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Sheep Thrills 

YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c

Type:  Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 120'
Original:  YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c [details]
FA: Eric Fazio-Rhichard, Bob Kerry
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Submitted By: randy baum on Oct 26, 2008

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30' of face climbing brings you two a couple great cam placements in horizontal cracks. A few more moves get you to the first bolt and the start of the dike system. Stem, pinch, and crimp your way past bolts to a stance in front of a crack system and the end of the dike. Place a few cams or nuts here and climb easy terrain to the top. A typical Cochise ending, there is no pro available in this last 20 or so feet of this climb. With some help from your belayer, you can descend with just one 60 meter rope.


First (and only?) route on the Crisis Center. Located low on the formation, just across the gully from the Sheephead route Stampede.


Small to medium cams; quickdraws.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Sheep Thrills, Cochise Stronghold.
Sheep Thrills, Cochise Stronghold.
Rock Climbing Photo: A nut protects the 5.10-ish start
A nut protects the 5.10-ish start
Rock Climbing Photo: cruxin'
Rock Climbing Photo: Scott on the awesome "Sheep Thrills", ju...
Scott on the awesome "Sheep Thrills", ju...

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By Aaron Miller
From: Santa Fe, NM
Feb 17, 2009
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

Pretty serious line. Moves after second bolt are hard and you could take a monster whip.

Quality route!
By max gibbons
From: AZ y TO
Mar 9, 2010

Thank you for the route submission, Mr. Spock (3rd circuit rational).
Humans will find the dyke badass (2nd circuit emotional).

Set of nuts will protect well. Combine with Stampede! for an exceptional day (compliments TWr).
By Andy Bennett
From: Tucson, AZ
Aug 18, 2010

Second only to Tombstone crack as one of the best single pitch routes I've done in the Stronghold. Thanks Eric and Bob!
By stevecurtis
From: Petaluma California
Nov 12, 2010

We did the combination Stampeed/sheep thrills for the great day. I found both these routes really stiff for the grade--12 a is very conservative. Sheep thrills had blind placements, long runouts, insecure climbing. The top is sharp and could cut a rope--35 ft runout on 10 A
This is a great route, stout and thought provoking.
By Toast with Butter
From: Tempe, AZ
Mar 7, 2016

This is a great climb with entertaining moves and interesting features. I used only cams for natural pro: basically doubles from zero (purp metolius) to .4 inch. There were many spots where a rack of offset nuts could have placed too. I felt very safe and was even able to place a bomber 000 before the chains. It's a serious route, but very typical as far as Cochise goes. This route has some fantastic movement and def makes it into my top ten at Cochise. Not to be missed, especially if you are somewhat comfortable at the grade.

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