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Ground Zero 

YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Louie Anderson, 2005
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Submitted By: C Miller on Jan 8, 2007

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Approaching the overlap on Ground Zero.

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Climb positive flakes up and slightly left to a suddenly balancy transition into a series of underclings and edges over a slight bulge. Positive holds lead over the bulge to the base of a right-facing corner system where creative body positioning combined with some stemming lead up the corner and over the top. A short bit of easy slab concludes this fun and varied pitch.

There is an extension to this route called Automatic Static (5.11b), 16 bolts to anchors.


Located roughly 100' left of a prominent orange streak (Tangerine Dream) and 20' left of a ramp to vertical face (Whammy).


8 bolts, ring anchors

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Rock Climbing Photo: Passing the bulge of Ground Zero
Passing the bulge of Ground Zero
Rock Climbing Photo: finishing up Ground Zero.
finishing up Ground Zero.

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By wizard
From: Costa Mesa, CA
10 hours ago

This route is temporarily closed until a large block above is removed.
By Euan Cameron
From: Redlands and Mammoth Lakes
Mar 13, 2007
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

From below the climbing over the small bulge looks like it will be the crux, but big friendly holds makes this easy. The corner above definitely provides the technical difficulties of the climb.

Fun pitch with a variety of techniques.
By EliotAC
From: La Jolla
Sep 17, 2009

There's a pretty loose flake on this climb at about mid-height. It's just before the dihedral.
By Nathan Scherneck
From: Portland, OR
Nov 17, 2010
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

Like Tangerine Dream, I found there to be two cruxes on this route. A balancy move at B3 and pulling out of the right facing corner and up to the last bolt. Slightly harder than Tangerine Dream IMO. Great route.
By Tyler Quesnel
From: Eliot
Aug 3, 2011
rating: 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b

Fun fun fun. May seem 11 if you're shorter, for me everything was there and well within reach, I'd give it a 10+. Definitely one of the better climbs for the grade at the quarry (and in that area).
By johnnydanger
From: California
Feb 8, 2012
rating: 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

I just onsighted this route about a week ago. It's for sure harder than any of the 10's at the quarry and right there with the lower 11's. It's a short, but sweet climb with an interesting and memorable finish!

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