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Thriller Pillar 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Sport, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Ed Mosshart, Andy Fitz January, 1989
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Submitted By: Noah D on Jun 28, 2011

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  • Description 

    Fun, balancy moves up the face to an overhang crux where great holds appear and keep it 5.9.


    On the pillar just left of the Orange Sunshine split thin cracks on the far right side of the wall.


    QDs. Chains on top.

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    Rock Climbing Photo: Calvin on lead, just after the first bolt.
    Calvin on lead, just after the first bolt.

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    By JimM
    Oct 9, 2011

    FA: Ed Mosshart, Andy Fitz January, 1989
    By Bren Tallen
    From: Concord, NH
    Nov 13, 2013
    rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

    There is a good mix of climbing technique and climbing styles you encounter on this moderate sport climb. Hone your crimpy slab technique, arete climbing, vertical face, and mini-roof styling in one run. I really enjoyed getting onto this 5.9+ for that reason alone. Watch out for Rattlesnakes on the approach and near the walls if you're going during the warm months. . They mostly stayed away from us.
    By Andrew Davidson
    From: Everett, WA
    Oct 12, 2015

    There are no Chains or Rap rings at the top. The hangers look to be the 1/4" thick steel and people have been just running their ropes through them.
    By A.wilk Wilk
    From: Olympia, WA
    Nov 5, 2015
    rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

    I found this to be an incredibly sketchy climb to set up a top rope because of the positioning of the last bolt.

    I'm not sure if I missed a bolt or not but I believe the last bolt on this climb is right before the hard move to the big jug up top. Once you pull past this steep bit the climb is basically over and you surmount a ledge to the anchors.

    If your follower falls after they unclip that last bolt (which is possible, those moves are pumpy up there) they are going to take a gnarly swing around the arete and into the corner.

    Did I miss a bolt? Or should we be advising people to bring up some gear for a directional near the anchors?

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