Type: Trad
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Shared By: Joe Lee on Jan 7, 2007
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This is a killer line up the entire north face of Tom's Thumb. A treat for the well rounded trad climber. The start, in a box, appears unappealing but the jams are fun. Then undercling right with slick feet to a small right facing corner with a crack, which starts with tips but becomes more secure as you go higher. The short transition from roof to corner is about 10c or harder (I pulled on a piece to get around). The upper crack starts with a short section of wide hands and then becomes a very long run of offwidthing with some squeezing chimneys thrown in. The locals at Vedauwoo would be jealous. Gear anchor at the top. Walk right (west) to rappel anchors with slings and rap rings. Single rope rappel with a sixty meter.


When you approach Tom's Thumb, walk around the base to the right into the shade. Only go a short distance and you will see a box with poor looking rock with a roof. The roof has a crack that angles up and right to a right facing corner and a wide crack going straight up from there.


Bring a full standard rack. You may want a thin fingertip piece like a black alien to help protect the start of the corner. As for the upper wide crack, I would take at least one offwidth piece which means long, long runouts. If you want protection every 10 feet, you'll need at least one green Camalot and several (3-4) offwidth pieces.