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The Candlestick 

YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b

   
Type:  Sport, 3 pitches, 370', Grade III
Original:  YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b [details]
FA: Drew Spaulding, Jay Foley-1999
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Drew Spaulding on Feb 22, 2013

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View from the Candlestick Cave.

Warning Stainless-steel bolts are suspect near the coast. A rebolting effort is underway. MORE INFO >>>

Description 

This route starts out an alpine scramble, 2nd pitch is is a moderate classic, and 3rd pitch is one of the 4-star, overhanging gems of the THAIWAND. From the base of "Primal Scream"(far left side of the THAIWAND) hike further up through the jungle to the left. A faint trail heads up towards a steep tree filled gully of solid, sharp limestone. Usually there is a fixed rope to lead the way. Solo or rope up to climb(5.5) the 120' exposed approach pitch to the base of the quality red wall above.
Pitch2-5.9(120')-starts up the clean squeeze chimney to a ledge. Step to the right 15' to climb the orange, candle waxed corner straight up to where the pitch splits into 2 options. Left leads up to the large belay ledge below the "Red Line" and "Crystal Flame". Right is the original line that climbs out onto a fun series of pockets up to the "Candlestick Cave". A small cave that comfortably fits 2-4 people with an amazing view.
Pitch 3-5.10+(130')-steps out right to gain the steep, acute corner culminating into the 1st pumpy, pocketed crux. A bit of a rest before pulling the gymnastic overhang to gain the Candlestick above. Stemming on the left side, swap to the right side, hug the prow of the candle until jamming straight up the wick.(crux) Power through the pocketed section and up to the anchor. This pitch is 130' from the cave, lowering from here, with 1 rope, is very tricky and heady(70m rope suggested). There is a sub-anchor 25' out from the belay cave that can be reached when lowering. Belay the 2nd climber from here. To descend, do a short rap to an anchor below the cave. From here, one 30m rap gets you back to the base of the 2nd pitch. One more rappel down the approach pitch gets you back on terra firma... Climbing to the very top with 2 ropes is not necessary but is a fun way to get some major exposure. By trailing a 2nd rope to the top that is fixed in the "Belay Cave", you can do a wildy overhanging(30' from the wall!!) rappel back to the cave. Great photo opp. and breathtaking exposure!!!

Location 

From the base of "Primal Scream"(far left side of the THAIWAND) hike further up through the jungle to the left. A faint trail heads up towards a steep tree filled gully of solid, sharp limestone. Usually there is a fixed rope to lead the way. Solo or rope up to climb the 120' exposed approach pitch to the base of the quality red wall above.

Protection 

This Route was rebolted with Titanium bolts in 2004.


Photos of The Candlestick Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Adam Weiner rappelling from the top of the Candles...
Adam Weiner rappelling from the top of the Candles...
Rock Climbing Photo: View from CandleStick
View from CandleStick
Rock Climbing Photo: Nice long rappel.
Nice long rappel.
Rock Climbing Photo: Candlestick Cave with Chai.
Candlestick Cave with Chai.
Rock Climbing Photo: Drew S. and Jean R. waiting out a downpour in the ...
Drew S. and Jean R. waiting out a downpour in the ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Waiting out a little rainstorm up in the "Bel...
Waiting out a little rainstorm up in the "Bel...
Rock Climbing Photo: climbing the lower Candlestick
climbing the lower Candlestick
Rock Climbing Photo: Peter Jansson after stemming out onto the Candlest...
Peter Jansson after stemming out onto the Candlest...
Rock Climbing Photo: Peter Jansson powering through the lower section
Peter Jansson powering through the lower section

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By Mike Holley
From: Boone, NC
Apr 23, 2014

Fantastic Route and a great access pitch that allows for cragging higher up on the wall. Many excellent routes branch off from this guy! Fun in the Shade for certain!
By Herm-Dawg Millionaire
From: Bozeman, Montana
Apr 6, 2016

By far, my favorite climb on this wall. The exposure is breathtaking, especially the last half of the top pitch. I would've rated this harder than the Red Line, if only for the serious rope drag. Keep that in mind when placing gear around the stalactites! Classic line.

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