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Pull the Plug 

YDS: 5.11a/b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c

Type:  Sport, 125'
Original:  YDS: 5.11a/b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Sean Cobourn, Chris Petty, Chris Little - 3/93
Season: Fall - Spring
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Submitted By: Jeff Mekolites on Mar 27, 2007

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bolt replacement. oops. forgot hammer....


Pull the Plug climbs the texture face past a high bolt up to very thin slabby face. Guidebook show going straight up and finishing on Comatose. Variation? - step right and over a lip past a bolt to finish at the Comatose anchors.


The thin face climb to the right of the Comatose crack.


Bolted route. Shared Anchors with Comatose

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KP styling Pull The Plug
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Climber on Pull the Plug
Rock Climbing Photo: Pulling the crux
Pulling the crux
Rock Climbing Photo: pull'in3
Rock Climbing Photo: pull'in2
Rock Climbing Photo: pull'in
Rock Climbing Photo: the culprit is named
the culprit is named
Rock Climbing Photo: Ask Chris Little what he thinks of the route....
Ask Chris Little what he thinks of the route....

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By Sean Cobourn
From: Gramling, SC
Nov 20, 2008

a bolt (or two) has been added since Chris L. tried the second ascent (see photos).
By NickFe
From: SC
Feb 28, 2010

A challenging and balancy route. Can be top roped with a 70 meter rope
By Trevor Shu
Feb 12, 2013

Which is the original finish? The guidebook doesn't show the bolt at the roof.

It seems quite contrived to avoid the comatose roof pull.
By Jonathan Dull
From: Boone, NC
May 9, 2014

The guidebook shows the original finish moving left to the Comatose roof after the thin face climbing. However the addition of the bolt over the roof makes for a bouldery crux that's well protected. Bring a few smaller cams for protection after pulling the roof (crux). This is an awesome climb and highly recommended!
By The Pilsner Prophet
From: Albuquerque N.M.
May 18, 2014

Hi, everybody! This is The Pilsner Prophet! That's me getting my cast signed by Sean's wife, Heather. I didn't think that route rated an "R", but that was a long time ago. (It was kind of a freak accident when I broke my leg.) I haven't climbed anything in about 20 years. I came out to New Mexico in '96, and hadn't climbed much for a year or two before that. But I just might start again. Anybody mind belaying me while I top rope a 5.1?
By Russ Keane
Mar 26, 2017

Chris, did you stop climbing because of the accident? I was reading about it in the Rumbling Bald guide book yesterday. Was it a ground fall?

This route is extremely crimpy. The sequence at the crux is pretty tough. My toes were killing me!
By Chris Little
Jul 10, 2017

Russ: Today is JULY 10, and I just found your question. I didn't really "quit" climbing. After my leg healed, I would hobble down to the Ampitheater in Linville Gorge to solo The Daddy and The Mummy. I started climbing again, but in a few years some bad things happened. Actually, when we put up Pull The Plug, we tried to make it safe. We put the bolt at the hard moves. You asked if it was a ground fall. I only fell 5 or 10 feet and the bolt caught me. I got past the crux, and I was hanging onto the edge. My fingers just popped off, and I remember being bummed out as I fell because I shouldn't have fallen. That opened my eyes a bit, and in the next few months I started thinking. In the next few years some bad things happened, some worse than others. I lost my favorite pair of shoes (Not so bad). Anyway, I just seemed to climb less. Climbing is a strange thing, and I used to hang with strange people. Justin Hayward said "You need a head for heights". Just ask Charles Ivey. I'm married now, and I have to consider that. I saw climbing ruin Sean's marriage. One Friday evening I went to pick up Gus Glitch (Scott) at his mother's condo. His wife wasn't talking. We got back Sunday evening and he opened the door. The place was empty, except for a note in the middle of the floor. It WAS my life. Anyway, I almost went to a top roping area last summer. Who knows? I might start climbing soon. I haven't read the guide book. What does it say? We set that route up to be safe, and it really was a freak accident when I broke my leg. I know other bolts have been added. Did somebody else get hurt? Hope to hear back soon.

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