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Gun Rail 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

   
Type:  Sport, 55'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: FA. R. Behrens & D. Daly (Feb 16, 2014)
New Route: Yes
Page Views: 462
Submitted By: Dave Daly on Feb 18, 2014

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Description 

Start just below a somewhat large broken flake/hole and work your way up to the first bolt. Make a few intermediate moves to reach the second bolt. From here (the crux), rocker up and latch onto the "rail" above on the thin patina plate. Continue to work up, moving slighty right then back left to reach bigger holds. Clip the 3rd and final bolt...you're home free!

Protection 

- (3) bolts
- Anchors bolts equipped with rings

Location 

This fine addition to Paul's Paradise is located on the north facing end, 10 feet left of the bolted route called 'Unknown' (5.9). Additionally, it can be identified by five bullet holes near the first bolt.


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Rock Climbing Photo: 'Gun Rail' (5.9), FA. R. Behrens & D. Daly (Feb 16...
BETA PHOTO: 'Gun Rail' (5.9), FA. R. Behrens & D. Daly (Feb 16...
Rock Climbing Photo: Puttin' er up! The page author punchin' holes whil...
Puttin' er up! The page author punchin' holes whil...
Rock Climbing Photo: Scott Keary moving through the crux  of 'Gun Rail'...
Scott Keary moving through the crux of 'Gun Rail'...

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By butters
From: Mammoth Lakes, Ca
May 21, 2014
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

5.9 crux was solid for the grade. great climb!
By munge
Jan 19, 2015

I'm curious if anyone else has comments on it?

I need to get back out this way soon.
By Dave Daly
From: Del Mar, CA
Mar 26, 2015

Went back a few weeks ago and did all of the routes on the north side of Paul's, including the route to the right of Gun Rail (which, in the Bishop guidebook, is 5.9). Gun Rail is more sustained than the route to the right (which has an opening move that might check in at soft 5.9). I'd consider bumping Gun Rail's rating to 5.9+/.10a.
By BAd
Apr 23, 2015
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Okay, if I understand this area correctly, I see three routes, left to right: "Gun Rail," "North Face," and "Unknown." I'd rate these 10a, 5.8, 5.9. All worth doing, btw.
By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Aug 18, 2015
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Well, to update, currently from left to right: "Annie Get Your Gun" (5.7+), "Top Gun" (5.10a), "Gun Rail" (5.9), "North Face" (5.8), and "Unknown" (5.9).
By JC w KC redux
Mar 29, 2016
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Dave and Rob - Brad and I led this over the weekend (3-26-16) and Kat followed it. We all agreed that the crux was 10a and some of the hand holds are really small and sharp!
I really liked the route. It made me pause for quite a while figuring it out. Getting to the first bolt is also spicy - it looks just a bit higher than bolt 1 on the North Face - nice addition to the wall.

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