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Thunder Child 

YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c

   
Type:  Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 700', Grade III
Original:  YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c [details]
FA: J. Ferrimani B. Neuman
New Route: Yes
Season: Summer
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Submitted By: jayci on Sep 5, 2013

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Brady after the crux 5.11 hand traverse.

Description 

Thunder Child takes the shoulder of a clean buttress on the south side of Cirque of the Sun. We call this Resolute Buttress. The climb takes crack systems from the bottom to the top. It can be identified by the straight up hands splitter on the second pitch. P.1 Take a faint finger crack to a stance below two cracks that join together at the hands splitter.5.9 P.2 We took the left crack here. Follow this crack through a small bulge. Place a blind peice and make an airy step right into the splitter. make perfect hand jams until the crack dies out and make a belay on the top of the right side of a blocky dihedral.5.10- P.3 Traverse right to another crack system. Jam fingers and hands to the base of a prominent dihedral capped by a small roof.5.9+ P.4 Stem up the dihedral and turn the roof on jugs. Follow cracks until it is possible to step right to a small stance at the base of a mossy corner. 5.10- P.5 Stem up the corner and traverse left out a roof. Cross an easy slab to your left passing a steep dirty looking crack. Climb a flake into a left facing corner. follow this until it tops out on the right shoulder of the buttress. 5.9 P.6 move right up an easy ramp to the base of a short and steep corner. Climb the corner until it ends at a roof. Make a wild hand traverse left to a ledge. Continue left until you see yet another perfect finger crack and follow it to the ledges above. 5.11 P.7 Move right on easy ground to the top! 5.6

Location 

This route is on what we call Resolute Buttress. You will see it on the left side of Cirque of the Sun. Walk the wall to the right until a system of awesome cracks can be seen on the west end of the buttress. The route has an obvious hand splitter on the second pitch.

Protection 

Small TCU's Triple on all fingers to thin hands. double #2 and 3 cams. One #4 cam. Walk off to the west.


Photos of Thunder Child Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Brady belaying on the P.3 Traverse
Brady belaying on the P.3 Traverse
Rock Climbing Photo: More perfect jamming.
More perfect jamming.
Rock Climbing Photo: Great exposure and perfect jams for 700ft!
Great exposure and perfect jams for 700ft!

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By Brady Neumann
From: Grand County Colorado
Sep 17, 2013
rating: 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c

This route climbs clean, high-quality, Sierra-like granite for 700’ up a very aesthetic splitter system. When standing on the beach-like decomposed granite alluvia in the valley below the base of the wall, look for the system on the right skyline that passes through two distinct roof sections. The climb has the feel of a real classic: continuous crack system from bottom to top, excellent clean rock, superb splitter cracks, consistent difficulty level of all the pitches(except for a short, harder section on pitch 6)and good belay stances. This route would probably see a lot of traffic if it were in the Cirque of the Towers. I had some more pictures of the route. Due to a mishap involving an electronic device and a washing machine, I lost them(sorry Jayci!). Definitely a route worth doing.
By matt j hartman
From: Leavenworth WA
Mar 30, 2014

Proud work Jayci. must have learned that at AYA.
By matt j hartman
From: Leavenworth WA
Mar 30, 2014

Proud work Jayci. must have learned that at AYA.
By jayci
From: Flagstaff
Apr 7, 2014

Thanks Matt! Let me know if you ever want to hit up the Winds!