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Gift Certificate 

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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 180'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Sean Cobourn, Scott Ryser
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Submitted By: saxfiend on Dec 28, 2006

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BETA PHOTO: Start of the climb


If you've led Bear Hunt and want to keep climbing, Gift Certificate is a great choice. Long and excitingly exposed, this route offers nice friction, decent protection and some moves that will make you stop and think.

Starting just right of a sharp-edged boulder leaning against the cliff, move up the rounded face to steeper ground. Follow the path of least resistance over a bulge and continue up the line of bolts and strategic gear placements to the top, enjoying a panoramic view of the valley below.

NOTE: The guidebook erroneously reports this as a 120' route; it's closer to 200', so double ropes (or trailing a second rope) are mandatory to rap the route. A single-rope rap will get you back to the ground from the Bear Hunt ledge.


Starts on the ledge at the top of Bear Hunt where a boulder leans against the slabby cliff; a line of bolts is visible above.


Mixed; 5-6 bolts, but there's enough runout between them that a light rack (small to medium cams and nuts) is necessary. Double-rope rap from a tree with slings and rap rings.

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BETA PHOTO: Onsight of Gift Certificate
Rock Climbing Photo: View towards Hanging Chain Wall.
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By Sam Stephens
Mar 24, 2011

As of 3/23 there's a purple TCU stuck on this pitch. Tried to get it out but no luck.
By sanz
From: Raleigh, NC
Nov 7, 2011

TCU is still there. That thing ain't going anywhere. This is a fun climb, combined with Bear Hunt or Bear Cub makes a nice warmup for the harder stuff in this area.
By Joe Virtanen
From: Asheville, NC
Mar 17, 2013

A 70 will get down if you rap to climber's left where the ground is slightly closer (bottom of The Gift).
By Bryan Haslam
From: Asheville, North Carolina
Oct 19, 2014

John McGee and I climbed this line in the 90's before the bolts. It's definitely a better route with bolts (we gifted the route to Shawn and partner after they unknowingly thought they were establishing a new route). Up higher we stayed right of the bolted line on slightly easier terrain where there was at least a few more trad placements.
By Russ Keane
Oct 29, 2016

Cool pitch, on killer a-plus rock (of course). Pretty mellow for the grade. The first bolt looks high and scary, but if you are taller than 5'7" you will have no problem.
By Micah Rogers
From: Asheville, NC
Oct 31, 2016
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Excellent lead. Well protected with the exception of a slight runout on easy terrain at the top. Great exposure, long, and with a variety of styles/moves. A bit soft for the grade.
By Sean Cobourn
From: Gramling, SC
Apr 25, 2017

one of my favorite routes!

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