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Cheating Reality 

YDS: 5.14a French: 8b+ Ewbanks: 32 UIAA: X+ ZA: 32 British: E8 7a R

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.14a French: 8b+ Ewbanks: 32 UIAA: X+ ZA: 32 British: E8 7a [details]
FA: Matt Wilder
New Route: Yes
Season: late summer, fall (seasonal closures)
Page Views: 3,196
Submitted By: bhoran on Oct 26, 2009

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The North/West face of Devil's Thumb from Shadow C...

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  • Description 

    Continuous steep and technical free climbing throughout. Crux in upper steep, overhung, headwall involving sloper, crimp, iron-cross move, similar to V10 bouldering. This climbs through and past the old aide line known as "Hangnail" (Copeland, circa 1983).


    Located on the north face of the Devil's Thumb, hike up via Shadow Canyon trail and ascend talus field to saddle. Respect seasonal wildlife closures. These are posted. From a point on the northwest corner, climb up to left-leaning, obtuse corner system, then up steep, (crux) headwall.


    Marginal gear, first free ascent avoided fixed gear from old aid route.

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    By Toby Butterfield
    From: Portland, OR
    Jul 17, 2011

    The movie Core (2010) has footage of Matt's first ascent of this line. Pretty amazing looking.
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