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Beginnings 

YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a

   
Type:  Trad
Consensus:  YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a [details]
FA: Unknown
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Submitted By: Matthew Fienup on Mar 16, 2006

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Description 

Like "the Ladder" at Gibraltar, this is not the most flattering name. Yet, it's an outstanding route--steep and sustained, absolutely wild considering the modest grade.

Walk off left down the class 4 gully or right down a trail and easy slabs.


Protection 

Pro .5" to 3"

The pro is much trickier to place than nearby routes like Pipe Cleaner and the first pitch of Ending Crack. Thus, its not an ideal beginner's lead.

Medium gear and sling around a large boulder form the anchor on top. Long anchor cord needed to top-rope.



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Paul Wellman driving blind on "Beginnings" at Potrero John.
Paul Wellman driving blind on "Beginnings" at Potr...
A view up the undulating crack of "Beginnings."  As you can see, it is possible to sew the crack up with gear; however, much of the gear is fiddly and hard to place. <br /> <br />The face to the right of Beginnings is a fun top-rope and goes at 5.8-5.10 depending on your path.
BETA PHOTO: A view up the undulating crack of "Beginnings." A...
Carlo Rivas (age 11) on Beginnings, PJ Slab, California. On toprope.
Carlo Rivas (age 11) on Beginnings, PJ Slab, Calif...
Mitchell Boring (age 11) having a go at the Beginnings crack with Carlo Rivas (age 11) on the break. <br />
Mitchell Boring (age 11) having a go at the Beginn...
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By Matthew Fienup
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From: Ventura, CA
Apr 23, 2007

The face to the right of "Beginnings" is a fun top-rope and goes at 5.8-5.10 depending upon the path that you choose.

By Davi Rivas
From: Ventura, CA
Feb 4, 2010

I build a nice TR anchor over Beginnings for my 11 year old and his pals, fun climbing. The face to the right of Beginnings has some intresting moves down low, also fun. These routes are detached from the main PJ Slab making it a good place to take kids or nOObs.
davi.