Type: Trad, 160 ft (48 m), 2 pitches
FA: Dick Hart, Bill McMorris (1948)
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Shared By: Scott Frankel on Dec 31, 2011 · Updates
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Description

Good beginner's lead route to the top of the Thumb. This was the original route way back in 1948! Originally rated Fourth class, but it's really a low 5th class climb. Actually, the first pitch is fourth class, but the 2nd pitch is fifth class.

Pitch 1: Follow fourth class easy scramble from left to right up a ramp. Continue up crack to tree to belay from.

Pitch 2: Traverse left towards another tree and across a low angle sloped face to a crack system on the left, then up a wide dual crack system to an overhang. Traverse right under the overhang across another low angle sloped face and then up a wide crack to the top.

Location

Look for the left to right vegetation choked sloping rock on the South West corner of the thumb. It's just to the right of an obvious crack and about 20 feet right of 'The Settlement (5.7)'.

Protection

Medium to large pro. Placements are pretty straight forward for most of this climb. Belay the first pitch from the tree.  Two bolt anchor on the summit for second pitch belay.   The Thumb can be safely rappelled with a 60m rope from the chains located on the west side of the thumb or with a 70M rope from the anchors above Hotline to the south east.

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