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This is Only a Test 

YDS: 5.12 French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: VIII+ British: E6 6b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12 French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: VIII+ British: E6 6b [details]
FA: Rob Mulligan & Troy Mayr, 1988
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Submitted By: caughtinside on Apr 12, 2011
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BETA PHOTO: This is Only a Test (5.12), Joshua Tree NP


The one bolt variation, direct start to Cactus Flower. Find the Cactus flower line, with the initial crack off to your left.

Start on a heavily chalked undercling horizontal before popping up into the slopey pinch. Work up in the pod to join the standard Cactus flower.

The guidebook says the grade is .12a-.12d, height dependant. Reaching the slopey pinch is going to suck if you are a shorty.


10 feet to the right of the standard start of Cactus Flower.


4 bolts. Supplemental gear possible for the top of the route which you probably won't need. maybe a 3 and a .75 camalot. Bolt anchor.

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By Randy
Apr 12, 2011

Did this many a year ago and found it near impossible (me being only 5'10" on a good day). Height dependent and in the higher 5.12 range for me.

By Mark J Gain
Oct 27, 2012

Fun start to a cool route, but being a little more on the taller side I found it into the lower grades, of .12's and no gimmy even with some height as the book mentions. I would not know what I would confirm it as, of course it does not matter much anyways but a fun variation.