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Subterranean Tango 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ British: E1 5a R

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- British: E2 5b [details]
FA: T. Davis, M. Harrington, S. Malchelosse, 2/88
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Submitted By: Leo Paik on Apr 25, 2007
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This is a good route in the middle of the Monolith's east face. It has 2 starts. You can go from down below and make it 11a or you can start above skipping the first 2 bolts. If you don't go down into the subterranean bit, it goes at 10a or so.

Follow an appealing face with neat, embedded rocks protruding from the matrix. Pass 7 or 9 bolts. There is a runout bit near the top above the last bolt.


This is in the middle of the east face of the Monolith. It is just right of Post Orgasmic Depression.


7-9 bolts, depending on the start. 3 bolt anchor.

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By Kevin Friedrich
Oct 29, 2008

Very fun to start from the pit. Only one hard move.

By LeeAB
From: ABQ, NM
Nov 24, 2009

Starts by stepping to the right off of the main platform that most of the routes start off of. This route is the second to the right of POD and immediately right of Hawaiian Noises.

I did the pit start years ago and don't remember it but it does appear to have Leper hangers.

By Kyle Queener
From: Monterey, California
Feb 1, 2013

A nice easy way to do the bottom section is to clip the first two bolts and then lower into the pit and top rope the bottom section and then lead the rest. A good option for the belayer in winter months.

By Christopher Powers
From: Santa Cruz, CA
Jul 10, 2013
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a PG13

Pretty fun climb, lots of places to hangout/rest and enjoy the view, so if you are a beginner sport climber and want a climb with more of a challenge, try this one.

Near the top of Subterranean Tango. Taken from around The Upper Crust.
Near the top of Subterranean Tango. Taken from around The Upper Crust.