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A Sioux Named Boy S 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
Baba Cool S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Chopping Block T 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a X
Glimpse Into Paradise V7 7A+
Great Chimney AKA The Great Dihedral, The T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Meat is Murder S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Twelve White Sticks S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Valdez Overhang S,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
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Type: Sport, 90 ft
FA: Paul Piana and Todd Skinner 1989
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Shared By: Alex Shainman on Sep 14, 2013
Admins: Andrew Gram, Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Andy Busse, Mike Madsen, Mark Rafferty

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TWS is a bolted arête with some super cool crystal structures and fun moves. The crux come down low, just before and then immediately after you cross the arête to the left face. The route unfortunately feels a little forced or dare I say contrived for the rest of the way due to big holds and the bordering route on the left, especially at the 2nd to last bolt (harder straight up, easier out left). Nonetheless, the climbing is on fantastic crystals and will get you psyched! As for the rating, IMO, if Beetlejuice on Hornet's Nest is 12-, TWS is 11+...


On the west edge/arête of the Chopping Block...I found the best belay stance directly under the 1st bolt, a super short scramble straight up.


9 Bolts + 2 Bolt Anchor

A 60M rope makes TR'ing easy


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