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Big Eagle Feather 

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

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c [details]
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Submitted By: MTKirk on Jan 27, 2013

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Description 

Amazing splitter crack! (topped by 15' of junk) Start by pulling a roof on thin hands, cruise up the easier thin hands section on good poddy feet, place some good cams, take a deep breath, and blast through a right leaning section of rattly fingers with imaginary footholds. Then try not to fall before clipping a draw into one of the pieces of mank that passes for a mid anchor (or better yet hang a second rope down from the excellent anchors at the top of the cliff). An amazing climb with great protection. I highly recommend going for the onsight. In the likely event you fall, it will be on good gear with a clean fall zone. The climb has a category 4 walk up/down 30' to climbers left.

Location 

Look for an amazing splitter in a lone buttress of sandstone. It's on your left as you hike up the jeep trail from the parking lot. Location 45.81161,-108.686176.

Protection 

Camalots from #2 down to .4, heavy on the 1 to .5 range. Has an Excellent top anchor (but mortal people can't lead to it) and a sketchy looking mid anchor (I don't use this). You can lower off your last piece & clean it later on rap from the top, or hang a second rope down in the first place.


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By Nick Stayner
From: Billings, MT
Oct 27, 2013

What a fantastic crack climb! I didn't place a #2, 1s to .75s to .5s (2-3 of each would really sew it up). You could place something smaller near the midway anchor, but if you're like me you are probably redlining at this point, so maybe best to just gun it!

Seemed a little hard for .11b compared to Indian Creek climbs of similar sizes. On a later TR I did a quasi-lieback through the purple camalot section at the top which made it feel more like solid .11, but straight-in jamming thru it felt more like a .11+ type of challenge.
By MTKirk
From: Billings, MT
Nov 20, 2013

Agreed, this has harder moves than any 11 I've been on at the Creek. On the other hand it's pretty darn short. Joel has this as 11b in his guidebook & that's where I got the rating. I'd say ratings in Billings are more in line with those at Devils Tower & a little harder than those at the Creek.