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Coffin Nail 

YDS: 5.7+ French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ British: MVS 4b

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- British: HVS 4c [details]
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Submitted By: Roger Linfield on Feb 24, 2006
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BETA PHOTO: A good view of P.2. climb Solid on this one and ye...


This large, clean, right-facing dihedral is to the left of the start to Traitor Horn, and just left of On the Road. Pitch 1 starts with third class scrambling, followed by 5.3 crack climbing. The long second pitch has strenuous hand jamming near the start, an easy finger crack above, and then a crux move over an overhang. The climb finishes on Jensenís Jaunt.


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Standing over the roof on Coffin Nail. Belay from the alcove after the "traitor" horn and before the real horn.
Standing over the roof on Coffin Nail. Belay from ...
The start of Coffin Nail after the easy 5.2 scramble to a tree.
BETA PHOTO: The start of Coffin Nail after the easy 5.2 scramb...
Route overview. First half is 4th class and chimney system below the red line; second half is the crack to the left of the red line.
BETA PHOTO: Route overview. First half is 4th class and chimne...
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By The Gray Tradster
Feb 25, 2006

The best way to approach Traitor Horn or Pearly Gates

By Christian "crisco" Burrell
From: PG, Utah
Aug 14, 2007

Climbed outside the wide gully at the beginning. On the face to the left I actually found a few new bolts (is this some 'new' route?), that although runout, were really easy to follow. I was able to rejoin the crack right when it steepens and becomes tight hands for a few moves. I thought the the roof jam crack at the top was fantastic! Used this route to approach "Traitor Horn."

By tony grice
Aug 28, 2007

The best 5.8 crack on Tahquitz. A must do. Hey crisco I think you were on the arete moves on P.1 of El Camino real.

By ACassebeer
From: Mojave, CA
Aug 25, 2009

Well-protected crux on clean rock. This would be a good first 5.8 lead at Tahquitz.

By Justin Tomlinson
From: Monrovia, CA
Aug 8, 2011

I found the hardest climbing to be near the start of the crack. The lieback dihedral/roof section proved to be very fun and quite solid hands/protection. I agree, a great first 5.8 lead.

By Tradoholic
Jan 14, 2012
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c

A classic second pitch. We linked this with Traitor Horn for full value. With a 70m rope I belayed for the 2nd pitch after the first traverse past the "traitor" horn. With long runners rope drag can be avoided easily.

For clarification:
Pitch One: Easy 5.3 to an alcove with a tree.
Pitch Two: 5.8 crack with a nice to hands rest on the left before committing to a nice layback to a good roof pull. Complete the first traverse under the "Traitor Horn" to a belay if linking to the "Traitor Horn" route. 70m rope might be required for this.
Pitch Three: Up the corner a bit from the belay, then traverse right to clip a pin then figure out how to mount the horn. Don't blow the moves onto the horn or you will find your self with a ugly fall. Once standing on the horn. Move over the lip and belay 30ft higher in a wide crack.
Pitch Four: Up and right for a nice friction pitch. Standard friction descent from there.

By The Ruin-er
From: CA
Apr 8, 2012
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c

did this into traitor horn today, its amazing and 5.8