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Goldbug Finish 

YDS: 5.12b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6b

Type:  Sport
Original:  YDS: 5.12b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6b [details]
FA: jim shimburg
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Submitted By: lee hansche on Jan 22, 2008

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It's not so much that its a bad route it's just so reachy that if you're not 7ft tall the holds are hard to get to. However if you can reach them (I'm 6'2" and I can just barely make the reaches) the moves are really cool the holds are great and the top out I found to be technical and super fun. If you like this style of climbing--BIG moves to good crimps and a technical top out--hop on it.

Climb Goldbug (5.10b) or the Digger-bug link up (5.9) to the Goldbug anchor. Clip a long runner to the anchor and step right to the nice ledge.

There are very few moves but they are big ones. Move up to a good crimp left of the first draw. Make a huge move up and right to a half pad incut crimp. Make another big move up and left to a nice flat full pad crimp. The feet kinda suck here so making the last big move to a sloper is a bit challenging. Once you get the sloper you make techy moves heading right until you can pull a mantel on to a ledge and climb a few easy moves to the anchors.


From the Gold Bug anchors, head up and right following bolts up a short overhung wall.


From the Goldbug anchor there are 4 bolts to a 2 bolt anchor.

Long draws may be helpful to reduce rope drag on the lower pitch.

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By M Sprague
From: New England
Mar 29, 2011

Heinous for me. I couldn't touch the thing even when I was climbing a number grade harder. VERY reachy with reachy clips. Jim is a monkey man.

FA - Jim Shimberg
By M Sprague
From: New England
Mar 18, 2013

Got back on this yesterday and quickly found beta that made it feel almost easy for the grade and not crazy reachy. I don't know how I missed it before. I start to the right and go up to a good right hand side pull that gets me the reach to the crimp up and left ( the half pad incut Lee mentions). Match the crimp and dyno up left to a good hold. Then it is just popping to the pinchy lip, matching, foot out right and reach left to a big pinchy sidepull.

Rumor has it that the bolts will be replaced soon with nice big glue-ins(if not closed for the birds) Hopefully they will be a little easier to clip.
By Jeffrey.LeCours
From: New Hampshire
Jul 30, 2015

What's the word on that rumor? :)
By M Sprague
From: New England
Jul 30, 2015

Hasn't happened yet. Smitty and I got called to other locations. This whole 'life interfering with climbing and route fixing up' thing is for the birds :))

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