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Blasting Cap 

YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV ZA: 10 British: VD 3c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 35'
Original:  YDS: 5.3 French: 3+ Ewbanks: 10 UIAA: III ZA: 9 British: VD 3a [details]
FA: Chris Miller, 1989
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Submitted By: C Miller on Mar 13, 2007

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BETA PHOTO: Blasting Cap (5.3), Holcomb Valley Pinnacles


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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Rock Climbing Photo: Dave K. leading Blasting Cap (5.4), his first ever...
Dave K. leading Blasting Cap (5.4), his first ever...
Rock Climbing Photo: Nice warm up route :)
Nice warm up route :)
Rock Climbing Photo: Marc Schiffhauer, Blasting Cap, Motherlode Rock, H...
Marc Schiffhauer, Blasting Cap, Motherlode Rock, H...

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By George Wu
From: Newport Beach, CA
Aug 10, 2016

The left anchor bolt spins and should be replaced or glued.
By Chris Owen
From: Big Bear Lake
Jul 3, 2009
rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c

As a first lead, especially for climbers not used to "blank" slab - the upper section may cause pause for thought.
By RockyR
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 5 M 1c

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

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