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Thunder Underground 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Original:  YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Blair Dixon, Sean Jones, May 2001
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Submitted By: Euan Cameron on May 27, 2007

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How difficult this climb is depends on the route you take! Climb the wide crack too long and it is no harder than 5.10c. If you chose to traverse right onto the steep face it provides a great 5.11b.

The start is awkward but not too hard. After reaching the wide crack step right onto the face. Make committing moves up the face until positive holds are attained.

A slight move right and bigger holds reduce the heart rate, and allow the anchors to be found.


Takes the line of bolts to the right of the central dihedral.


6 bolts, 2 chain anchors

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By kenr
May 29, 2017

The "easier" variation (going high up the crack on the left side then traverse right) is plenty interesting (and the bolts were set to be in reach from the crack), so I felt it's a worthwhile climb even if have no intention of attempting the direct 11b face.

Note that there are two finishes: The guidebook shows the lower finish going diagonal right to "Distance of Man" 5.11a anchor. Or there are bolts leading more straight to higher up.

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