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Dry December 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 150'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: F.A Bo Johnston, Anthony Bilotti (1990) F.F.A Chad Suchoski (2006)
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Salamanizer on Oct 10, 2006

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BETA PHOTO: Bolts and chains at the belay anchor as of 2/16/12

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This route starts about 40 ft to the left of the Pillar and goes between a break in the canopy of two trees, then up the steep central face of the Pagoda. There are anchors at 100 ft but the route continues to the top and can easily be done in one pitch. Pockets, crimps, mantles and route finding is the name of the game on this one. Going strait up is not always the easiest way to the next bolt. You can easily make this route much harder than the grade. The crux comes just off the belay anchors on the second pitch. A few moves later and you're back in the more moderate range. The first pitch is 5.7 and can be toproped from the anchors with a 60m rope. Though this route has been around for more than 15 years, it was just recently bolted in the summer of 06 and could use a little trafic to clean it up.


Decend by rappelling the route (huge potential for getting your rope stuck)or make a short rap down the back side on chain anchors.


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Photos of Dry December Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Roy heading up the 2nd pitch on a misty winters da...
Roy heading up the 2nd pitch on a misty winters da...
Rock Climbing Photo: Almost to the belay anchors.....
Almost to the belay anchors.....
Rock Climbing Photo: View from the 1st pitch anchors looking on up the ...
View from the 1st pitch anchors looking on up the ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Sam about to top out!
Sam about to top out!
Rock Climbing Photo: See the climber just above the horizontal crack in...
See the climber just above the horizontal crack in...

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By Steve R.
From: Oakland, CA
Mar 24, 2009

Looked like a good line up the face of The Pagoda, but... The climbing totally sketched me out as I pulled holds off and the sandstone crumbled beneath my feet. Even being careful with loose holds it worried me...

It is a nice line up the face and was fun for my partner on top belay.

Watch out for poison oak at the start!

Don't throw your rope in the poison oak when rapping off the back!
By Salamanizer
From: Vacaville Ca.
Apr 12, 2009

Such is the nature of Pine Canyon. You have to familiarize yourself with the nature of the rock before you feel solid on it. It's choss, but great climbing none the less. Not everything out there is that bad. Don't give up just yet, keep climbing out there and you'll get the hang of it soon enough.

Pine Canyon is an place to find adventure, not contrived safety and a day of mindless climbing. It's a great place to become strong in mind, as well as strong in body.

Think of the place as a "great gift" to the bay area.
By Phil McAllister
Jan 25, 2015
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

The trees have recently been hacked down on the back side of this climb - and having had quite a bit of traffic of late (even since the first time i climbed in a few years back) a lot of the choss has been cleaned up.
By Salamanizer
From: Vacaville Ca.
Feb 7, 2015

That's unfortunate. The shade from those trees was the only thing keeping the poison oak at bay and keeping your ropes out of it when throwing them down.
By Andrew Walker
Aug 10, 2015
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

My partner and I climbed this right after The Pillar. We both felt it to be easier than The Pillar, and less runout (though perhaps this is because we are slightly more experienced with face than crack climbing). There are some bomber jugs intermixed with the smaller and more brittle holds. The bolts are nicely spaced and easy to clip. Recommend!

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