easy at the given grade of 5.10c. Great pitch though!


Six draws and some slings for the anchor up top- 2 Metolius rap-hangers.

Per Nathan Welton: the anchors were updated with chains and biners.


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durango, co
bmo   durango, co
In the guidebook this is a 10c, maybe it is rated easier here because of the many jugs. Crux for me was figuring out how to clip the last bolt and crank on thru. Sep 19, 2007
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On my first try, it took me forever (and falling) to figure out the crux. I thought "No way is that 10c, it's way harder". Now that I have beta that works for me, I think "No way is that 10c, more like 10b". My conclusion? Zig Arete is a difficult onsight, and 10c is a fair grade. The beginning is on jugs, but the crux is what makes the route. Jul 23, 2008
Cleveland, OH
ZANE   Cleveland, OH
Did this last July (2012). There is a spinner bolt near the top if I remember right, which made it a little exciting near the crux. Feb 17, 2013
Amos Patrick
Estes Park
  5.10b PG13
Amos Patrick   Estes Park
  5.10b PG13
Super fun route. Getting to the last bolt will feel like the crux on your first go because the moves are devious with the previous bolt below your feet. After you get the beta, it is cruiser. Jun 3, 2013
Nathan Welton
Estes Park, CO
Nathan Welton   Estes Park, CO
Update | June 30, 2013:

The rap anchors are now updated with chains and lowering biners. Jul 1, 2013

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