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Wild Thing 

YDS: 5.13a French: 7c+ Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: IX+ ZA: 29 British: E6 6c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Original:  YDS: 5.13a French: 7c+ Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: IX+ ZA: 29 British: E6 6c [details]
FA: Josh Lowell, 1997
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Submitted By: j wharton on Jun 28, 2006

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Scott Bennett cuts loose.


This is another Pass classic at the grade. Steep, juggy climbing up a corner leads to a cool roof encounter and a good rest after the crux. A few more technical moves gain the chains. This is a great antidote to the generally thin climbing on the Pass.


This is the farthest left route on Wild Rock's east face.


11 bolts; chain anchor.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Jay Knower sets up for the crux of Wild Thing.
Jay Knower sets up for the crux of Wild Thing.

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By Jay Knower
From: Campton, NH
Aug 9, 2007
rating: 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c

This is one of the best sport routes I have ever done. I think the name is apt as the setting feels wild, and the moves, from hard slab moves, to big throws, to weird technical moves up top, are the definition of wild. I also think this is pretty hard for 12d. Maybe it was the altitude, but the crux felt very hard, made especially so by the pump gained on the lower, steeper section. And the upper technical moves felt oh so tenuous. I'll be thinking about this one for a long time...
By Taylor Roy
From: Midvale, UT
Jun 25, 2012
rating: 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c

This route needs new hangers!!! Three or four of the hangers in steep section of this route are pulled away from the wall and severely deformed. It would also be nice if the anchors had hangers instead of chain link held to the bolt with a washer.
By Lynn S
Jun 21, 2013

2 anchor bolts and 11 protection bolts replaced. Thanks to Al Arnal for the help and ASCA for the hardware.
By Jay 1975
From: Bonedale,CO
Jul 2, 2014

.13 !? Could be I guess.
By Curt MacNeill
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 29, 2015
rating: 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c

Absolutely fantastic route! I have done a very large number of 13a's in Colorado, and this is surely up there with the best of them. Uber thug fest down low on jugs leads to a technical pull onto a face. A good rest awaits after the crux, a back stem where you can go no hands, then some cool 12b climbing to the top. Bottom reminded me of the classic Sonic Youth in Clear Creek Canyon, the top of Psychotomic at the Monastary. Bottom line, drop whatever your doing, drive to Independence Pass, and do this route. It's that good. Trust me....
By D-Storm
Jul 5, 2015

What makes this amazing route even more exhilarating is climbing above the anchor to top out the boulder! It might be a little dirty on the slopers, but, man, I don't find many routes where I can do that. What a great overall experience in one little sport route.

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