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The Trough 

YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ British: MS 4a

   
Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 180'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ British: MS 4a [details]
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Submitted By: Adam Stackhouse on Feb 21, 2006
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sketchy move, that trough was slick after the rain

Description 

At the center of the larger portion of the Big Rock face, lies a water streak. The Trough runs straight up this, via several bolts. Picnic tables for the area sit directly underneath. Crux comes after the first bolt, with the balance of the route having copious amounts of hand and feet holds. Generous bolts protect this fun climb.


Protection 

8 bolts. Can be done in one stretch pitch with a long rope, or done in two with a 165' rope. Belay anchors are found midway, 3/4 the way, and at the top just left.



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First Lead
First Lead
At the anchors on The Trough
At the anchors on The Trough
The Trough, running up the prominent water streak
BETA PHOTO: The Trough, running up the prominent water streak ...
Rapping the Trough.  The people on the ground are keeping an eye on <a href='/v/106396239'>this</a> ornery naturalist, seen as a squiggly brown line to the left of the picnic tables.
Rapping the Trough. The people on the ground are ...
on TR, one of my first climbs
on TR, one of my first climbs
Climbing the Trough
Climbing the Trough
husband leading our first lead climb up the Trough at the first set of anchors
husband leading our first lead climb up the Trough...
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By C Miller
Administrator
Feb 22, 2006
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b

The midway anchor is gone, but the climb is easily done to the top in one pitch. This route seems to have gotten more slippery over the years and now seem harder than the nearby Africa Flake route.

By Adam Stackhouse
Administrator
Feb 22, 2006

I was there yesterday (2.21.06), and the midway anchor is there, and quite fresh I might add.

By Jordan K
From: Ohio
Oct 8, 2006
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b

this is a bolted sport climb, not trad

By Josh Hibbard
From: Los Angeles Area, CA
Mar 26, 2007

Very slipery, especially in the morning before the sun dries it off...
There is usually a top-rope hanging from the bolt/rap station as this is a favorite with groups...

By Brian Hench
From: Costa Mesa, CA
Jun 2, 2008

I was unimpressed. The rock is very slick, indeed.

By Christian "crisco" Burrell
From: PG, Utah
Jun 1, 2009

I soloed this on a day that I thought I was a real bad man...yeah...I'm dumb. Easy, but I scared myself up high. A perfect first lead for someone who has some experience already.

By Matt Marino
From: Georgetown, MA
May 10, 2010

The chains are still intact at the midway anchor but one of the rap rings is missing. You can safely thread a 10.5mm rope through the one rap ring but if anyone wants to replace the second ring it would be appreciated considering this is one of most heavily used routes at Big Rock, especially among those with little experience.

By Patrick Kaufer
From: Laguna Hills, CA
Mar 13, 2011

I did it two days ago and really liked it! It was my first lead as well.

By Eddie Miro
From: Chico, CA
Mar 13, 2011
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b

This was my first climb almost 15 years ago. Afterward I bought a rope, shoes, harness and a bunch of quick draws and brought my buddy Robert back to belay for my first lead. I fell right before the 3rd bolt and hit the rock hard after 20 feet of air. I sprained my ankle so bad I had to wrap my foot with webbing to get back to my truck. To be young and dumb again.

By Emmanuel Garcia
Sep 26, 2011

Are the anchors at the bucket the 3/4 or top anchors?

By Chris D
From: the couch
Dec 18, 2011

If you can lead 5.5, you can lead this route. This route is easy. Don't believe all the nonsense here up-rating this fun beginner route.

By Rob Selter
From: running springs Ca
Apr 6, 2012

This was my first sport lead and I still enjoy it altough it is really greasy. And by the way, there is know way this thing is more than a 5.5

By Rob Donnelly
From: Riverside, CA
Apr 12, 2012
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b

A couple of fun mantles. Forgettable except for the greasiness. I stayed in middle of the stain. May be easier and more enjoyable on the edges.

By Jovel C.
May 12, 2013

Fun climb. It's easier if you stay away from the dark area since it's slippery. I suggest climbing to the right for more grippy holds. You'll also be climbing right under the bolts.

By Matt Michael
From: Oceanside, CA
Aug 15, 2013

Some of those holds are like trying to wrastle with a greased pig