McRae Williams The Right Pile 5.11d Big Cottonwo...
One of BCC's best fitness routes, and a great intro to steep climbing. Many a climber's first 5.11d. The rock isn't the best, but for a quick pump it's hard to beat. Better early before the sun and late when the sun is to the west. Often twenty degrees cooler than the S-Curves.
The Fixe sport anchors at the top of this route were dangerously worn through (half-way, in fact.) They were replaced by Mike White of the ASCA, www.safeclimbing.org, around October 2007.
Unfortunately, at that point I'd never been up Left Pile and didn't know those anchors were just as bad. That's the project for this spring, so I'll see if I can ropegun for Mike again and get him up there to replace those.
This is an amazing route with very powerful and steep climbing. I fired the crux and then fell at the third bolt. I fell twice more between there and the chains working out the beta. I'll be back soon for the redpoint.
By WasatchChic From: Salt Lake, Utah Aug 6, 2008 rating: 5.11d7a24VIII25E5 6a
One of the best 11's in Big Cottonwood. For shorter folks (I'm 5 ft 4 in) try two heel/toe cams for the crux.
By mattjbudd From: West Valley, UT May 21, 2010 rating: 5.12a7a+25VIII+25E5 6a
Here's a video of Right Pile. Excuse the music and horrible camera angle. What a stinkin' pump fest. Great route though!!
i wish i had a dollar for every time someone called this route, "pumpy". but yeah, this route is super pumpy.
By Erik S. Gillis From: Salt Lake City, Utah May 15, 2013 rating: 5.11d7a24VIII25E5 6a
Fun one! I have tried the crux both ways, going right and straight up. In my opinon going straight up is 11d according to BCC standards, going left softens the grade a bit. Either way its a fight to the finish.
By split161 Sep 5, 2013 rating: 5.11d7a24VIII25E5 6a
great route...the fixie anchors at the top look really worn...probably should think about replacing soon?