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At the crux.
Photo by Blitzo.
Very nice start, solid, and nice moves to the top of an "arrow head" where nice climbing encounters the crack. Jam, and enjoy good gear to an awkward right bending crack. Negotiate the crack with no foot holds the right with balance, and walk the ledge. Jam through the rest of the tough climbing and finish up near a wide horizontal crack, great for anchoring. Give a weird look to your partner when they come up the climb, and complain about the awkward right bending crack. It was totaly comfortable, right? ha ha.
Standard rack to 3".
Mike Morley on lower section of Continuum. Photo: ...
BETA PHOTO: Continuum (5.8+) runs the the right leaning dogleg...
Jared from Dallas starting up Continuum.
60 year old, Phil Bircheff having fun on "Continuu...
Sep 29, 2003
Good pro from the start. The start involves face climbing on big holds to gain the right angling crack. The crack is hand size and varies a bit. It's a bit awkward to climb and reminds me of Illusion Dweller only easier. This route get shade in the afternoon.
Fun moves, good rock.
A few sustained sections
From: Westminster, CO
Oct 1, 2003
My son and I did an interesting (At least to us) alternative on this route. On a top rope we did the first few moves up to and above the turn to the right, then went straight up where it thins out quite a bit. Using an undercling on the flake left of the crack and planting feet on small edges, do another move on the flake area then ease over to the left crack and work your way up. It was fun after doing the route as was originally set.
|By Woody Stark|
Mar 16, 2005
I warmed up on this today before leading Invisibilty Lessons. I should have reversed it.
|By Bo Johnston|
Oct 18, 2006
The book says that Future Games Rock is 1 mile from the parking lot. Not true, it is .4 miles. Oh, and the climb is great but quite a bit harder than Invisibility Lessons and I would agree that reversing these two climbs for warm-up practices would be wise.
|By Will S|
From: Joshua Tree
Nov 21, 2006
Rating is accurate IMO, as long as you asssume the "+" means awkward. The anchor will take #3 camalots (a 3.5 would be better), as well as a small TCU (yellow or blue) and a hand sized cam. Route takes good gear at just about any spot. Small/med stoppers and a few 1.5"-3" cams should be plenty. People say this is harder than Invisibility Lessons, I disagree...it is more awkward but less strenous. BPJ is right, this is nowhere near a mile from the parking, it's about a 3 minute easy stroll.
|By susan peplow|
From: Joshua Tree
Feb 23, 2007
This route might actually be harder than Invisibility Lessons. Leany and a bit awkward but a must do for the area.
|By Adam Catalano|
From: Albany, New York
Apr 16, 2007
Had no problem with other 5.8s and 5.9s in the park this week, but WHAT THE HECK. This thing was such an awkward lead for me. I admit, I'm not proficient at angling crack climbs. Ate quite a bit of humble pie, as it took me about four or five hangs to get up this. Felt like I was just draging my legs up through that right hand turn.
Led Invisibility Lessons next...easily. Huh?
From: Westminster, CO
Jun 9, 2007
"This route might actually be harder than Invisibility Lessons"...
From: Oakland, CA
Mar 6, 2008
Not sure whether it's harder than Invisibility Lessons or not, but it is most definitely better. Continuum is a great line with fun moves.
From: San Diego, CA
Mar 24, 2008
I led this after following Invisibility Lessons. I felt this climb was easier as opposed to other posters and also my partner. It was an awesome way to end a great trip. This climb met my expectations of being challenging yet comfortable for my level. The protection is great and the angle allows for less strenuous climbing than its neighbor. Each move was enjoyable bottom to top and I will be back for more.
From: Sherman oaks, ca
Mar 18, 2011
I thought this was a great line. A little of everything. The first 15 feet looks harder than it is, but hanging around to get in a piece could be strenuous and actually make falling here more likely. I felt safer climbing directly to the top of the big flake, huge stance, and then you can throw in as much gear as you want. Yes the top section is awkward, however, there are some sinker jams and great pro. This is 5.8 because it's been 5.8 forever, but it's the hardest 5.8 that I've done in the park (kind of like Double Cross being 5.7 (?)).
Still, I felt it was slightly easier than Invis Lessons.
Another great 5.8 that feels like a 5.9 is Gem, do it!
|By Julian Sutter|
Apr 11, 2011
I don't know if the difficulty of this can be compared to invisibility lessons fairly, as they are very different climbs. This climb was awkward and a bit thrutchy at times. The hand jams were solid through the middle, but the feet were not. And when feet rocked the hands were thing. The only part that seemed harder than 5.8 may have been the last bit (from the ledge up).
Invisibility lesson was a very delicate climb imo, and a LOT more heady. Easier moves, but didn't afford as much desperateness
Apr 19, 2011
Wtf is up with the first few moves of this climb! Although I followed it when I was way sick. Shouldn't have climbed that day...