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The Tomahawk 

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

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 65'
Original:  YDS: 5.11a/b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Pete DeLannoy
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Submitted By: BBQ on Oct 23, 2010

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Teddy getting after The Tomahawk.

Description 

Get ready to have your tendons chopped to pieces. A beyond-boldery start leads to pleasant climbing that soon has you clinging on for dear life for the finishing moves. Classic canyon climbing and a must do for anyone looking to get in over their head.

Location 

Located to the left of the infamous Trail of Tears and to the right of Bear Fisted Grizzly Killer.

Protection 

Bring about ten quickdraws. Stick clipping the first two is recommended since the opening sequence is harder than you could possibly imagine. HINT! Look for hidden two finger pockets once you run out of jugs at the very beginning.


Photos of The Tomahawk Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Definitely a big bouldering move to get started
BETA PHOTO: Definitely a big bouldering move to get started
Rock Climbing Photo: Pulling off the last sequence of the opening moves...
Pulling off the last sequence of the opening moves...
Rock Climbing Photo: Tomahawk
Tomahawk
Rock Climbing Photo: Getting dicey on The Tomahawk.  Very fun route.
Getting dicey on The Tomahawk. Very fun route.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Tomahawk,5.11a
The Tomahawk,5.11a
Rock Climbing Photo: The Tomahawk, 5.11a.
The Tomahawk, 5.11a.
Rock Climbing Photo: I finally got my redpoint after three seasons of w...
I finally got my redpoint after three seasons of w...
Rock Climbing Photo: Digging in for my redpoint attempt of The Tomahawk...
Digging in for my redpoint attempt of The Tomahawk...
Rock Climbing Photo: Actually, its a hella-fun start, but a lot more fu...
Actually, its a hella-fun start, but a lot more fu...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking for the two finger pockets after a boulder...
Looking for the two finger pockets after a boulder...
Rock Climbing Photo: Getting a heal-hook on the opening moves of The To...
Getting a heal-hook on the opening moves of The To...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Tomahawk.
The Tomahawk.

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By Greg Parker
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From: Cardiff, CA
Oct 23, 2010

I have to say, I love reading your posts Brent. Keep it up!
By Jesse Ryan
Nov 18, 2015
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a

If you rate routes based on hardest moves it clocks in around modern 5.11d for one move (V4?), if you discount the boulder start, yes maybe 5.11b after that intro. Very interesting fun climbing either way!
By Franck Vee
Jul 23, 2017
rating: 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13

I agree that the opening sequence is probably something around 11+/V4 type of move. The moves themselves I don't think are super hard, but finding good beta for feet is tricky once you have reached the first jug right.

I agree with the 11a rating for the rest of the route (roughly once you clip the 2nd). I don't think it should be rated 11d or c even considering the opening moves. Perhaps 11b if you want to somewhat consider it. I gave it a/b because of that.

I think PG13 is warranted here - you don't want to fall at the 4th. Actually it seems to me that you need an attentive belayer and be somewhat solid at 10+/11- between the 3rd & 5th bolts - you could take a nasty fall depending on position, slack, belayer reaction etc... with that corner below. It's not that the moves are so tough (I think the moves themselves are 10+ but very sustained so pushing it at 11a as a whole), but you need to keep your head cool with the pump and not do anything stupid. No one will die there but wear a helmet and watch those ankles if you do fall there.

The route is amazing, nice series of 2-3 finger pockets. Well done.

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