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Peels of Laughter 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b R

Type:  Trad, 110'
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b R [details]
FA: Fitch (1975)
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Submitted By: Matthew Fienup on Aug 15, 2006

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Patty Fienup bypasses the overhang midway up Peels...


Easy but unprotected climbing up the corner leads to a shallow horizontal ledge (5.4). Alternately, climb the face six feet right of the corner (5.6/5.7). Foot traverse right along the ledge until reaching a crack. Gratefully place a piece or two as you climb the crack up to an obvious overhang. Foot traverse left to the corner. Bypass the roof on the left-hand side. Climb the airy and exposed arete past two bolts to the top.

The true crux of the route is passing the second bolt (at 80 feet) which involves a committing and somewhat awkward mantel (5.7). Many people risk a significant swing and bypass the crux by traversing 6 feet right on the ledge and climbing face holds to the top (5.6).

The route is 110 feet long!! Do not try to rappel the route with a 60m rope. The only way to run a redirected toprope is to extend your anchor 10 feet below the two bolts out on the arete. NOTE: multiple directionals must be used when toproping in order to avoid a swing of up to 30 feet!


This route starts on the obvious, easy corner to the left of the start of Many Happy Returns.


2 bolts. Optional 1/2"-1" gear. Very runout.

The top of the route is protected by a 2-bolt anchor (shared with Great Race) which can and should be backed up with a bolt higher up.

Photos of Peels of Laughter Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Topo for upper-2/3 of Peels of Laughter.
Topo for upper-2/3 of Peels of Laughter.
Rock Climbing Photo: Magali Wacziarg works her way up the arete which f...
Magali Wacziarg works her way up the arete which f...
Rock Climbing Photo: Audrey Walzer lowers off after a successful run up...
Audrey Walzer lowers off after a successful run up...

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By M.Morley
From: Sacramento, CA
Jan 3, 2007

R/X as a lead. Highly recommended as a toprope.
By Christopher Alakel
Oct 29, 2007

“The Fixe Glue-in atop this route now wiggles. There are also clearly visible chips where a runaway hammer made contact with the rock..."

Judging from the damage surrounding some of the other convenience anchors that have sprouted up at San Ysidro, I would assume this was a poorly executed removal attempt. Since the rock is so fragile, and the would-be remover so heavy handed, I am squarely against such removal tactics. Sounds though, that folks may be offended by the hijacking of historic lines at this crag.
By Sean
From: Oak Park, CA
Jun 13, 2015

route looks about 97 ft tall, as measured from the lowest bottom flat ground directly below a shiny low bolt. TR from arete anchor (shared with Great Race) seems straight enough without directionals. photo shows the few feet of extra slack after rapping down. a 60 works fine
Rock Climbing Photo: The few extra feet of slack after rapping down wit...
The few extra feet of slack after rapping down with a 60.

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