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El Sendero Luminoso 

YDS: 5.12d French: 7c Ewbanks: 28 UIAA: IX ZA: 28 British: E6 6b

Type:  Sport, 15 pitches, 1750', Grade V
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12d French: 7c Ewbanks: 28 UIAA: IX ZA: 28 British: E6 6b [details]
FA:  Jeff Jackson, Kevin Gallagher, Kurt Smith, et al.
Season: shade all day, can be a bit cold in winter
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Submitted By: camhead on Jan 6, 2008

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15 wild pitches. Sustained quality 5.12 climbing. Expect a full day of fun with the most amazing views you can imagine. If you like the slabby, runneled climbs of Virgin Canyon, you will love this route. Take lots of water and headlamps.

Pitches run roughly,
1-5.12b, 2-5.12, 3-5.12, 4-5.11d, 5-5.12, 6-5.12, 7-5.12, 8-5.11a, 19-5.10, 10-5.10, 11-5.12d, 12-5.11c, 13-5.11, 14-5.10, 15-5.7

Most pitches feel around 12a/b. Pitch two and eleven felt like the cruxes.


At the base of El Toro. You will have to climb some easy 4th class limestone slabs to get to the base of the route


15 bolts and 2 60m ropes.. Not nearly as runout as you may have heard, and the cruxes are all super well protected.

Photos of El Sendero Luminoso Slideshow Add Photo
Cody on the first pitch. For more information abou...
Cody on the first pitch. For more information abou...
The Kung Fu Garden Pitch
The Kung Fu Garden Pitch
Adam on pitch 10
Adam on pitch 10

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By Leviticus Maximus
From: mahtomedi,MN
Sep 19, 2011

How cold does it get in the winter? I am from Minnesota so I don't think I will have a problem but just wondering.

Is this route mostly technical slab climbing. If so, edges? Pockets? Slopers?

By Peter Lewis
From: Bridgton, Maine
Feb 13, 2014

And Alex Honnold 3rd-classed it in three hours. I'm not even sure I can change the oil in my car that fast...
By Alexander
From: San Francisco
Aug 17, 2014

Here is Alex soloing it:

My mittens got sweaty watching it.