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The Thorn sits conveniently to the right, and uphill to its sister route, The Rose. This classic finger/thin hand crack climb is quite the gem that packs some very bouldery and sustained climbing into its short length.
The route begins easily enough on juggy flakes that jog up and slightly right to a vertical, thin hands section that widens slightly at its top. at the top of the crack, break left on a hard boulder problem that guards the final, short fist-sized crack.
Top out on semi-insecure moves to a slab with a tree directly in front of you. The tree is affixed with a cable anchor.
Uphill and to the right of the Rose.
Standard rack up to a #3 Camalot will suffice.
|By Derek Doucet|
Jan 25, 2011
rating: 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b
A fine variation known as the "The Prick Finish" breaks right, roughly where the original route steps left, and hand traverses along an obvious finger crack up and right to the top. .11bish, and pumpy. Very nice!
|By Colin R|
From: Ottawa, ON
May 6, 2012
rating: 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c
Tried it once when it was a little wet and it and it slapped me around like a killer whale with a baby seal. I barely made it to the anchor. Gear felt a little tricky on this one in some parts as the crack is a little hollowed out.
|By june m|
From: elmore ,vt
Aug 9, 2013
there is a new bolted anchor