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The First Corridor is the narrow shady canyon formed by the two huge sandstone conglomerate domes nearest to the parking area. The First Corridor can be accessed from either end, north or south, but the most straight forward is by walking around the south end of the Elephant Head (aka Hyperion Slab) and following the trail as it winds to the right (north) and walk uphill between the The Egg (on the left) and the Elephant Head (huge formation on the right). There are climbs on both the west and east walls of the First Corridor. Many easy and moderate sport climbs ascend the lower angled east (right) wall of the corridor, while routes on the west wall range from 5.9 - 5.11.
From the parking area, walk up the road past the locked white gate. Continue up the road for ~ 100 yds. until the crag comes into sight and take the dirt track, on the right, that diagonals down toward the crag with the caves on its east face (Elephant Head/Hyperion Slab). Follow the dirt track down the hill and skirt the south end of the large slab (Hyperion Slab) and continue until the trail winds to the north (right) and up the hill into the First Corridor.
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Agua Negro 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 110'
Pocket Change 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 140'
Sophie's Choice 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Middle Earth 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 2 pitches, 150'
Itsy Bitsy Spider (climbed up the water spout) 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 85'
Before The Storm 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 95'
Unknown 5.11a (a.k.a. the Booty Route) 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
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Pocket Change 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c CA : Los Angeles Basin : ... : The First Corridor
"Pocket Change" follows a left leaning line of bolts up a featured slab and pockets to a bulge. Four bolts protect the initial slab and bulge. Aim for a large polished grey cobble just above the bulge and three bolts that provide a TR anchor for the slab below. Continue up left of the anchor past large inclusions and pockets which facilitate pulling through a series of three bulges with large featured inclusions and pockets. Six more bolts lead to runout, but easy face climbing to the anchor. Sh...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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