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Thunderwood 

YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Original:  YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b [details]
FA: Kelly Vaught, Frank Bentwood, Greg Epperson, Tucker Tech, Todd Gordon
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Submitted By: susan peplow on Jan 1, 2014

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Gamer Dave headed up on Thunderwood

Description 

Starting just below and left of the predominate corner of Norwegian Wood you'll find the base and start of this experience. Opening moves over green lichen gain you the first bolt in a small right facing corner. Trending up and slightly left across a sharp dyke system and up through the face crossing over middle banding of this wall. Bolts are nicely placed with only one section through easier ground that has a larger spacing pattern. Moving beyond the 4th bolt is undoubtably the crux. Leader and three other partners were unable to make the move beyond without AO assistance. Grainy flakes and sketchy rock was not instilling confidence in any of the team. A short flared hand-crack above leads to the final and probably best moves of the entire route before reaching the bolted anchor.

Rock quality is suspect. Exfoliating doesn't fully describe the grains and large plates that are ready to detach. Belayers beware and rocks from above could be headed your way.

Peer pressure and peer pressure alone is rating this route with 1 star. Length is nice as well as bolt placement but the quality of this line is not desirable. If you're into grainy ascents thinking it's part of the Joshua Tree experience you may walk away with some satisfaction.

Location 

Located on the face slightly down & left of Norwiegen Wood. Most notable by the line of 10 black hangers.

Protection 

10 quick draws and your preferred bolted anchor set up (runners recommended). Bolted & chain anchor above.


Photos of Thunderwood Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Laughing all the way.......
Laughing all the way.......
Rock Climbing Photo: Dave sussing out the crux moves at 4th bolt.
Dave sussing out the crux moves at 4th bolt.

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By caughtinside
From: Oakland CA
Jan 1, 2014

This thing is pure entertainment! Pretty fun moves while you grain shower the belay with every move. Take it easy on those flakes.
By toddgordon Gordon
From: Joshua Tree, California
Jan 1, 2014

The climbing is fun..but the rock in places is bunk....a heads up lead too;....not for the faint of heart.....
By mhagny
Sep 6, 2015

Once all the loose stuff gets knocked off this route, I think it will become a favorite.

As to the grade, I couldn't force myself (on lead) to climb directly above the 4th bolt -- instead, I eventually reached out left and grabbed a brownish sloper that might cleave off the wall at anytime. This softened the grade substantially, perhaps to 10a. On TR, another in my party was able to do it without using that sloper, and probably was 10d.

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