Some guy from WA psyching up for the crux of Pumpi...
One of the lesser crowded areas despite having great routes in all grades. Penstock and Warning Signs are the most popular areas in the Lower gorge. The power plant does detract from the atmosphere. All of the cliffs are located off of the power plant road.
Either approach from the central gully, taking a left at the bottom of the gully, or by the South gorge approach (middle power plant road)
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: ... : Penstock Rock
Beautiful edges on bomber rock. Starts at the same place at Flashflood. Hit a bouldery crux after the 2nd bolt and a couple more hard moves in the next couple of bolts. Cruise to the last bolt on more very enjoyable edges. Then pull one more hardish move getting to the anchors with the last bolt below your feet....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
Oct 18, 2008
Does anyone know anything about the three new lines in the lower gorge that you encounter on your left, just as the road flattens? I know that they have brand new gold colored hangers, mussy anchors and are probably in the 5.7 to 5.9 range. They use up all of a 60m rope to lower. Because of the blocky nature of the top, there is a lot of rope drag to toprope.
|By Bruce Willey|
From: Bishop, CA
Feb 4, 2010
Did them yesterday, well two of them (far left and far right) before we ran out of daylight. More like mountaineering routes (respectfully) thann the usual sporty ORG experience. They were good, though. Reckon they come in at 5.6 or so.
|By rex parker|
From: mammoth lakes c.a
Dec 22, 2011
yeah i seen people climbing that yesterday.. they left their gear on the pavement....woah be carefull water and power come screaming around their in their trucks... also before these climbs up the road on the white pumice rock a crazy new slab climb with six bolts to shunt anchor looks sweet right nof the pavement after the second bend coming down the hill... who dunnit? rex
|By Howie Stern|
From: Mammoth Lakes, Ca
Dec 22, 2011
That new route just down from the parking lot was put up by myself, Michael Forkash, and Kent Barton back in December of 2009. It is called Road Wave (10c). Very fun!