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Routes in Point Break

50 Year Storm S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Bodhisattva S 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
Jump or Jerk Off S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Laughing With God S 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Surfing Can Save Your Life S 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Vaya Con Dios, Brah! S 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Warchild S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
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Point Break is definitely a summer crag, the overhanging side of the cliff NEVER sees any sun. Fall and Spring can bring really good temps without being cold though. This relatively short cliff hosts a handful of routes and some decent variations. Climbing ranges from 5.9 and slabby to 5.12+ and overhung, a decent outing, the only crappy part is the approach. See 'Getting There'.

Getting There

There is only one easy approach to this crag and that is when the river is frozen over, in which case, it's probably too cold to climb here.

Point Break is located on the bend just downstream from the New River Wall, but it is across the river. When low enough to wade or river is frozen, park in the big pullout across from the crag. Walk up the road to a drainage tunnel that runs underneath the road and goes down to the river. There is a crossing that is generally low (below and to the left of the crag) and an ice bridge that forms (below and to the right of the crag). Once across the river, keep walking upstream to a trail that zig-zags up to the base of the cliff and the fixed line. (CAUTION: the gullies and ledges below the cliff band are steep and dangerous, follow the trail, or be ready for something spicy.)

If you don't want to cross the river, you have to approach from Tunnel 2 (we went this way the first time and only the first time), and it is a LONG approach. Just man up and cross the river, or get waders, they're awesome for climbing in Clear Creek.

I would also recommend a stick-clip for these routes. First bolts are not high, but you start on a ledge, so it's a good idea.

L->R:

A. Surfing Can Save Your Life, 10+, 1p, 50', bolts.
B. Warchild, 13-, 1p, 50', bolts.
C. Laughing with God, 12, 1p, 50', bolts.
CD. Vaya con Dios, Brah, 10+, 1p, 50', bolts.
D. Bodhisttva, 12+?, 1p, 50', open project.
ED. 50 Year Storm, 9+, 1p, 50', bolts.
E. Jump or Jerk Off, 9+, 1p, 50', bolts.

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5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
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Laughing With God
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5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Sport
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Nice info posting work. Jason. Great working on this area with you man!! You put in some nice lines.... Hope to send my project soon and score an early ascent of your new classic "Laughing With God" (SANDBAG!!). Sick!!! Mar 3, 2010
Darren Mabe
Flagstaff, AZ
Darren Mabe   Flagstaff, AZ
Excellent work putting these lines in guys! I rap inspected that overhang a couple years ago and put it on the List. Definitely eye-catching when you buzz around the bend! I will check them out when it gets a little warmer. "Little hand says it's time to rock and roll!" Mar 4, 2010
DB Cee
Chattanooga, TN
DB Cee   Chattanooga, TN
Damn.

Had been eyeing this cliff for over a year...noticed yesterday it had bolts coming out the prow. Let us (me) know when that closed project is open....definitely want to get on that line.

Good effort! Apr 11, 2010
half-pad-mini-jug
crauschville
half-pad-mini-jug   crauschville
Ya, Luke, go climb your project or I'm gonna do it for you.... Apr 11, 2010
Next time I'm over at the point. I will give it my all, people. Apr 20, 2010

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