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Gong Show Wall

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Gong Show Wall 

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An excellent crag that can be discerned by the multiple roofs that lace it. The large roof on the left that is split by a hand crack/ OW is the cliffs namesake, the Gong Show.

Getting There 

Drive 4.5 miles to the Big Meadow campground and park. Find your way across the stream and a climbers trail will lead you up to a talus scramble.

17 Total Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Gong Show Wall:
Main Attraction   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   
Overexposure   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   
D.M.Z.   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Sideshow   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, 100'   
He She   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 130'   
Tripping Old Birds   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 130'   
Eavesdropping   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 170'   
Wages of Skin   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, 80'   
Social Climber   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Switch Hitter   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 120'   
Anything Goes   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   
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Wages of Skin. Looks can be deceiving, no real offwidth moves on the route.

Wages of Skin 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b  CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : Gong Show Wall
Once you scramble up a 3rd class ramp, negotiate the menacing off-width above by, well, staying to the left and bypassing it altogether. After a few scrambly moves (5.9/5.10ish), step ACROSS the off-width to your right, then face climb excellent rock past a couple bolts, then turn the lip onto some edgy slab. Gain the crack--which is now on your left--then charge up a slammer handcrack till the crack abruptly angles right into a traversing finger crack (the crux) with nothing but glacial polish ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Gong Show Wall. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Gong Show Wall.
Photo by Blitzo.
Gong Show Crag, as seen from the road opposite the cliff.
BETA PHOTO: Gong Show Crag, as seen from the road opposite the...
Gong Show Crag, from further west along with road.
BETA PHOTO: Gong Show Crag, from further west along with road.
An overview of Gong Show Crag.
BETA PHOTO: An overview of Gong Show Crag.
First pitch of Main Attraction.
First pitch of Main Attraction.
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By Chris Owen
From: La Crescenta and Big Bear Lake
Jan 8, 2013

Years ago, followed the "walk off" advice of the old orange Bishop Area Rock Climbs guide and got into all kinds of trouble.