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Objectivist Tendencies 

YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV British: VD 3c

Type: Trad, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV British: VD 3c [details]
FA: Romain Wacziarg and Matthew Fienup (January 2007)
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Submitted By: Matthew Fienup on Jan 31, 2008
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Climb up the 3rd class gully to the left of the base of "Permanent Income Hypothesis". At a tree in a gully, start to belay. Angle right up 4th class terrain until you are level with a large tree to the right. Proceed up the ridge (5.4) to a 2-bolt anchor.

This is a good approach to the anchors of "Capitalism and Freedom" or "Natural Rate of Unemployment" for those wishing to toprope those routes.


From the base of Capitalism and Freedom, traverse left on a narrow ledge and climb a loose, class-3 gully. At the top of the gully, on a grassy ledge, turn right and scramble another 20 feet up to a circular depression in the rock next to a small tree.

Make 2 rappels down Capitalism & Freedom with a 60m rope.


A few cams and TCUs, to 2". 2 bolt anchor at the top (both 1/2 inch Rawl-style expansion bolts), i.e. the anchors of "Capitalism and Freedom".

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By Ryan Kosh
From: Los Angeles, CA
Mar 25, 2009


There's some thin line tied off to the tree anchor going to Lunch Ledge. Looks like this is in place to protect the traverse? Also, saw some water bottles in the "cave" and what appears to be a torn and tattered hospital gown hanging from the tree? Anyone know what the deal is with that?

By Matthew Fienup
From: Ventura, CA
Mar 25, 2009


These artifacts have been on site since we began development a few years ago. The 8mm cord (which is badly UV damaged) used to extend all the way down to the base of the Central Gully. It seems that teenagers were using the cord as a hand line to ascend to the ledge below Seven Steps. There was evidence that people had been spending the night on that ledge.

Before other routes were developed, Romain and I would use the 8mm cord to protect ourselves during the scramble to Lunch Ledge.