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Blasting Cap 

YDS: 5.3 French: 3+ Ewbanks: 10 UIAA: III British: VD 3a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 35'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV British: VD 3c [details]
FA: Chris Miller, 1989
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Submitted By: C Miller on Mar 13, 2007
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Nice warm up route :)


Climb the featured, low angle slab past four bolts to anchors at the top of the face. Orignally done without bolts, it was later bolted to make a well-protected climb for beginning climbers.


This, the left of two routes on the narrow south face, is located just right of a right-facing dihedral system (a downclimb for the formation) and just left of Wildrose.


4 bolts, chain anchor

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Marc Schiffhauer, Blasting Cap, Motherlode Rock, Holcomb Valley Pinnacles, CA
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Dave K. leading Blasting Cap (5.4), his first ever lead.
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Blasting Cap (5.3), Holcomb Valley Pinnacles
BETA PHOTO: Blasting Cap (5.3), Holcomb Valley Pinnacles
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By Chris Owen
From: La Crescenta and Big Bear Lake
Jul 3, 2009
rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c

As a first lead, especially for climbers not used to "blank" slab - the upper section may cause pause for thought.

By Eddie Miro
From: Chico, CA
May 5, 2011
rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c

This was definitely a 5.4 Maybe if you start from below and to the right of the big block at the beginning and head up the arete a bit it could be harder. If you start directly below the bolt line, which has you go right up to the left of the big block, it's not hard.

By Raquel ROCKY Robles
From: Encinitas, CA
Jul 16, 2011

Another fun lead climb. Great way to practice footwork on slabs. ~~ROCKY~~

By Jeff Scofield
From: Yorba Linda, CA
May 13, 2012

Perfect climb for younger kids and first time climbers who are scared of heights.

By Adam Stackhouse
May 14, 2013
rating: Easy 5th 1+ 3 I M 1c

Fun clip-up for the dad first and then the family on TR. Why not?