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Wrath of the Talus Monster 

YDS: 5.10- French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.10- French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: A. Mollard, R. Suggett, 7/2015
New Route: Yes
Season: Morning sun, afternoon shade
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Submitted By: Boissal on Aug 2, 2015

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WOTTM in yellow, harder (and now fully bolted) var...


Start by a patch of thorny shrubbery with easy moves on positive edges to gain the first bolt (a #2 would keep you off the deck if the unthinkable happened before clipping). Continue pulling big moves on small incuts, eventually hitting the arête below a blank patch of the face. Escape left around the corner to a finger crack and tiptoe up a slightly hollow flake using finger-size pieces for pro (make sure to use long runners) until you can reach the apex of the arête. Shuffle right below the roof on non-existent feet, aiming for a last bolt which appears completely off route to the right (rock quality dictated this placement). Pull a thuggy move to get above the roof and wander to the anchor via a wide hand crack.

A harder variation shoots straight up the face between the 2nd and 3rd bolt, avoiding the arête via a tricky sequence of hard moves on really small crimps. It meets up with the original line at the top of the arête and feels about 11c/+.

(edit: the direct line was done on lead and apparently goes at 11b. Guess I can't climb. I still feel that avoiding the arête may keep the grade at 11+)


WOTTM is the first line you'll see after coming down the fixed line into Pandora. Looks on the tower to your right for a clean concave face with a number of short crack features.


5 bolts, a couple of finger-size pieces and a hand-size piece (#3) for the original line. Skip the small stuff and add one draw for the direct line.
Mandatory long runners for the small gear (consider a runner + a draw) as well as the last 2 bolts.
Chain anchor at the top.

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By Boissal
From: Small Lake, UT
Aug 2, 2015

After countless hours running around the Jungle's loathsome choss fields with reckless abandon, I finally awoke the resident Talus Monster. The struggle was short and brutal and ironically seems to have cost me my right talus bone. Watch yourself up there, the ground isn't exactly a model of stability...
By bus driver
Aug 2, 2015

I hope your talus bone heals quickly
By Roy Suggett
Aug 3, 2015

It is hard to determine if the stress fracture of the metatarsal was from the talus or the weight of Alexis's pack which had quite the display of paraphernalia including a painting station, enough bolts and hangers to spray the side of Half Dome, two sandwiches (some of that was later eaten by a small dog), hammers, chains, etc. None the less, this is a great line! Thanks Alexis (who also is not the model of stability...but a hell of a great guy).

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