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YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
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Submitted By: David Gunnells on Jun 15, 2009

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Trey moving through the overhung start.


An initial over-hand on a dihedral route. The crux is the inital move from the ground. It starts left of the dihedral. The base of the rock is undercut; I had to stand on a small boulder to reach the hand-holds. After making the initial, difficult moves, you come to a ledge. The climbing is fairly easy from there as you move up the dihedral.


Left of a gully, just right of 9-Ball.


Climb the gully to the right to access the top. Natural anchors - two 25 ft slings around rocks worked well. There are plenty of places to place gear as well.

Photos of 8-Ball Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Pulling through the start
Pulling through the start
Rock Climbing Photo: The 8-ball dihedral route.  Crux move at the base.
BETA PHOTO: The 8-ball dihedral route. Crux move at the base.
Rock Climbing Photo: Joe Hines on the initial move.
Joe Hines on the initial move.
Rock Climbing Photo: Making the initial move on 8-ball.
Making the initial move on 8-ball.

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By George Heib
Sep 30, 2010
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Good place to go if pilot is crowded, but don't put these at the top of your to do list. They are a bit too short for pleasure. Three moves and you are out onto really easy scrambling.
By Rmsyll
From: Winston-Salem, NC
Feb 9, 2011

There have been new bolted anchors for Pool Hall for a while, no need for natural rigging for the three 'Balls'. There is no clear distinction among the three named routes, simply different lines as in a boulder setting. Indeed, the 'Balls' are essentially a set of roped boulder problems, with no use for crash pads because of the very rough sloped ground there.

The photo labelled "Making the initial move on 8-ball" shows '8-Ball' as it is usually started, at the dihedral and from a rock as a footstep. The photo labelled for "Joe Hines" shows a variant start, halfway between the common start for '8-Ball' and '9-Ball' accessible by tall people who are already strong climbers.

By Joshua McDaniel
From: Johnson City, TN
Dec 5, 2011

This is a really fun route. The moves off the ground are a little hard, but the corner above is easier and fun. Not a bad trad lead, if you're comfortable with the moves off the deck.
By alanbreck
Dec 5, 2015
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Just due to the start I'd call it a 5.8+. After you get over the initial overhang it's pretty easy 5.6 from there.
By Andy C. Miller
From: Johnson City, TN
Jan 14, 2017

A good line, great placements throughout if you wanted to lead it. The top rope anchors are in a weird, if not dangerous, spot. be careful setting them up and make sure to extend over the lip. The anchors are solid, but re-bolting for placement wouldn't be a bad idea.

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