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YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10b/c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Bob Gaines and Frank Bentwood, December 2009
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Bob Gaines on Jan 29, 2010
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BETA PHOTO: Uppercut (5.10c), Joshua Tree NP


Far left side of the Solarium, begins left of the big corner/gully.

Climb a face past 2 bolts (5.9) up to a ledge, then lieback a short, right facing dihedral to a right-slanting crack under a roof. Pumper jams (hand to fingers) with a tricky exit.

2 bolt lower off anchor (100 ft.)


.4 to 4 inches, 2 bolts. 2 bolt lower-off anchor.

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Dave Mayville leading Uppercut, 5.10c <br /> <br />photo by bob gaines
Dave Mayville leading Uppercut, 5.10c

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Dave Mayville leading Uppercut, 5.10c <br /> <br />photo by bob gaines
Dave Mayville leading Uppercut, 5.10c

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By susan peplow
From: Joshua Tree
Nov 6, 2013
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b

Very fun route and well worth doing if at the area and worth carrying a small rack - especially as the hike is so easy.

Climbed as the second and found the route to varied with a few face moves, then a great block with perfect hands (any hand will do) to gain the traversing horizontal crack. The crack starts off a little wide (3.5" worked like a dream) then necks down smaller 2", hands and fingers as you approach the bolted anchor.

We were expecting some grains or lacking feet but was pleasantly surprised on both accounts. Graced with one of the FA's at the base, Mr. Gaines gave a little beta that the crack might be grungy (which it was) but not horrible by any means.

Bumping the star value on this one - good stuff.