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Thunder Will 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: D. Huwe/ original vision S. Price & D. Huwe
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Submitted By: s.price on Dec 1, 2010

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BETA PHOTO: Thunder Will.


A bouldery crux start leads to a cruiser mid-section, capped with another steep crux at the top. This is a great first lead.


Thunder Will is left of Lightning Crashes.


6 glue-in bolts to over the top anchors.

Photos of Thunder Will Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Avery projecting the route.
Avery projecting the route.
Rock Climbing Photo: My son working his way up the start.
My son working his way up the start.
Rock Climbing Photo: Kayla seconding Thunder Will, about midway up befo...
Kayla seconding Thunder Will, about midway up befo...
Rock Climbing Photo: Dean Huwe at the upper crux during FA.
BETA PHOTO: Dean Huwe at the upper crux during FA.

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By Paul M.
Nov 26, 2012

The start is very undercut, and if you are short, it is much harder than 5.7+.
Also, there is a sizable ledge halfway up that your belay should pay attention to.
By Chris Walden
From: Soldotna, Alaska
Aug 21, 2014
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13

As mentioned, the start is undercut. We had to hoist the kids up to get started. Belaying was tricky as the ground here was slippery. I think the start of the route was more 5.9 (crux for sure) and then 5.8. The big ledge 1/4 up the route and then climb to the next bolt makes things a bit tricky. Great route, good holds, but the start and ledge make this technically tougher than a 5.7 IMHO.

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