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The Big Chill 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Mike Vonberg and William Borghetti, 1996
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Submitted By: Ryan Brough on Aug 2, 2006

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  • Description 

    Consistently challenging climbing on a vertical face. Watch for loose, flaky rock just after the third bolt and towards the top. Still, this is a relatively clean route for the Hellgate. Don't forget to top out on this route, the view is fantastic. There is a bit of a runout between the last bolt and the anchor so be on your toes.


    Head up the "Shooting Gallery" between Towers Two and Three. The Big Chill is the third bolted line from the left up the gully of Tower Two on the gold colored wall. The belay ledge is rather small.

    Note: The Ruckman Guide shows this to the right of Social Realism, but it's wrong.


    8 Bolts to a 3 bolt anchor with slings (shared with Social Realism to the right).

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    By Stan Pitcher
    From: SLC, UT
    Aug 18, 2006

    So this is the route just left of Social Realism? And there's another to the left of it? I've never seen that one. If so its pretty hard for 10a. I'd give it at least a 10b. Good climb but a bit run to the anchors.
    By John Steiger
    Aug 7, 2007

    The Big Chill must be the route furthest to the left on Tower 2 (see comments for Social Realism). Whatever its true name, I agree that the route furthest to the left is 10b. Also, at least as of 8/5/07, there is a healthy run-out (at least 20 feet) to the chains. I think it would be somewhat traumatic for a leader just breaking into 5.10 sport climbing.
    By Crag Turkey
    From: Holladay, UT
    Aug 2, 2016

    felt like there might be a bolt missing mid route. However it's over easy terrain, just a ledge below you that you wouldn't want to party with. also a good run to the chains, pretty easy to traverse to social realism and clip the last bolt... but its probably easier just to run it to the chains. Be sure to hop on social realism as it is super! I thought this was a easier to climb then it's right neighbor, maybe a soft 5.10 if you can read it well. good warm up (with a little bit of runs)!

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