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Groove Factor 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Richard Jensen, 1981 (?)
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Submitted By: Bill Olszewski on Aug 19, 2007

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In the groove on Groove Factor, 5.10a.

Open, with restrictions: Park on the street MORE INFO >>>


Start at an obvious block; easy climbing up the block and ledges gains the first bolt, about 15' up. Interesting climbing up the shallow dihedral brings one to the crux passing the fourth bolt. Above, climb the arete past three more bolts to a bolted anchor with rap rings. Although mostly easy climbing with only a move or two at grade, this is a fun line on nice edges that will keep you guessing.


Groove Factor follows the faint dihedral/arete between White Heat and Pleasure Dome.


8 bolts, 2 bolt anchor w/rings

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Rock Climbing Photo: Groove Factor (5.10a), Riverside Quarry
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By C Miller
Aug 21, 2007
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Scramble up easy rock to a high first bolt, make a committing move past it, then enter the groove and finish with a series of easy mantles higher up on this fun climb.

The current anchor is less than ideal and needs to be upgraded.
By Nelson Day
From: Joshua Tree, CA
May 22, 2012

The Louis Anderson guide book we were using rated this at 5.9, but .10a is reasonable.
By Greg Parker
Sep 17, 2015

Bolt placements seemed a bit odd on this one...

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