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Popeye Meets The Burrito Master 

YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 55'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Leo Henson & Paul Boulet
Season: Spring thru Fall
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Submitted By: Orphaned on May 25, 2006

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"Popeye" is one of, if not THE, most popular routes at The Pit. The bottom section, rated 5.9, is very popular with moderate climbers as a warm-up or beginning lead. The upper section (responsible for the 10d rating) isn't nearly as good and rarely gets done.

Take care when belaying a leader on this route as you could both take a heckuva fall if they pile off the starting moves before clipping the first bolt.

NOTE: The quality rating here refers soley to the lower 5.9 section of the route!


Popeye is the left-most route that starts off the lower level of the Mall Wall. Super pocketed face.


Bolts, chains with Mussy hooks.

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By Tavis Ricksecker
From: Bishop, ca
Jul 26, 2007
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

First 'pitch' is classic, but the top is good too.. Not nearly as chossy as I had imagined, high, and exposed. Worth doing at least once.

5.9 to the first anchor
10d to the top
By Andrew Ryder
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Feb 29, 2008
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

Finally did the top part of this yesterday. It's a lot of fun and much different than the bottom, with cool stemming moves a lot less obvious than the bucket-hauling on the first "pitch." We ran the whole thing on a 60m rope and had a couple meters to spare, and surprisingly, drag wasn't too much of an issue. There is one runout on the upper section that's a little freaky since a fall would probably drop you straight onto a ledge, but the climbing was fairly easy in that section.
By Nathan Scherneck
From: Portland, OR
Sep 26, 2010

We created a thread-through anchor 5' right of the route with the tail end of the rope for the belayer.
By jeffrey c gibson
From: pheonix az
Oct 7, 2010

I dont recomend the second pitch.A loose rock about the size of a softball smashed me in my dome peace...ended our day.
By JMo
From: Tucson, AZ
Sep 15, 2012

2nd pitch good. 1st ok
From: Tacoma, WA
Mar 5, 2013
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

If you like technical climbing and stemming don't miss the top of Popeye!
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