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Big Train 

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

   
Type:  Sport, 50'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.13a French: 7c+ Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: IX+ ZA: 29 British: E6 6c [details]
FA: Greg Parker
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Submitted By: Greg Parker on Oct 23, 2006

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Allison Coin tastin it on the train

Description 

Small, small, small pockets up the black streak. Tough right off the ground and continuously difficult for 5 bolts. The climbing is not too powerful, but it requires a lot of tenacity. The redpoint crux going to the 4th bolt is a bit of an eye-opener the first time you try it (I have to pull off of those?). Finishes on easier terrain ~ 5.9.
I got the FA of this route kind of unexpectedly.... "I'll just go up and try the moves"......


Protection 

7 bolts, open cold shut anchors.


Photos of Big Train Slideshow Add Photo
Me pulling into the mono crux of Big Train. The holds are really small here....
Me pulling into the mono crux of Big Train. The ho...
Mr. Terveen Sizing up the finish <br />all these shots have a whack photo angle <br />meaning draw should be vertical.
Mr. Terveen Sizing up the finish
all these shots h...
Lee Terveen on Big Train
Lee Terveen on Big Train
Big train again
Big train again
Me starting up Big Train a long time ago. The moves are hard right off the ground.
Me starting up Big Train a long time ago. The move...
Jason mcnabb reminding me to do pull ups? <br />thanks pete nate greg  <br />mikes and lee for all the routes,  <br />standards and inspiration, nabb too
Jason mcnabb reminding me to do pull ups?
thanks p...
Jason mcnabb on  <br />bigtrain
Jason mcnabb on
bigtrain

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By Miah
Dec 23, 2006

This route is rad! One of my favorite routes to date. Where else do you get to match hand and foot while hanging off a mono? The Canyon rules! Rifle Sucks!
By Miah
Jan 3, 2007

Greg, how many ascents has Big Train seen? Blake ever get back on it?
By Greg Parker
Administrator
Jan 5, 2007

How many ascents? Let's see....
From what I know, there was me, Christian, Nate, Dale, you, Scott Hahn, and Lee T. So maybe 7? I don't think Blake got back on it, and I'm not sure if any out-of-towners have done it. Usually I get word if anybody does any hard routes in Spearfish (only because I bug people for any new spray).
If anyone else has done it, speak up. Now is your time to shine!
By Miah
Jan 6, 2007

I think Curt Luv has done it as well. It sounds like it's seen a lot of action. That's awesome, it makes me all warm inside.
By Greg Parker
Administrator
Jan 6, 2007

I think you're right. Sorry Curt for not giving you your props. This route probably has seen more ascents than any other 13a in the canyon. Flight may be close (7-9 ascents?). It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy too.
By jamison coin
Apr 12, 2012

The Train has been seeing a lot of action lately. Allison Coin recently snagged what might be the first female ascent (??)
By Greg Parker
Administrator
Apr 12, 2012

Nice job Allison!! As far as I know, it could be the FFA. The only other woman that I can think of that may have done it is Alli Rainey, but I don't remember ever hearing about it....