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Suzie's Wild Ride 

YDS: 5.9- French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 16 British: HVS 4c

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Art Messier
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Submitted By: Marc Kajut on Jan 29, 2006

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Description 

The climb starts out down and right from a small cave. Climb past two bolts to a ledge, then transition onto the upper face where the route continues up and right to a rappel station.

Protection 

Seven (7) bolt protection. Two bolt anchor. Rap rings.


Photos of Suzie's Wild Ride Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Just over halfway up Suzie's at the 4th bolt.
BETA PHOTO: Just over halfway up Suzie's at the 4th bolt.
Rock Climbing Photo: A view from the top of Suzie's Wild Ride
A view from the top of Suzie's Wild Ride
Rock Climbing Photo: Rebecca Manley working the slightly awkward move o...
BETA PHOTO: Rebecca Manley working the slightly awkward move o...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Start of Suzie's Wild Ride
The Start of Suzie's Wild Ride
Rock Climbing Photo: Rebecca Manley finishing up the lead of Suzie's Wi...
Rebecca Manley finishing up the lead of Suzie's Wi...
Rock Climbing Photo: Rebecca Manley working the surprisingly awkward fi...
BETA PHOTO: Rebecca Manley working the surprisingly awkward fi...
Rock Climbing Photo: Transitioning onto the upper face on Suzie's Wild ...
Transitioning onto the upper face on Suzie's Wild ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Luke on top of Suzie's Wild Ride
Luke on top of Suzie's Wild Ride
Rock Climbing Photo: Myself on the difficult traverse section of Susies...
Myself on the difficult traverse section of Susies...
Rock Climbing Photo: First clip of Suzie's is not so much climbing as a...
BETA PHOTO: First clip of Suzie's is not so much climbing as a...
Rock Climbing Photo: fun footwork through the upper section
fun footwork through the upper section

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By david baker
From: jamul, ca
Jan 25, 2007

The first and third bolt on Suzies have been damaged to the point of being unusable. The inconsiderate person who did this left the flattend bolts in the rock. It is to bad some A-whole finds the need to damage a great route and leave the rock with unsitely damaged bolts. Becareful there are other routes at Mission Gorge where there has been bolt damage.
By C Miller
Administrator
Jan 25, 2007
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Shame about this as it's a fun route, but perhaps this is retribution for Art's actions at El Cajon Mt. ?
By Ryan Huetter
From: Mammoth Lakes, CA
Feb 24, 2007

As of 2/24/07 the bolts on Suzie's Wild Ride are new and usable. Thanks to whoever got out and replaced the hangers.
By Bill Olszewski
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jan 27, 2008

Sweet climb! Love the balance, the thin edges and that traverse!
By Rebecca
From: Broomfield, CO
Aug 7, 2008

Pretty good deck potential from a couple spots and requires trust in your hands and feet especially in the traverse section. Not a great route for someone not comfortable on lead.
By bjk
Feb 22, 2009

Great climb, 5.9 seems a little too hard for this route. Follow the bolts and traverse right on the top section (last 3 bolts) prior to moving up. Head up too early and it will seem much harder
By RockyR
From: Encinitas, CA
Aug 17, 2011

I thought I was ready to lead it. TR'ng this route and figuring out my sequence. Definitely thin, edgy and balancy. Not my strong points. Will continue to work on it :)
By ChaseLeoncini
From: San Diego, California
Aug 23, 2012
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Clipping the sixth bolt is a bit difficult hanging on to thin holds and slopey feet but it's really fun. Ive dont at least 25 different routes at the gorge and this is so far my favorite. 5.8+ or 5.9-.
By sdrockstar81
From: el cajon, CA
Oct 28, 2012
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

Stay true to the route ( no side climbing, no early top out). It felt like a 5.9- during the traverse followed by the up climb. I think this climb is a little easier for taller people :D
By ChadC
From: San Diego CA
Feb 17, 2013

Great warm up to lead if you climb the 5.9 range. Careful if you tope rope it. I have seen the rope get caught on a rock at the start and when someone fell and they hit the deck.
By Josh Cameron
From: Moab, Colorado
Jan 29, 2015
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13

My g-friend led this and decked onto the big ledge midway up the route. She was one or two moves to the bolt after the traverse when she fell. Luckily, the rope caught her from going off the ledge. Also, luckily she didn't break her ankle, just a sprain that she was able to walk out on with some help. If you look at the rock it looks like there used to be a bolt protecting the middle of the traverse.
By Jeff Scheuerell
Jan 29, 2015

Is her name Suzi? I hope she is ok. That route looks really cool. Did someone chop a bolt.
By Tom Thomas
From: Pittsburgh
Jul 28, 2015

With a name like that I just had to give this route a try. I found the route to be solid at the grade - but not a sandbag.. If you take your time holds are everywhere I don't really feel that the route was bolted poorly or unsafe some of the moves are committing and a good belayer is required. With that said I had a ton of fun solo leading this gem. Here are some long arm pics of the climb.


Rock Climbing Photo: Having fun 1/2 up the route
Having fun 1/2 up the route


Rock Climbing Photo: Nearing the anchor of this classic..
Nearing the anchor of this classic..


Rock Climbing Photo: The rap off
The rap off
By Scotty D
From: San Diego
Jul 8, 2016
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Fun climb and long(ish) for the gorge. Close inspection reveals all the holds needed to cruise it, just take your time. Nice balancy move on the traverse and fun moves above it.

I think it is very well protected, you are able to high clip bolts BEFORE all the crux moves. A fall right above a ledge is never a good idea but with an attentive belayer this route is a very safe lead.

Anchor bolts are placed perfectly so it is possible to anchor with just a couple quickdraws if you are feeling lazy. Great climb.

Would probably be rated 5.8 if it was in Joshua Tree or Tahquitz.

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