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Toe the Line 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
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Submitted By: David Cox on Dec 26, 2005

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Another butt shot. Photo by Blitzo.


This is a fun zig-zag crack. Start 10' left of Willit Slab climbing up a groove past an old relic of a bolt stud. Then make some moves left to a crux crack. Fun moves on clean rock makes this a fun one to do while hanging out in the corridor, but be solid on the bottom and middle part as its not to great on pro.


Pro to 2" Some thin pro can be placed before heading left but not much till then. A chain wrapped under a boulder was the anchor.We rapped down Willit Slab.

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"Toe The Line" Photo by Blitzo.
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By Drederek
Jan 22, 2006
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

This is a full sun no breeze route, perfect for a sunny cool morning in december. Nice layback finish thats easily protected.
By 72HW
Feb 19, 2008
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Since we had the Slab TR'd already, we took a run up this one. My personal rating stays with 5.9, which I think may be a nod to the lieback finish, which we skipped. The bottom 3/4's of the route was tons of fun and quite easy, though I'm sure it would be a different story on lead. Only saw one bolt, with no hanger, that seems to have been driven in the late 70's.
By Chris Owen
From: Big Bear Lake
Feb 2, 2009
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

I'd give it 5.8.
By Josh Hibbard
From: Los Angeles Area, CA
Oct 3, 2010
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

An oddly placed bolt with no hanger still lies toward the start of this route. Try not to fall on it. I wish someone would yank the bolt.... it would pierce you if you fell on it... perhaps this danger adds to the 5.9 rating :-)
The crack is fun, but wished it was longer...
By TacoDelRio
From: All up in yo bidniss.
Nov 13, 2011
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

There is a rusty bolt beyond P1 anchors that would suggest a second pitch for this or Willit Slab.

Fun little route with easy moves to an easy lieback crack.
By hikingdrew
From: Los Angeles, CA
Sep 10, 2013

Lieback at the top is fun..
By Ryan Bracci
From: Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Jan 21, 2014
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

"Lieback"...I guess, but I found jamming to be more fun, and easier, at the top. Gear is thin at the bottom and a little run-out after the first good piece (Green Alien) but you could get a micro-nut in if you like before the second good piece (another Green Alien) if you're a little nervous of the run-out.
By Chris D
From: the couch
Feb 2, 2014

Great pro in the crack up top, not much below it, but that climbing is really easy. There might be one move of .8 in the crack, nothing that I can imagine anyone would seriously call 5.9.

La Reina, 5.9, is a couple hundred feet away and is in a completely different league of difficulty that this thing.
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