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Routes in Phobos/Deimos Cliff

Blues Riff T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Deimos T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Easter Island S 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Goldfinger T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Phobos T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Phobos Start Variation T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
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Description

This warm, south-facing cliff band is home to a few steep, classic crack climbs. These include Phobos (5.9+), Deimos (5.9+), Blues Riff (5.11b/c) and Goldfinger (5.12a).

Getting There

The cliff sits just east of Tenaya Lake and the huge Moutaineer's/Harlequin Dome complex. It is directly across from Pywiak Dome. Parking can be found directly below the dome at a small pulloff, or in the main Tenaya Lake parking lot.

The approach up to the cliff is a grunt. The trail is well-marked however. Allow 45 minutes.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Phobos/Deimos Cliff

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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
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Deimos
Trad 3 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 141
Phobos
Trad 3 pitches
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 79
Blues Riff
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5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 3
Phobos Start Variation
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5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 16
Goldfinger
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Deimos
 34
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
Phobos
 141
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 3 pitches
Blues Riff
 79
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad 2 pitches
Phobos Start Variation
 3
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
Goldfinger
 16
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
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EJoe
Mammoth Lakes, CA
EJoe   Mammoth Lakes, CA
Cordelette on the top rappel station is very worn (sheath cut through by bolts) so I added a piece of sterling power cord to the mix. I didn't have a knife, so wasn't able to cut down the old cord and re-knot mine. Feel free to cut away the old stuff/retro mine; even better if you can equip the station with mallions. Added some webbing to the bottom rappel station as well, so the entire descent should be in good condition.

Bottom rappel is a slung horn directly below the top rappel at ~63 meters. I made it with less than a meter to spare after rope stretch. Alternative is swinging left to Blues Riff's anchor (assuming nobody is on route). Aug 10, 2015
nkane  
We saw four (4) bears on the walkoff from Phobos and the trail down to the road yesterday. They all were much more focused on the late summer manzanita berry buffet than on us humans, but probably a good idea to make some noise while hiking. Sep 17, 2018

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