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Thin Air

 
Thin Air

Page Type: Route

Location: New Hampshire, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 44.06000°N / 71.17°W

Object Title: Thin Air

Route Type: multi pitch rock climb

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: 5.6

Route Quality: 
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Page By: AlexeyD

Created/Edited: Mar 3, 2003 / Mar 3, 2003

Object ID: 157786

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Approach


Park at the turn of the approach road; walk into the woods (you will see a sign that says "thin air trail". Approach for about 5-10 minutes, climbing steeply left along the base of the wall until you clearly see a two-bolt anchor and a flake leading to it beginning about halfway up; this is the beginning of the route.

Route Description


Thin Air is a classic route at Cathedral and on weekends expect to wait in line.

Pitch 1: Begin either straight up (5.5) or left (5.3) up to a ledge, following it right for a few meters. Continue straight up a flake system with angular blocks (5.5) to a two-bolt anchor. About 50 feet.

pitch 2: (can and probably should be combined with p1 unless the second belay is taken). Traverse right from the anchor along a natural weakness, clipping 3 fixed pins along the way. One slightly tricky 5.6 move is the psychological crux of for many people. Belay at another bolt anchor. About 70 feet.

Pitch 3: up slabs with decent holds to a beatiful flake, following it into a short chimney with a tree somehow growing in the middle (talk about BOMBER pro); exit the chimney on the right onto a great ledge and belay at another bolt anchor. (5.5, 70 feet) I spent 4 hours here one time as a "fixed" belayer for a kids' climbing group and loved every minute of it.

pitch 4: the longest and in my opinion the best pitch of the route. Straight up the crack system from the belay on good holds until you reach a small overhang (fixed pin). Slightly left and layback up a flake (crux; 5.6), across a ledge and then slightly rigth again until you reach trees; belay at tree anchor with slings. 130 feet.

pitch 5: short scrample up roots and dirt to the large ledge from which you can walk off, or if you're looking for a challenge you could try the rather smooth slab to the right (runout) which is about 5.8, but this isn't really part of the route. About 50 feet.

Essential Gear


Normal rack. All kinds of protection exists here but it is all very good.

Miscellaneous Info


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Additions and Corrections

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syncRoute Comment

sync

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At least as of May 2004, the fixed pins on pitch 2 have been chopped.
Posted Aug 19, 2004 10:49 am
AlexeyDRoute Comment

AlexeyD

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in addition to the above mentioned changes, there are a few more to be noted. First, the old 2-bong belay at the end of the pitch-2 traverse has been replaced by a new 2-bolt anchor. Second, the bolts at the belay after the third (chimney) pitch are apparently gone - keep that in mind in case you plan to bail from there. Third, the big flake on pitch 4 that used to be part of crux move is gone...it had come loose and was pushed down by a local guide. The move isn't any harder but a little different.
Posted Oct 13, 2004 11:50 am
splewisThin Air clarification

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The fixed anchor at the top of P.1 consists of two (very solid)fixed bongs, not bolts. The protection bolts (not pins) on the traversing second pitch have been removed (good gear protection) You can build a solid gear anchor at the top of P.3.
Posted Sep 29, 2009 11:09 am

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Thin air: Mel on second pitchCleaning gear on Thin AirOn the traversing pitch