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YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 140'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10+ French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ British: E3 5b [details]
FA: Brad Mattingly
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Submitted By: manuel rangel on Mar 17, 2007
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Footprints in the Sand


The route starts on a dihedral capped by a small roof just past fixed line. The line begins right of the dihedral on tan hangers, some bolts are hard to see until you commit upwards.

The original mixed line can be done but you have to start on left side of dihedral and at the second to last bolt, traverse right to the arete and finish on the bulging hand crack.


Just past the first overhang you duck under (Indecent Exposure's arete) is a 30' dihedral capped by a small roof. Look for the bolt at the lip. Rap with 2 ropes.


14 quickdraws for sport line; single rack cams & nuts for mixed line.

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By manuel rangel
From: Tempe, Arizona
Jun 25, 2007

The third bolt is hidden, it's in a scoop. Have faith and continue the easiest way up. I thought it was a ways but it's ok, just a bit longer than I wanted for the onsite.

By roman d
From: Pasadena, CA
Aug 23, 2010
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b

good, spicy fun. pretty sustained. the anchor needs another bolt - right now there is one bolt and a fixed rope tied to a mangled tree.

also, the route is only 115', we were just able to get down with a single 70m rope

By manuel rangel
From: Tempe, Arizona
May 28, 2011

The route was redirected up the right side of dihedral and retrobolted to sport status! The anchor has two bolts now.

Bring 14 quickdraws.

By roman d
From: Pasadena, CA
May 30, 2011
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b

bummer, I thought this was an excellent line as it was with good pro in between the bolts

By manuel rangel
From: Tempe, Arizona
May 30, 2011

You can still do the same line as it was. The new start is right of the dihedral. The old bolt is gone. A new one is up and right for the bolted line.

If you do the left side/original start you have to traverse on pro for a bolt then continue via the crack exit; stay right and avoid the last bolt. If you follow the new bolted exit, you will be far enough left of the hand crack finish that it would not provide adequate protection.

Brad asked me to do it and I think you should try the new line, Roman.

By roman d
From: Pasadena, CA
May 30, 2011
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b

got it, will get on it next time I'm out

By roman d
From: Pasadena, CA
Sep 19, 2011
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b

Just did the new start/finish. What a great, long, sustained pitch! Still feels ~10c

By markguycan
From: Wellington NZ
Nov 5, 2011

looks like the lower 2/3rds of this line is what I used to call "Ten Roof Rusted" - a diagonal toprope climb left of Indecent Exposure. Thanks Manny for making this a lead climb.

By arjunmh
From: Phoenix, AZ
Apr 25, 2012
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b

the retrobolting is excellent and this is an even more excellent line! nice job. it's a great climb to do after warming up on Arrogant Bastard.