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Abbaye d'Orval T,S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Contortionist's Forte T,S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Crack a Smile T,S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Gravestone S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Headstones S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Hot Zone, The S 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Mausoleum, The S 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Natural Born Driller S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Saint Sixtus Scoop S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Spider Line S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Throw Me A Scone T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
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Type: Sport, 50 ft
FA: Rick Thompson and Bill Crick, 1997
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Shared By: Christina kalb on Jun 16, 2008
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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This climb is just right of the arete by Natural Born Thriller, and around the corner of the Hot Zone. It follows 7 bolts to a 2 bolt anchor. The climbing begins by pulling over a small overhang (you can clip the first bolt by standing on the rock if you are tall enough) and continues up. Stem and smear up to just below the seventh bolt (crux), where you have to make a reachy move to a good hold. You can avoid this crux by going out left of the bolt for some easier climbing.


7 quickdraws, plus something for the anchor.


Rick Thompson
Mount Nebbiolo, CO
Rick Thompson   Mount Nebbiolo, CO
St. Sixtus, one of the five Belgium monasteries that still brews on the premises, is renowned for producing one of the world's most potent brews. Aug 3, 2009
Funky boulder problem to start the route, clip the first bolt if you can from the ground. At the bottom holds are better left. 10a if you go left at the top, 10c if you go right. Sep 14, 2016

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