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The First Corridor

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Acme Top Rope Wall S,TR 
Agua Negro S 
Before The Storm T,S 
Bilbo Surfs Galveston S 
Brand X Top Rope Wall TR 
Itsy Bitsy Spider (climbed up the water spout) S 
Leather & Lace  S 
Middle Earth T 
Pain at the Pump S 
Pick Pocket  T 
Pocket Change S 
Rise and Shine S 
Sophie's Choice S 
Spider's Line S 
Unknown 5.11a (a.k.a. the Booty Route) S 
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The First Corridor  


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Submitted By: Benjamin Chapman on May 25, 2011
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The Egg, the First Corridor, & The Chicken (Hyperi...

Description 

The First Corridor is the narrow shady canyon formed by the two huge sandstone conglomerate domes, the Elephant's Head and the Hatchery, 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's Head (aka the Chicken/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's Head (the 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, with several two pitch routes, while routes on the west wall range from 5.9 - 5.11.


Getting There 

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's 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.
To approach the First Corridor from the north end, follow the fire road from the parking area down the hill until nearly to the caves on the east face of the Elephant's Head. Take the path toward the caves and go right, and down the hill, skirting the right shoulder of the formation. Continue ~ 50 yds along the base of the north side of the Elephant's Head (this is the Pangea Wall) until the First Corridor appears, on the left.


15 Total Routes


['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',1],['5.8',2],['5.9',2],['5.10',5],['5.11',3],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The First Corridor :
Agua Negro   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   
Pick Pocket    5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 160'   
Sophie's Choice   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Middle Earth   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 170'   
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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Featured Route For The First Corridor
Nearing the anchors on "Before the Storm."

Before The Storm 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  CA : Los Angeles Basin : ... : The First Corridor
On the west face of the First Corridor. The route begins downhill from where the base of the canyon slopes sharply downward and uphill from the bush. "Before The Storm" is the 5th line of bolts from the gap between the Egg & the Hatchery, as of March 2013. It's a rope stretcher, but a 60 m rope will do....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of The First Corridor Slideshow Add Photo
Looking into The Canyon, from the north.
Looking into The Canyon, from the north.
Looking south from the First Corridor at Texas Canyon.
Looking south from the First Corridor at Texas Can...
A busy day in the First Corridor, with everyone having a great time.
A busy day in the First Corridor, with everyone ha...
The Canyon is full of quality climbing from 5.8 to 5.11. Climbers (from left to right) on  an unnamed 5.11a, "Itsy Bitsy Spider" 5.10a, and another unnamed 5.8
The Canyon is full of quality climbing from 5.8 to...
It's Back!! After much effort to eradicate, by Spider Savage and others, it appears that poison oak is making a resurgence in the First Corridor.
It's Back!! After much effort to eradicate, by Spi...
Suzi leads in The Canyon.
Suzi leads in The Canyon.
The First Corridor, as seen between the Elephant Head and The Egg.
The First Corridor, as seen between the Elephant H...
The east face of the Hatchery, which forms the west wall of the First Corridor.
The east face of the Hatchery, which forms the wes...
Are there snakes in those holes? Not if there's a lizard residing within.
Are there snakes in those holes? Not if there's a ...
A new sprig of the "Evil Weed" appears to be enjoying the moist spring-like conditions at the south entrance to The Canyon.
A new sprig of the "Evil Weed" appears to be enjoy...
Climbing in the cool shady recesses of the First Corridor on a warm late spring day.
Climbing in the cool shady recesses of the First C...
Climbers on "Middle Earth" and "Pocket Change," respectively.
Climbers on "Middle Earth" and "Pocket Change," re...
The often seen, but seldom photographed gap between the Egg and the Hatchery, in the First Corridor, at Texas Canyon.
The often seen, but seldom photographed gap betwee...
Another beautiful day of climbing in The Canyon.
Another beautiful day of climbing in The Canyon.
A busy spring day on the east wall of the First Corridor.
A busy spring day on the east wall of the First Co...
What are these pallets doing in The Canyon? If you're going to pack them in, PACK THEM OUT!!!
What are these pallets doing in The Canyon? If you...
Climbers kick'n it in the First Corridor.
Climbers kick'n it in the First Corridor.
A young Southern Pacific Rattlesnake traversing the First Corridor at the base of "Aqua Negro/Itsy Bitsy Spider."
A young Southern Pacific Rattlesnake traversing th...
Rock scar, in the First Corridor, caused by an illegal campfire.
Rock scar, in the First Corridor, caused by an ill...
Climbing steep pockets and inclusions in the First Corridor.
Climbing steep pockets and inclusions in the First...
Climbing in the shade, in the First Corridor, on a hot July afternoon.
Climbing in the shade, in the First Corridor, on a...
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By Jeff Edge
Apr 29, 2013

Climbed the next route to the right of Booty Route, felt like mid to upper 10 (c/d maybe?). Crux was definitely easier than booty route's, anybody got any actual info on this climb? Just curious what I am climbing. You can put it on TR if you rap to its anchors from the anchors to booty route.
Also curious what the next few routes immediately to the right are, looked at them but didn't end up getting on any. Any info?

By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Jan 9, 2014

Jeff.....the route in question, to the immediate right of the Booty Route, is "Rise and Shine" (5.10C).