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YDS: 5.12b/c French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: IX- British: E6 6b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 55'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12b/c French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: IX- British: E6 6b [details]
FA: FA: Jim Bridwell, Mike Kilmer 2/65, FFA: David Rubine, Tom Davis, Kelly Rich 10/88
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Submitted By: Ian Walters on Jan 1, 2009
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This is an old aid line that starts up the chossy crack left of The Verdict, and then traverses a seam across the overhanging, bolt protected wall in a series of beautiful, strenuous moves on excellent stone.
The hardest move involves reaching a softball-sized hueco midway across the face, though the extremely sustained and technical nature of the bolted sequence is the real crux.


Thin-Medium friends for the "approach" crack, then good bolts. Shares an anchor with The Verdict. One antiquated bolt is still left from an early ascent.

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By Mike Kilmer
From: Newark, CA
Mar 5, 2010

A little tidbit for you all. When you climb this realize that the original first accent was done "BOLT FREE". Knife blades and Rurps ect., which had just been manufactured were used. Free climbing where ever possible as, after clearing each setting, the pitons fell out behind the first climber (Mike Kilmer). The second climber used a few, and reset others and had to handwalk the remaining portion of the climb, that being Jim Bridwell, from above belay. The cracks disenigrated. The naming of "The Trial" was contrived because, the death verdict was eminent if a fall was to take place, for lack of any protection from the belay down below. Seems as tho it has hence become a bolt ridden route.

By Keith Forest
Nov 25, 2011

Mike for what's worth, the 1st ascentionists led the route route ground up, on sight, placing bolts from sky hooks, pulling the rope after every bolt was placed, and "re-leading" from the ground every time to the next bolt placement. It was in this style that the route was finally established as a free climb.