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Blood on the Thistle

This route is located in the Miller Fork at Highlands

Haggis Nugget

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Nessie 5.12c (Sport) ****

First Ascent: Ray Ellington in 2013
Length: 80ft
Bolts: 9 (report bad bolts/anchors)

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Another gut busting roof start puts you onto high quality steep and sustained climbing with a couple of tough deadpoints. A steep start leads to a big undercling move to gain a good horizontal ledge in the roof. Traverse the ledge then reach over the lip for a decent hold to gain the face. Race up on edges and sloping pinches then make a launch to a crimp when the holds fizzle. Consistent crimping takes you to an upper crux where you can go big and dynamic or tiny and static depending on your taste.
Moves: Bouldery
Descent: Chains
Stays Dry: Downpour
Owner: RRGCC

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Submitted by: ray
Date: Dec 10th, 2013

Submitted by: climb2core
Date: Dec 10th, 2013

Submitted by: climb2core
Date: Dec 10th, 2013


climb2core said on December 10th, 2013
Ray's route description doesn't do this route justice. The movement is some of the most fun I have had on a rope. Mandatory cut feet (Art might like this one) to overhead heel hooking leads to a very unique and fun roof pull. The headwall throws some sloper pinches, an awesome dead point, and then has a final crux guarding the chains. Thanks Ray, this one is bad ass!
pigsteak said on December 10th, 2013
This one is a must do in the area....