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American Wall

This route is located in the Northern Gorge Region at Fortress Wall

Thunder Chicken

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Hollywood Boulevard 5.11a (Trad) ****

First Ascent: Jack Dickey, Ron Snider in 1984
Length: 90ft
Gear: (report bad anchors)

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This route is located on the upper ledge above American Wall. Look for a right-facing dihedral that runs into a huge roof. Climb the dihedral to the roof then undercling and crimp your way out to a belay on a ledge. The second pitch climbs out the overhang from the belay through some chossy rock to gigantic jugs and heel-hooks. Take this to the top.
Moves: Crimps or Edges
Descent: Rap from tree
Stays Dry: Downpour
Owner: NFS

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bberlier said on May 9th, 2003
I followed the first pitch clean and led the second. Need to go back and lead first pitch.
SCIN said on September 13th, 2004
The second pitch is short but pretty cool and exposed.
Jrodan said on March 28th, 2006
I think I did the wrong second pitch. I traversed right on the ledge and topped out. I saw the tree with anchors about fifty feet to my right, so I had to get back on the ledge and traverse over to it. It didn't seem like the logical end of the route and it doesn't really correspond with the description. Does the last pitch go straight up from the anchors?
SCIN said on March 28th, 2006
You climb straight out from the end of the first pitch through a steep section on questionable holds.
Anonymous said on October 27th, 2020
I have no idea on what planet this climb is 11a. I'd say first pitch 11b face climbing, well protected on solid enough placements. Second pitch felt like it would be 11c in the gunks. Sure it's massive jugs, but the reaches are colossal. Add to that the significant choss factor to most pitch 2 placements, and you have quite an exciting experience -- would recommend.