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Hueco: V8 Font: 7B

Type:  Boulder, 14'
Original:  Hueco: V8 Font: 7B [details]
FA: Phillip Benningfield
Season: Year round
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Submitted By: Luke Childers on Jan 2, 2009

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Jables sending Thievery.


This is the best line at The Energy Wall. It is steep, powerful, technical, dynamic and beautiful. It's also quite tall. Climb the orange-colored wall right of a pronounced crack located next to a pine tree.

S.D.S. with your hands in a nice in-cut jug. Make sure your hands are placed in the correct order before starting out or you are sure to have victory stolen from you.

When ready, aggressively bump up to a small, right hand crimp with a pinky catch then quickly make a long toss (again with your right hand) to a small, sloping, horizontal seam. Move your left foot on to a nice tip-like foot hold located on your starting hold.

Next bring up your left had up into a match and quickly switch feet. Get your left foot in a good back step position and toss up and left into a two finger, pocket-type feature.

Steady yourself for the grand finally and explode upwards (2-3 foot dyno) with your right hand to snag an in-cut jug.

Now that the hard part is over get a shake and finish by pushing on to easier but committing climbing to the finish. Possibly the best problem at The Sisters.

If the sequence is not done in a fairly precise way, it will surely seem much harder. Also a big key to sending this sweet heart is good momentum.

This problem is also much harder if you are short. The taller you are the easier this one will probably feel.


Its location is The Energy Wall. It is on the steep, orange-colored wall left of a pronounced crack and pine tree.



Photos of Thievery Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Misha almost hitting the second crimp.
Misha almost hitting the second crimp.
Rock Climbing Photo: Myself and homie Garrett all spanned out.
Myself and homie Garrett all spanned out.
Rock Climbing Photo: Working through the crux.
Working through the crux.
Rock Climbing Photo: Jared LaVacque on Thievery.
Jared LaVacque on Thievery.
Rock Climbing Photo: Jared LaVacque on Thievery.
Jared LaVacque on Thievery.
Rock Climbing Photo: Kevin working Thievery!!  Love this line, baby!
Kevin working Thievery!! Love this line, baby!
Rock Climbing Photo: Jason setting up for the middle rail stick on the ...
Jason setting up for the middle rail stick on the ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Jason sticking the final toss on the area classic ...
Jason sticking the final toss on the area classic ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Luke Childers climbing Thievery.
Luke Childers climbing Thievery.

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By henrydec1
From: denver, colorado
Apr 17, 2009

Can I see a picture? Sounds fun.
By Andy Librande
From: Denver, CO
Apr 24, 2009

Picture of the problem is here:
By Luke Childers
May 14, 2009

I am not sure but I believe I got the 2nd or 3rd ascent of this line in 2000. I felt that it was more like (V8) at the time. I still feel that it compares to the Flatirons, Satellite classic " Face Full of Brian (V8)." (V6) seems quite stiff for this one!!! I could go with hard (V7). Really it's difficulty is very height dependent!! Great problem for sure.

By Luke Childers
Jun 19, 2009

Did this one again about a week or two ago and even knowing all the moves it still took me all day with many tries!!! It was hard back in 1999-2000 and it's still hard in 2009!!! So, I have officially changed my rating to V8. Call me crazy, but I think it's that hard. Either way it's one of the best line at the Sisters!!
By half-pad-mini-jug
From: crauschville
May 20, 2010

So, I finally sent this rig today, and it is the best problem in 3 Sisters. Absolutely stellar!!!
By misha zavalov
From: Boulder, Co.
May 21, 2010

I agree, Darth. The problem is sick as balls.... I have yet to send it.
By Luke Childers
May 21, 2010

Yes...the slab was never to be used as starting feet at the bottom. Besides the feet for the start are very apparent and putting your feet on the really flat slab is almost like having your feet on the ground!!! Great problem. I've always thought it a solid V8 myself. More like old school V8!! So good!! Nice send, Jason!! Wish I would have been there, man.
By Andy Librande
From: Denver, CO
Jul 9, 2010

There is a video of the problem over at modump:
By Squish
From: Lakewood
Jul 9, 2010

I just worked on this problem for the first time tonight. This has to be the hardest boulder problem I've ever worked on. The video looks like the dude is using the slabs to start and also he is like 6'5". Both Luke and Darth are correct. This line is beautiful and also f*&#ing hard as piss! I can tell this is going to be a long term proj for me....
By Will Butler
From: Boulder, CO
Feb 27, 2012

How do you get to this problem from say Prince Charles? I searched all over the place the last time I was there and couldn't find Thievery.
By SteveZ
From: Denver, CO
Feb 28, 2012
rating: V9 7C

I'm sure someone here will have better directions than this as I've only been there once, but... from Prince Charles if you look SWish (down the hill and a bit to your right), you'll see some flat rock slabs kind of across the gully. Really roughly maybe a hundred-ish yards away. These are the top of the Thievery area, though you won't be able to see the problems as they face away from you (when looking from PC). If you wander over to those slabs and scramble down the other side, just scan that cliff band and you'll find it. Hope that helps, happy sending.
By JasonT
Feb 29, 2012
rating: V8 7B

So, in Benningfield's new guide, he calls this a V6 which is weird because he has the FA. I thought it was definitely V8 and at the least hard V7. I'm calling BS!!
By Tom Hanson
Mar 2, 2012

Energy Crag, I believe named by Jim Hausman, is between The Brothers and The Sisters.

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