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El Rayo 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 40'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Preston Sowell, 1991
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Submitted By: C Miller on Jun 17, 2008

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Setting up for the crux on El Rayo (5.10b), 8000 F...


Perhaps the best route on the face, this climbs clean cracks in the upper face right of Out of Sight.

Start up either Community Service or Keep Hope Alive as an approach pitch, clip the anchors and then climb either side of the diamond-shaped block (5.10) to finish up face past a bolt.

Mistakenly rated 5.11a in previous guides, this is nowhere near that difficult and is a highly recommended route of the area.


Gear to 2", bolt, 2 bolt anchor on top (walk off)

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Just below the bolt and the top on El Rayo (5.10b)...
Just below the bolt and the top on El Rayo (5.10b)...
El Rayo (5.10b), 8000 Foot Crag
El Rayo (5.10b), 8000 Foot Crag

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By C Miller
Sep 26, 2008

Mistakenly listed as a TR (and rated 5.10d) in the new Big Bear guidebook, but don't be fooled as this thing eats gear and is one of the better lines, trad or sport, at this crag.
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