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If you've led Bear Hunt and want to keep climbing, Gift Certificate is a great choice. Long and excitingly exposed, this route offers nice friction, decent protection and some moves that will make you stop and think.
Starting just right of a sharp-edged boulder leaning against the cliff, move up the rounded face to steeper ground. Follow the path of least resistance over a bulge and continue up the line of bolts and strategic gear placements to the top, enjoying a panoramic view of the valley below.
NOTE: The guidebook erroneously reports this as a 120' route; it's closer to 200', so double ropes (or trailing a second rope) are mandatory to rap the route. A single-rope rap will get you back to the ground from the Bear Hunt ledge.
Starts on the ledge at the top of Bear Hunt where a boulder leans against the slabby cliff; a line of bolts is visible above.
Mixed; 5-6 bolts, but there's enough runout between them that a light rack (small to medium cams and nuts) is necessary. Double-rope rap from a tree with slings and rap rings.
BETA PHOTO: Onsight of Gift Certificate
View towards Hanging Chain Wall.
BETA PHOTO: Start of the climb
|Comments on Gift Certificate
|By Sam Stephens|
Mar 24, 2011
As of 3/23 there's a purple TCU stuck on this pitch. Tried to get it out but no luck.
From: Raleigh, NC
Nov 7, 2011
TCU is still there. That thing ain't going anywhere. This is a fun climb, combined with Bear Hunt or Bear Cub makes a nice warmup for the harder stuff in this area.
May 4, 2012
You could do this as just a sport route (like I did. I was already committed.) but DON'T. The bolts are super runout especially towards the top. Amazing view! And TCU is still there as of yesterday.
May 4, 2012
Also it's somewhere between 120 (guidebook) and 180 feet (here). It's closer to 150 +/- 10 feet. Still need a second rope however.
|By Joe Virtanen|
From: Asheville, NC
Mar 17, 2013
A 70 will get down if you rap to climber's left where the ground is slightly closer (bottom of The Gift).