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Gill Direct 

Hueco: V4 Font: 6B

Type:  Boulder
Original:  Hueco: V4 Font: 6B [details]
FA: John Gill
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Submitted By: Mav on Sep 8, 2009

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Ben C. on the opening move.

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Long reaches are mandatory on this problem.


In the middle of the flat face and six feet left of sandpaper ledge are small edges that lead to a jug complex.


Crash pad.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Pat Ament/Gill Direct.
Pat Ament/Gill Direct.

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By misha zavalov
From: Boulder, Co.
Jan 19, 2010

It looks to me like Pat Ament is on Sandpaper Ledge (not Gill Direct) in this picture.
By Ben Cassedy
From: Denver, CO
Apr 9, 2010
rating: V4 6B R

The crux is pretty low, but it has some big moves high off the deck. And you are basically free soloing a 5.6 (give or take) once you top out the actual boulder problem. Bring some spotters & pads and get your head on straight for this one. Awesome problem.
By Mike Madsen
From: Rapid City
Mar 19, 2015

Did Gill do this problem or did a disciple of his? I asked Gill about this problem recently, and he said he didn't recall anything at Flagstaff in the Amphitheater that he did?
By Chip Phillips
From: Broomfield, CO
Mar 27, 2015

Michael, Pat Ament gave Gill credit for the FA of this problem in 1969 during one of his limited visits to the mountain. I suspect that Pat showed him OHT and Gill added a direct variation without knowing that he was adding a Flag classic to hundreds of future boulderer's circuits.

Peace, my friend.
By Tyler Kempney
From: Boulder, CO
Feb 26, 2017

I was excited to try this boulder problem, and unfortunately the left hand start hold broke off today. The hold is much smaller and no longer has a thumb catch.

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