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Motherlode Rock - East Face

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Shantytown Swing 

Motherlode Rock - East Face 

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The east face of Motherlode Rock is fairly long wall with a high concentration of climbs on the left side and only a few routes on the rest of the rock. Climbs here tend to be on the short side but feature excellent rock and protection. Morning sun and afternoon shade.

Recommended routes here include Wildrose (5.6), Golden Nugget (5.10a), Lodestone (5.10b) and Out of Our Mines (5.10d).

This area seems to be quite popular with groups of top-ropers, so be courteous as well as patient and enjoy the climbing.

Routes listed from left to right:

Blasting Cap (5.3)
Wildrose (5.6)
Fire in the Hole (5.10a)
Fools Gold (5.6)
Golden Nugget (5.10a)
Motherlode (5.11b)
Black Bart (5.11a)
Psychedelic Sluice (5.6)
Belleville (5.9+ TR)
Shantytown Swing (5.6)
Dust in the Wind (5.4)
Out of Our Mines (5.10d)
Miner Forty-Niner (5.8)

Getting There 

Easily reached from the vicinty of The Ampitheatre (Claim Jumper Wall, Gunsmoke Wall or Thunderbird Wall) by a network of trails or from the northern parking area by another series of trails.

15 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Motherlode Rock - East Face:
Psychedelic Sluice   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Fire in the Hole   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   
Golden Nugget   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Lodestone   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Out of Our Mines   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Black Bart   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Motherlode   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
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Fire in the Hole (5.10a), Holcomb Valley Pinnacles

Fire in the Hole 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a  CA : San Bernardino Mountains : ... : Motherlode Rock - East Face
The climb begins with a short, vertical section with side pulls and edges before gaining a high-angle, somewhat gritty slab reminiscent of Joshua Tree. The crux comes at the third bolt and involves a balancy high-step to better holds. The anchor is located just below a large dike to prevent wear on ropes when lowering, but for the full experience continue to the top to another set of anchors.This was one of the first routes done on the wall, and was originally done with a #3 RP (just befor...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Tom Donnely above the crux of Motherload.
Tom Donnely above the crux of Motherload.
1. Golden Nugget (5.10a) <br />2. Motherload (5.11b) <br />3. Black Bart (5.11b) <br />4. Psychedelic Sleuce (5.7) <br />5. Shantytown Swing (5.6) <br /> <br />I think this is right, but not 100%. Not all routes listed.  Feel free to add to this!
BETA PHOTO: 1. Golden Nugget (5.10a)
2. Motherload (5.11b)
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Motherlode Rock (East Face Right), Holcomb Valley Pinnacles
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