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Flash Gordon 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Todd Gordon and others
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Submitted By: Bo Johnston on Dec 21, 2002

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BETA PHOTO: Flash Gordon (5.7), Joshua Tree NP


This mungy and akward route begins just below the gumdrop shaped peak of South Horror Rock. The route climbs up hand to fist sized cracks around the left side of the summit cap. A belay could be made here or with well adjusted runners you could just clip the bolt on the upper half and proceed to the top in one pitch.


The first half of the route is trad and a standard rack of cams will sufice. The second half is simply sport with one bolt (3/8") to the top. There are anchors just below the summit for "Dog Day Afternoon" to decend.

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Flash Gordon/Very Fun Start

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By M.Morley
From: Sacramento, CA
Mar 21, 2003

The solitary bolt protecting the upper section of Flash Gordon was replaced 12/2002.
By C Miller
Feb 7, 2005
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Not a stand-out climb, but certainly not a bomb either. Do it as a single pitch (best) and enjoy the change of elevation. One star out of five.

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