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Diamond of San Diego 

YDS: 5.11d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

   
Type:  Sport, 5 pitches, 450'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Randy Leavitt et al? Early 2000s
Season: Fall through Spring
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Submitted By: mschlocker on Nov 24, 2011

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Description 

Varied sport climbing up the center of El Cajon Mountain. A mix of easy and difficult pitches separated by comfy ledges.

Pitch 1 (5.9): A short pitch that starts on a right facing wall.
Pitch 2 (11a): Known as "The Box Pitch", this pitch begins with a tough mantle and continues to be quite powerful. Tough for the grade.
Pitch 3 (10b): Leads to the right side of Command Center Ledge.
Pitch 4 (10b): Climb classic the arete of the "Center Block" on positive holds. The view from here is amazing. You can stop at the top of the Center Block (5.9) or continue up (10b).
Pitch 5 (11d): Straight up on a classic ECM headwall pitch.


Location 

Center of ECM El Cap Wall. Start on a right facing wall.


Protection 

Bolts.



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Diamond of San Diego, Pitch 3 start.  I accessed this by traversing to the right from easier climbing.  It's a thin and thought-provoking pitch.
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By mschlocker
From: San Diego, CA
Nov 24, 2011

Pitches 2 and 5 are serious pitches. A fun intro to the center area of ECM is the following:

1 (5.9): Diamond of San Diego.
2 (10a): Thunder (walk left on not so grassy ledge a bit).
3 (5.10b): Diamond of San Diego, Center Block. Far right of Command Center Ledge. 5.9 If you stop on top of the block.

Pitches 3 and 5 of Diamond may or may not have bolts in place right now.

By Joseph Lascurain
From: Salt Lake City, Utah
Dec 14, 2011

Any recommendations for alternatives to pitches 3 & 5 if they are down. CH's guide makes it look like you could do Pie in the Sky for pitch 5. And if that is chopped, you could bring gear and finish on center direct. What about pitch 3?

Joseph

By mschlocker
From: San Diego, CA
Dec 19, 2011

See above, that is what I usually do. I have recently finished on Tears of Envy with brings you out left a bit and it gets you high up.

By T.J. Esposito
From: San Diego, CA
Feb 11, 2012

P2 is freakin hard, assuming it includes moving over and left of the roof, then up over the thin face. I followed it and probably would have freaked out had I been on lead. Harder than 11b/c's at Riverside, that's for sure.

By Ben May
From: Escondido, CA
May 7, 2012

Not what I wanted to hear, TJ! hahaha ...you think you might try it again?

By mschlocker
From: San Diego, CA
May 8, 2012

P2 is one of the few leads I have backed off of in my climbing career. I have TRd it since and am glad I backed off. 11a is from the guidebook but for me it felt much harder.

By T.J. Esposito
From: San Diego, CA
Jun 13, 2012

Ben, it wasn't really my style enough to want to put in the effort... prob not anytime soon. Mark, glad I wasn't the only one. I don't think I could have pulled to the anchors on lead, assuming I would even have made it that far!

By Josh Higgins
Nov 25, 2012

I just climbed the first two pitches before bailing due to a sick partner. Pitch 2 is serious, as stated above. There is a lot of 11a (or harder?) on it, and a lot of bad fall potential until you have the 3rd bolt clipped. I think it is very possible to hit the ledge below if you made a mistake in the wrong place. The 3rd pitch appeared to be fully bolted, and fantastic. I look forward to going back and seeing what the upper three pitches are all about.

By tom donnelly
Mar 14, 2013

P2 is a good one to follow Bob H !

By Sqmot
From: San Diego
Oct 19, 2013

Excellent Climb for anyone climbing hard 10s & easy 11s; and wanting to improve on fantastic rock.
P1 is very short and easy warm up,
P2 is the money time for sure. Followed it going left of the roof, however some of my friends went diagonally right for a few moves and said it felt easier. Definitely a sustained, pumpy section follows (11+ in my opinion)
P3 & P4 are perfect ECM style decompression pitches, very nice 10b
P5 is great but harder as well. Highly recommend trying toping out on Tears of Envy 11b, sustained, with a couple rests, but easier than P2, one of the best easy 11 in SD county
cheers!