|Consensus:||YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]|
|Submitted By:||Aaron Hobson on Nov 17, 2006|
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By Aaron Hobson
From: Clinton, TN
Nov 17, 2006
|I dubbed this route Green Thumb due to the amount of vegetation that had to be cleared out of the off width. It was so choked with vines that it was not even clearly recognizable from below. But they came out very easily, and revealed this nice climb.|
By Marta Reece
From: Las Cruces, NM
Dec 20, 2012
Once you get established int the off-width the climbing is pretty much over if you stay there, but you can step right and continue on good rock to the regular belay.
You can continue by getting up onto the boulders leading up to the branches of the large tree. Step over to the left there and go up an easy slope to a nice ledge for belay of Pitch 2.
Pitch 3 can be done on the other side of the buttress, up a groove and then left before yet another tree. From there walk left under the head wall to a rap station on top of a large boulder. A single two-rope, 70m rappel will take you to a fourth-class terrain.
By Bill Lawry
From: New Mexico
Mar 11, 2013
The "attractive off-width" was great to find cleaned out, Aaron (referred to below simply as a V crack).
Recommend that Green Thumb be modified to include all of Route "B" as shown in this ?? which is the 1980 topo just recently contributed by climber pat. I only followed on the pitches above your current description (3/2013) but would describe all as indicated below.
P1: Lead past / around right of three roofs. At a point about 20 feet below a bush and the V crack, veer right right 10 or 15 feet and then head up shallow cracks 20 feet to a hanging belay. This belay is a few feet right of the bottom of a ~20 foot tall V-shaped crack that cleaves the above slab (don't rely on the old poot slings if there). 30 meters. 5.6.
Alternately, I believe the topo is showing a belay to the left of the bottom of the V Crack. In that case, at 30 meters one probably goes through the bush and left to a ledge-y area rather than veering right before the bush to then climb up to the hanging belay.
P2: Lead up the V crack, then step right and up into a vegetated area. Cross right onto a slab and then up roughly another 30 feet to a belay ledge. Distance? 5.6.
P3: Continue leading up the slab getting gear here and there where you can. One can set a belay out at the top of the slab for communication but eventually you'll move into the huge grassy alcove left of the big green bush at the top of the slab. Distance? 5.7.
P4: Lead directly up the major crack system. The moves just past first pro may be the crux. At the roof at the top, exit left (5.9- crux in the topo) and find a broad / tall flake at left to head up onto easier terrain.
One more easy lead gets everyone on top.
Gear: Standard rack plus double up (about 6 pieces) - in the range of 2 to 4 inches. Some hexes in this range are nice. A 4 inch cam works well at the advertised crux in the topo.