University of Santa Clara Practice Climb 1
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Located towards the left side of the lower tier, this route is obvious because of the honeycomb lattice at the top of the route.
Giant crimpy moves and overhung eyecandy make you forget that you're on a slab, and that you don't have to do pullups the whole way up.
The first bolt is a little unncessary, especially since a better place to belay on this route will be above it.
Part of the fun is figuring out a comfortable position to clean the anchor at the top.
4 bolts to a 2 bolt anchor.
(10/7/2007) Beware the top anchor, as one of the bolts is wobbling.
|Photos of University of Santa Clara Practice Climb 1 Slideshow
Sallie navigating past one of the several cruxes o...
Naoko on the lower section getting past the first ...
Naoko climbing past one of the upper cruxes.
Naoko at the final anchors! A happy camper... I m...
I told him the climbs ends at the anchors but no, ...
Bear at the beginning of Santa Clara Practice Clim...
|Comments on University of Santa Clara Practice Climb 1
|By Paul Rezucha|
Jul 25, 2005
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c
I figured this route would be a straight-forward sport route but I had more trouble on it than I care to admit. Granted my hands were only 75% functional from a previous accident but I constantly felt I was on an overhanging wall throughout much of the climb and felt awkward. Clipping one or two of the bolts was very difficult for me. I would say that this is a difficult lead for a 5.8 or 5.9 climber. But then again, others may feel more comfortable with this type of climbing. It was the first climb in the area so maybe the second time around I would be less stressed. All in all, a good climb. A humbling one, but a good one!
|By Anonymous Coward|
Dec 2, 2005
To avoid a pendulum fall on toprope, leave the rope clipped into the last quickdraw before the anchors. Otherwise you could be faced with a nasty swing into a dihedral.
From: San Jose, CA
Oct 19, 2006
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c
Enjoyable sport lead.
|By Tom Allen|
Oct 10, 2007
I lead this route this Sunday (10/7/07). The right anchor bolt is loose – not just spinning but wobbling, maybe a quarter inch back and forth: not good. I’m not qualified to re-bolt it; otherwise I’d replace it myself. As for a first sport lead – choose something safer. The climbing is reasonably easy (remember to use the slab to the right, instead of just hanging from the swiss cheese) and the clipping stances are decent. However, there are too many ledges etc. to hit if you do fall. This was my first outdoor lead and, looking back, I don’t think it was a very good idea.
May 22, 2013
Does anyone know the status of that loose anchor bolt?