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YDS: 5.12a/b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6a

Type:  Sport, 45'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6b [details]
FA: Dave Groth (1999)
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Submitted By: TravisMelin on Feb 6, 2006

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Easy 5.10 climbing leads to a rest ledge at the second bolt. Take a good rest cause its business from here to the top. Progressively more difficult pulls lead you through a hueco to some excellent crystal pockets and finally to easier terrain at the top. Dont let this fool you though, most everyone falls from indecision just past the last bolt. Many equally magninal feet and crimps will surely have you wondering....what was the sequence again?

Originally graded 5.12d this route has seen a lot of change due to weathering, general use, and perhaps "aggressive cleaning", making past difficult moves far easier. Nowadays this is one of the first .12's done by Lax locals.


6 bolts

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into the business!
into the business!
Pocket Pulling on Nihilist
Pocket Pulling on Nihilist
Roberto de la Riva pulling the crux on Nihilist
Roberto de la Riva pulling the crux on Nihilist
opening moves before rest ledge.
opening moves before rest ledge.

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By David A Groth
From: Lacrosse
Nov 15, 2006

Nihilist has 6 bolts and should be given 3 stars for the area.FA Dave Groth ca 1999. The top has a good boulder problem on finger pockets.
By Remo
From: Madison, WI
May 3, 2007
rating: 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b

Dave is right, this is a great route. The pockets are excellent and very bouldery.
By Remo
From: Madison, WI
Sep 29, 2008
rating: 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b

Yeah this route feels much easier these days. Still an Excellent route.
By Bingman
From: Denver, CO
Oct 10, 2008
rating: 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b

Did some holds break or get bigger on this route?? This used to be the hardest route on the wall for me. 12a/b?? That Travis guy is just Mr. Sandbag these days - what a jerk.
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