|Type:||Sport, 2 pitches, 180'|
|Original:||YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b [details]|
|Submitted By:||Adam Kimmerly on Dec 12, 2010|
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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
11 hours ago
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.
It's important to point out that you should expect less than polished clean rock unless you are at high traffic areas like j tree or the gym. Modern gym weened climbers expect perfect rock and color guide books(no offense meant to Eric72 and respect for climbing this route). Corte Madera rock is excellent in quality, it just doesn't get visited as often as easy to access places like Joshua tree. If you want choss, head to valley of the moon. Also, be aware of rattlers. This place has them in numbers.