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The Hard Trough 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ British: MVS 4b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ British: MVS 4b [details]
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Submitted By: Bill Olszewski on May 20, 2007
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BETA PHOTO: The patina and obvious waterchute of The Hard Trou...


This route climbs the obvious water trough near the far right side of Big Rock. Start up the Puppy Dog-like line of patina and follow the trough to bolted anchors. The first bolt is about 20’ off the deck but you can start the climb on the large flake to the right, traversing up and left to the first clip, for a more comfortable start. There’s a little spice up high, just short of the third bolt, well above the second clip. The sign and the Mayr guide rate this 5.8 but I have always felt it easier than that. This route doesn’t seem to see much action but is one of the best moderates at Big Rock. Descent is made by way of one rappel.


3 bolts, bolted anchor.

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Lisa Pritchett leading the Hard Trough
Lisa Pritchett leading the Hard Trough
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By Brian Hench
From: Costa Mesa, CA
Jun 2, 2008
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b PG13

No way it is 5.8. It's a lot easier than Crater Maker, for example. I think it deserves more traffic. Pretty good. The fourth "bolt" is an ancient home made affair. Clip it for old time sake.

By Brian Hench
From: Costa Mesa, CA
Feb 25, 2009
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b PG13

If anyone is of a mind to, the third bolt really should be replaced. It's rusty and just ready to be replaced. Use stainless steel since it get's a lot of water there.

By Jim Dover
From: Idyllwild, Ca
Nov 5, 2011

YIKES!!!! That third bolt was older than climbing itself! And someone has place new anchors at the top of the route--with no rap rings, no chains (the old ones are still in place, on old button heads) and with one of the nuts loose! What a sketchy anchor. BEWARE! And take a wrench.

Other than that, a fun climb.