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

Type:  Sport, 2 pitches, 180'
Original:  YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b [details]
FA: Jeff Brown
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Submitted By: Adam Kimmerly on Dec 12, 2010

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  • Description 

    Pitch 1 (5.10d): Climb up past the first bolt (shared with "Sea of Gold") then move up and right to a good stance below the second bolt. Cruxy moves get you up to the third bolt, then more tricky moves past that one. Easier climbing leads to a second crux section just before the anchors.
    Pitch 2 (5.10c): Go straight up a black streak with some shallow incipient crack sections to a crux traverse right on a water polished slab about 2/3 of the way up the pitch. Easier slab leads to the anchor.


    Rap into the Bonus Ledge area from the rap anchors atop the route, or traverse over from the Video Dome area along a brushy trail at the base of the crag. The route starts about 50-75' left of the start of Captain Cook. Look for two lines of bolts up the rock, sharing the same first bolt. The right-hand line is "Sunken Treasure".


    Bolts (~10 per pitch) with bolted rap anchors. A 60m rope will get you (just barely! Tie stopper knots) to the P1 anchor on "Sea of Gold" from there you can rap to Bonus Ledge.

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    By Eric72
    From: San Diego, CA
    Feb 21, 2016
    rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

    I'm guessing the name of this route is a reference to the potential for a great route buried here... Unfortunately, the treasure is indeed sunken under layers of kitty litter loose stone, lichen, and moss. If it saw more traffic I think that one day this could clean up to be a nice route... but being an obscure route on an obscure rarely traveled wall, I don't expect that day to be any time soon.

    Additionally, the ACSD guidebook is incorrect in its labeling for this route. A 60m rope will leave you dangling 6-7 ft above the mid way anchor if you are lowering in to the route from the top.
    By Joe Brophy
    From: San Diego
    May 28, 2016

    Very challenging route in a great setting. I thought the first pitch was pretty clean rock wise. Luckily my partner lead the first pitch(it was hard for me) and I took the second. First pitch is the harder of the two. More physical where as the second pitch is more technical. Like Eric72 said, there is some lichen on the second pitch. Happily, this route is bolted for you to enjoy the route and not get hurt. Something like 14 bolts on the second pitch. And you do need a 70m to get down it. DONT use a 60m.

    I agree with what Eric72 said, with more traffic on this route it will clean up nicely. Such fun routes in a beautiful setting.

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