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Rotten Rock Valley, notwithstanding the name, is actually a great location with many, many fun routes on typically high-quality rock with sweeping views from atop many of the numerous pinnacles in the area. Crack and face climbs are in abundance and lots of bouldering exists as well.
The recommended approach is via the summit trail passing The Bong (aka 2001) along it's south edge and and head west skirting rock and brush then head south through rocks passing The Tub as you drop down into the eastern edge of Rotten Rock Valley passing Champagne Rock which is the first formation encountered in Rotten Rock Valley proper.
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Fun climbing up the attractive vertical plated face starting from the ledge Shakin' the Tree ends at. An optional piece of gear (2-2.5") can be placed midroute. Can be combined with Shakin' the Tree for a single long pitch if mindful of rope drag.The name is a result of the "branding" one of the first ascent party members got from a hot drill bit! ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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