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Blue Bayou 

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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV ZA: 10 British: VD 3c [details]
FA: Patty Furbush and Todd Swain, April 1985
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Submitted By: Isaac T. on Jan 3, 2009

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Looking up Blue Bayou from the pine tree. The tree...


The left most route on this face, about 30 feet left of Blues Brothers. Start by the pine tree and go straight up the highly featured and large cam eating corner (I used 2 #1, a #2, & a #3) Not bad for a 5.4 a good route use if you are not comfortable with the sparse protection on Blues Brothers and would rather top rope it


Far left on the Hill Street Blues Right Formation. The webbing rap anchors are looking pretty sketchy (as of 1-3-09)so it would be a wise idea to bring new slings as there isn't much in the way of natural protection at the top.


Large up to 3" although you can get small gear in frequently. There is a decent crack system at the top however the most popular anchor seems to be the shrub oak at the top.

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By Will S
From: Joshua Tree
Jan 20, 2011

Good clean crack/corner climbing on fine grained rock. A rarity for something of this rating, one of the better routes of it's grade in Josh.
By Richard Shore
Nov 4, 2012

Tahquitz-style exfoliation corner gone JTree. One of the best 5.4's I've done in the park. Short but sweet.
By Bradley Gorsline
From: Pasadena, California
Mar 2, 2016

There's a piece of webbing and some static with a rap ring and a quick link on the tree as of 2-28-2016, both in decent condition, a little crunchy but not too bad.
By Kelly Corbin
Mar 31, 2016

You definitely want to aim for the pine tree on the left if you are planning on rapping off of vegetation. The picture says to use the scrub oak up and right from the tree, which would be a bad idea, in my opinion. The scrub oak is much smaller and not as intact as the pine tree.

We ended up traversing over to the bolted rap station on Blues Brothers. You can't see it from up top but it's there.

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