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YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

Type:  Sport, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Steve Habovstak, Eric Klement, 1995
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Submitted By: grk10vq on Apr 1, 2010

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A hard route to understand, T.H.C climbs up a choss trough to some more solid looking, but fragile feeling stone. Breaking left at bolt three, T.H.C ascends the large prow over a steep face to a large, sequential roof. Varied holds mixed with good and odd movement, bust the overhang and crawl to the chains if you're still interested.

A decent route when times are tough; this line will get in your head after a visit or two. A bit aloof, T.H.C. requires focus on many levels, it's name may be suggesting something?


Located on the left (west) separation of Aguaworld, T.H.C. is the second route left of the large space/break and shares the first three bolts with Agua Velvet.


Nine bolts and two slings for a recessed chain anchor. Rapping this line may be the best bet, as the chains are set back on a ledge. Lowering is slow to say the least.

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By Fett
May 27, 2010

FYI the book says THC is the bolted line to the right. Seemed soft for 12a but dont think it was 11b either. I didnt climb the left line so cant compare.
By tenesmus
May 27, 2010

old thread about it A few years ago that's where everyone posted their new stuff. Check out the LCC thread too.

Edit to say that .12a is soft but fun for that area. It should be getting really hot over there soon though. Cool that the choss on that wall doesn't fall off when you breathe on it.
By Fett
May 27, 2010

Thanks for the quick post guys. I was hoping mp was wrong because it would have been my first 12a onsight but still a fun climb whatever the grade. Most of the route looks like a lot of shale is mixed in with the quartzite for a chossy feeling (not that chossy) but the climbing is pretty fun 5.9ish climbing. After the ledge towards the end is perfect quartzite. So is it just the grades that are switched or is it the names too?
By John Steiger
Jun 8, 2012

Yes, a wee bit of choss, but nothing worrisome. Bolted for max safety (consider a shoulder length runner for the 5th bolt), so nothing to worry about if something pops. Great position. And yes, soft for the grade, but I won't quibble with 12a as a flash grade, since a few of the bolts take some hunting around to find.
By Ryan Arnold
Apr 28, 2013

The guidebook lists Aqua Velvet and THC in reverse orders compared to Mountain Project. We climbed these yesterday and the line on the right seems appropriately listed in MP as Aqua Velvet soft 11b. The line on the left is soft 12a that would be a much easier redpoint than onsight... beta through the upper roof is tricky the first time.
By Sam Miller
From: salt lake city, UT
May 2, 2013

I agree with the comments above, the route on the right is the .11b, the route on the left is a soft .12a. I would have flashed both, but a huge hold broke pulling the last roof. Probably a little harder now. The route on the right is really cool. The .12a is a choss pile, with holds that break easily. It felt like a lot more were soon to break. Also, the anchors are in need of repair. Super old and rusty, with washers that bending out.

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