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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.


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 Housiaux
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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