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Drilling for Dollars 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Paul Wonsavage, 1996
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Submitted By: Patrick Bagley on Oct 25, 2006

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Located on the far left side of Right Jimmy Cliff, Drilling for Dollars is fun in an unnerving way. The crux move, according to a local veteran, "is not hard, it just feels like you're stepping out of a six-story window." To avoid an additional crux below the chains find a hidden hold around the arete on your left.


Drilling for Dollars starts conviently infront of fallen trees that make for a good lazy-belayer bench. Climb the easy slab, follow the line of bolts up blocky pillar, and make a weird move onto the face.


Standard, safe, Rumney bolting. Two bolt anchor.

Photos of Drilling for Dollars Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: crux time
crux time
Rock Climbing Photo: dave t at the top
dave t at the top
Rock Climbing Photo: Climber (Chris from NY?) finding the good holds on...
Climber (Chris from NY?) finding the good holds on...
Rock Climbing Photo: closing in on the anchor
closing in on the anchor
Rock Climbing Photo: Jimmy Cliff, right end.
BETA PHOTO: Jimmy Cliff, right end.

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By BTodd
May 26, 2008

the crux really is crazy like stated above, yet it looks so easy while belaying...
By Matt Desenberg
From: North Berwick, ME
Sep 6, 2009

Not one to complain, but this is a pretty bad route imo. Can't believe it gets any stars....
By MFC Boston
From: Boston, MA
Jun 2, 2010
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

As of May 30, 2010, the last bolt (Metolius) before the quick clips was spinning. It is six bolts to the top anchors. Please take notice if you are intending to climb this fun route.
By Adam Conroy
From: Cambridge, MA
Oct 4, 2010

I enjoyed this route only because I like being challenged by awkward body movements that you don't find in traditionally "good" and "fun" routes. I implore people to stick with the direct line and not go left to the lip and traverse over the top. I think it stays more interesting that way.

Still only rating it 1 star because it definitely doesn't have any neat real flow to it, even with how cool the line is from below. People should still get on it to get a feel for some awkward movements though, same as the routes surrounding it.
By Devin Krevetski
From: Northfield, VT
Nov 13, 2011

this is an awesome just isn't a "there's the holds...pull on them" climb
By Kevin Heckeler
From: Upstate New York
Mar 20, 2012
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

I agree that this climb's charm is in its awkwardness. I also agree that giving it more than a star is criminal.
By john strand
From: southern colo
May 28, 2013

It's because people don't flatten out the area for the bolt,, it's just in and done BS bolting IMO
By M Sprague
From: New England
May 29, 2013

The route is 17 years old, John, with 3/8" Rawls in schist and it gets pounded on by a constant stream of climbers. That is why we switched over to glue-ins at Rumney soon after this route went in
By Graham O.
Aug 5, 2016

This is really really fun! It goes up a beautiful wrinkly face that reminds me of Spraguesaurus at Blackjacks but doesn't use any of the sculpted crimps. I thought it was sick; definitely not four stars but definitely not one either.
By Franck Vee
Apr 23, 2017
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

A bit of an ackward climb, somewhat intimidating for the grade? just the way the huge blocks make for strange angles. Then there's the long easy slab to get there with the nearly-useless bolt mid-way.

Fun - if you're there and need a warm-up do it.

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