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Mastering Five-Two 

YDS: 5.2 French: 3 Ewbanks: 8 UIAA: II British: D 2c R

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.2 French: 3 Ewbanks: 8 UIAA: II British: D 2c [details]
FA: Unknown
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Submitted By: Chris D on Feb 22, 2010
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BETA PHOTO: Mastering (5.2) on Outward Bound Slab


This is the gully that ascends the left side of the South Face of Outward Bound Slab just to the left of Look Mom No Sweat. Lots of ways to run up this route make it anywhere from 5.2 to 5.4 or 5.5 and although it's hard to protect low, most of the route is easy enough that it's not an issue.

From the anchors, continue up and slightly to the left over a bulge to a notch in the rock to downclimb the backside of the formation


Little pro down low, one #3 Camalot in the crack at the top of the route protects the crux moves before reaching a three-bolt anchor which (as of Feb 2010) was just hangers.

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Patty mastering on the last day of 2010.
Patty mastering on the last day of 2010.
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By Chris D
From: the couch
Feb 23, 2010

Vogel's 2006 edition of "Rock Climbing Joshua Tree West" calls it simply "Mastering." Vogel's 1997 "Classic Rock Climbs Joshua Tree National Park" calls it "Mastering Five-Two." Bartlett's 1998 Edition of "The Wonderland Guide" also calls it "Mastering Five-Two." The 1979 edition of Wolfe and Dominick's guide to Joshua Tree NM doesn't include the route at all. Maybe the area hadn't been developed yet.

By TheClimbingChemist
Jan 13, 2014
rating: 5.2 3 8 II D 2c R

3rd trad lead. I agree with the R rating. Its literally a steep hike to the base of the crack, BUT you have to move up about 10 feet before there is actual gear. That 10 feet is trivial at 5.2, but may be a little heady for some. After that there are a numerous good placements.