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YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ British: E5 6a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ British: E5 6a [details]
FA: John Steiger, Sept. 25, 2010
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Submitted By: John Steiger on Nov 23, 2010
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BETA PHOTO: Chip riding Nimbus.


This wild ride maybe is a tad better than Red Gorilla just to the right; although it has some lower-quality rock down low, the choss is more than offset by its outrageously exposed gymnastic climbing. Scramble up easy rock (same start as for Red Gorilla), then diagonal left and up past four bolts to the aręte. Continue on easier ground past another bolt (shared with Creaking Plank) to the Red Gorilla chains. See the photo-topo on the Orbital Decay page.

For those who might have investigated Nimbus prior to June 2012, the line has been “straightened out,” two bolts added, and cleaned, again.


Follow the approach for Red Gorilla.


Six draws, plus two for the chains.

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By Spencer Weiler
From: SLC, UT
Jun 14, 2013

Once you find the hidden buckets the route is pretty straightforward and appropriately graded, but when you're up there slapping at slopey sidepulls and pinches on your onsight attempt, it feels desperate. Tick marks anyone?