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Pieces of Eight 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport, TR, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
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Submitted By: Kevin Fons on Jan 1, 2002

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Having fun on what I think is pieces of eight


This is a great route with a hard start and good protection. Go through the damn and right down to the open area. It is on the North Corner of the rock which is the next rock over from Better than Pool & Pie.

The route starts right on the corner which is very steep on some smaller holds to the first bolt. It stays hard until somewhere between the second and third bolt where it eases off. The rest of the rout is fun easier climbing on bigger holds. There are 4 bolts in all. The anchor is solid.This and the other routes on the back of the damn are a great way to finish off a day.

You can TR this by leading the much easier Better Than Pool and Pie and walking over to these anchors.


4 Nice Bolts to some good anchors.

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By John Gunnels
From: Gillette, WY
Aug 5, 2005
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R

Great pro?... Well, I guess for the Needles, it's "not bad". Just DON'T FALL during the final moves...
By Josiah Reams
From: Rapid City, SD
Jul 22, 2007
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R

I did this route yesterday and only counted three bolts on the ~100 foot climb with the third bolt being less than half-way up the route. A fall near the top would probably result in a meeting with The Reaper. However, climbing eases from 5.8 to 5.6 at the third bolt. There are a couple of horns that could be slung with narrow slings for marginal pro, and one might be able to place some pro with long slings to prevent rope drag in the large crack out left.
By Joe M
From: Beckley, wv
Sep 2, 2008
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a X

Dont fall once you arfe past the last bolt! We set up a top rope after doing Better Than Pool and Pie. Thats probably the best and safest way to do this route.
By Tater Tot
From: Custer, SD
Apr 22, 2009
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R

Beta says four bolts...I only remember 3 but could be wrong.

I had a blast on this route! A hard start - I fell a couple times before the first bolt but there was plenty of mud below making for a soft fall, which I think is usually the case at the bottom of this route. Used an extra shirt to clean my shoes and then chalked them up. Half way up, awesome jugs and a low angle all the way to the top - probably 5.3 or 5.4 climbing on a fun easy face! I imagine the last half of this climb to be like Leaning Tower in the Needles! I suppose I'll find out soon!

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