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Routes in Uptown Rock - Upper Tier

"Alan Bartlett Wasn't Here" T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Blue Collar S 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a R
Downtown Man T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Funk You Up T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Funkytown S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
Sinners and Saints T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Solemates T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Uptown Funk S 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Uptown Girl T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a


These are the upper slabs at Uptown Rock, featuring excellent slab/face climbs on smooth, but featured, grey, brown, and golden granite.

Most of the climbs are moderate and bolted, but require a few pieces of gear. A small rack with pieces in the small to medium range is strongly recommended. A standard rack is recommended for Sinners and Saints.

A single 70m rope is sufficient for rappelling from the top to the midway anchor (knot ends!) and from the midway anchor to the base. For the routes on the left slab it is also possible to climb to the top (via the midway station of Downtown Man) with a shorter rope and walk/scramble (3rd class) off to the (climber's) right. There is no walk-off for the slab that hosts Uptown Girl and a single 70m rope or two equivalent ropes are required.

Blue Collar is not recommended for the novice leader. The dihedral/corner/flaring crack (with left finish on top), Sinners and Saints, would be a better choice in terms of potential pro.

The Upper Tier of Uptown Rock is usually sheltered from the wind and quite warm relative to other Pine Creek crags.

Getting There

Approach as for Uptown Rock. Follow cairns on the right side (SE) up the sandy slope and talus to gain access to 'Downtown Man' and 'Uptown Girl' - two excellent slab climbs.

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Todd Townsend
Bishop, CA
Todd Townsend   Bishop, CA
I checked this place out yesterday. With a 70m rope, and minimal shenanigans, I was able to micro-trax everything from the top anchor, except for "Allen Bartlett Wasn't Here."

Aspiring slab leaders should be aware that the bolts on many of these routes are farther apart than on typical Pine Creek sport climbs, but they're not Tuolumne spacing either. This is a great place to work on your footwork, as the climbs are techy rather than pumpy, and a cool head and good balance will get you up most of the cruxes.

Things are still a little crunchy in places, but the rock is good quality and it should clean up well with more traffic.

Thanks to Elmar for putting in the time and effort. This is definitely a worthy addition to Pine Creek. Sep 28, 2015
Berkeley + Sunny Slopes, CA
old5ten   Berkeley + Sunny Slopes, CA
Thanks for the kind words. If I recall correctly, a single 60m does NOT make the rap from the top of P2 to the top of P1. May 25, 2015
the top of the two second pitches has great climbing with good gear and clean rock.

We had a 70m but it sure seemed like you could rap from the top down to the first anchor and then close enough to the ground with a 60.

Still need to climb the 5.9, but all of the other climbs were fun, well bolted and cleaned up. Apr 16, 2015

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