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Affordable Care T,TR 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Central Fins - Left Corner S,TR 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13
Central Fins - Left Tower + Groove TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Central Fins - Right Wandering TR 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Cohiba T,TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Connect High Chouinard T 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a PG13
Connect Top Central Fins T 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a PG13
Guanobita T,TR 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Hand Traverse T 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
Left Slab - Central TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Left Slab - Far Left Gully TR 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Left Slab - Left Arete TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Left Slab - Left Cracks TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Left Slab - Near Left Gully S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Left Slab - Right Flake TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
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Lower Left side is a sideways-slanting slab. Lower Right side is a slightly overhanging wall.
Faces WSW.

Lower Left has a bolt far left [ see Photo ] - perhaps another route not yet published?

Top-Roping: The obvious way to set up top anchors for the Left Slab part is to lead the route Near Left Gully.

For the Central Fins area, the obvious way to set up top anchors is to Lead the bolted route Central Fins - Left Corner up to its higher anchor at the alcove with small roof. Another possibility might be to do try a Trad lead of the route Left Tower + Groove. Or less difficult (but dirty and loose) would be to do a Trad lead of the the route Hand Traverse . . . then continue up and right on the route "Connect Top Central Fins".                                                

A way to get access to set up anchor at top of the lower right side of this sector is by first hiking/scrambling up steep Right toward sector 9 Chouinard. But before reaching it, scramble up Left a little ways, then traverse Left across upper part of South-facing wall (4th class exposed), then continue traversing north (3rd class) above top of sector 8 Dostie lower wall.

Name: Craig Dostie has been a key builder of enthusiasm for backcountry skiing in the SIerra -- and central information source for equipment and techniques and locations and community for all USA backcountry skiing, especially through Couloir magazine (now merged with Backcountry magazine). Later launched the EarnYourTurns website.
Grew up around Moorpark by Los Angeles. Started skiing backcountry in the San Gabriel and San Bernardino mountains because could not afford lift tickets. The Alpine Ski Touring Committee of the Sierra Club needed a newsletter, so he started "Le Chronicle du Couloir". Then saw that the need was larger than California, so launched the first nationwide magazine for the growing movement of backcountry skiing (and broadened the vision to snowboarding) - [ see story ] -

. . (previous name "Cosmiques" was for the high mountain refuge / hut / hotel (after a station for research on cosmic rays) near the top station of the mechanical lift which quickly brings climbers up from the valley floor.

warning: The rock in this sector has not been climbed much yet, and much of the rock is still breakable and loose -- so the belayer and other people should stand far away from underneath the climber.

Getting There

Follow the instructions on the Rush area description page to reach sector 7 Hill. Then turn Right and hike up a steep slope 80-100 feet on dirt + grass + sagebrush + rocks to reach this sector. (10-20 minutes)

Another way to reach this sector: From the East end of the log bridge, at first go NE 15-20 feet, then walk E about 65 feet through forest, then up a short steep embankment trending right up to flat. (Note carefully the appearance of the trees and other features here, so you can find it again on return).
Next hike uphill ENE about 500 feet, at first through sagebrush, then scrambling on boulders, then a steeper slope on dirt + grass + rocks to reach sector 8 Dostie.
. . Total hiking +200 vertical feet over 0.19 mile distance. Typical range of times 9-18 minutes.

If already at sector 9 Chouinard, hike N down a steep slope about 100 feet on dirt + grass + sagebrush + rocks to reach this sector.

--> see Map

--> see Photo overview from W

GPS tracks for hiking/scrambling approaches -- view (or download) on
- - > this Map of the Rush crag

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