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Starship Trooper

This route is located in the Middle Gorge Region at Hen's Nest


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Gold Digger 5.9+ (Trad) ***

First Ascent: Larry Day, Ed Pearsall in 1979
Length: 130ft
Gear: (report bad anchors)

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Walk 20 feet right of Starship Trooper to a crack system. Climb a short crack to a ledge and belay. Climb another short crack to an overhang and belay again to avoid rope drag. Pull the overhang and continue up the crack to another overhang and belay. Pull the bulge and belay yet again. Continue up the chimney to the summit. Walk off left or rappel.
Descent: Rap from tree-double ropes required
Stays Dry:
Owner: NFS

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Submitted by: caribe
Date: Sep 12th, 2020


Day said on October 11th, 2006
Dirty fun!
L K Day said on March 29th, 2007
This route was pretty dirty on the first ascent, but the climbing was really good until the final pitch where the rock turned to crap. If you do this last pitch, the chimney, just be extra careful, as there is no pro.
Anonymous said on December 2nd, 2008
so can you get down without having to do the top?? how long is the final chimney?
L Day said on December 4th, 2008
It's been a very long time ago that I climbed this route. I don't remember the anchors, but I'm sure it would be possible to rap from the top of pitch three. All the pitches but the last are good. The final chimney pitch is pretty short, and the climbing's not difficult, but you wouldn't want to fall into the chimney from the top. You'll be able to judge whether or not the last pitch is for you, just by looking at it. The route is worth doing, for sure.
Anonymous said on January 25th, 2021
get that money!