Type: Trad, 80 ft
FA: Don O'Kelley & Dave Davis, October 1971
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Shared By: Brian Reynolds on May 15, 2003
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Deflowered offers a nice range of crack widths and styles over its length, starting with shallow, flaring twin cracks at the bottom before moving into a nice wide chimney, then a lieback flake, and finally a bit of steep, bouldery fist/OW to the finishing jugs. It's a fun climb in a location that has a really short, easy approach, yet doesn't have a lot of the traffic of the climbs closer to Hidden Valley. Not a showstopper, but definitely fun if you're in the area (and aren't you more or less always in the area?)

Vogel rates this climb a 5.6 -- if so, it's the hardest 5.6 I've climbed at JT. Feels like a good solid 5.7 in my book.

As you enter Steve Canyon from the direction of Hidden Valley CG, Deflowered will be on the right side, about two-thirds of the way up -- on the opposite side of the canyon from Super Roof (Vogel describes this section of Steve Canyon as "Upper East Side (West Face)"). Look for a large chimney that splits the face (5.4); Deflowered takes the slightly narrower crack that starts about 10 feet to the right (down-canyon). Start on top of a large block.


Standard rack to 3" plus a few slings to reduce rope drag -- the route is straight up and down, but some pieces will have to be placed deep within alcoves and chimneys.
I led this on a very hot May day about seven years ago.Maybe it was the heat, but I thought it was pretty stiff for 5.6 Mar 3, 2004
Ryan Avery
Ryan Avery  
This odd climb is made fun by starting in the cave below the usual starting blcok. Adds a bit of caving expereince to the whole thing and an otherwise interesting climb.

Not for new leaders for sure. Jan 26, 2005
Woody Stark  
I climbed this route quite a few years ago. Both my partner and I found it harder than six plus a little odd in a way I can't remember. I might go back just to see why it sticks in my mind; however, I don't think the reason is positive. Jan 27, 2005
Mike Hack
Mike Hack  
I climbed this route several years ago and remember not liking it much. I recall thinking it felt off-widthy, awkward and generally unpleasant. But it probably didn't help that my partner (mostly a gym climber at the time) decided not to follow, so I got to pull my own awkward gear on rap . . . Jan 28, 2005
vincent L.
Redwood City
vincent L.   Redwood City
5.7 for sure. i tried to chimney the route instead of going deep into the crack , big mistake as the chimney just flares and gets wider as you go higher. "Deflowered" is the perfecr name for this route as i felt i had been dealt the sandbag of a lifetime but then pulled through it with techniques i didn't know i possesed. an awesome route , awkward , painful, scary , FUN .

4 out of 5 stars Mar 12, 2005
Darren D.
Darren D.  
This one has an old-school feel to it. And I'm not old-school. But I liked in none the less. It might be 5.6 if you do it right. Rap rings to climbers left. Mar 28, 2007
Mar' Himmerich
Santa Fe, NM
Mar' Himmerich   Santa Fe, NM
It was my 1st climb in JTree, with my first REAL climbing partner, Karl Kock (who eventually created the "Hardman" comic strip for "Climbing Magazine" 25 years ago).

It was supposed to be a 5.6, so we believed it. I wouldn't have known the difference, back then in 1980. Aug 26, 2008
Instead of "Deflowered," I think a more descriptive name would be "Sold into Slavery and Gang Raped." The climb was heinous! Way harder than Suicide Rock's "The Plague 5-8" but a little less strenuous than "Flake Out's 5-7" unprotectable, skin-tearing chimney. The first 15 feet were an easy scramble followed by a nasty flaring chimney taking small cams way in the back. Upon squeezing upwards to right sided handholds, one climbs up and around a small flake then into another nastier chimney section and vertical flaring crack. The last 25 feet I managed to hold myself in place by squeezing a leg into the crack and awkwardly arm barring my way forward while sinking two #3 blue Camelots ahead of the mantel finish. Don't do this one without health insurance and anticipate the need for skin grafting and knee surgery! Two thumbs down. Nov 16, 2008
Fat Dad
Los Angeles, CA
Fat Dad   Los Angeles, CA
Come on about the horror stories. This was my first lead in the (then) Monument. 14, tennis shoes, about six stoppers and hexes. Felt hard at the time, but I remember the variety of the climbing and savoring the summit. A good route, but it's trad. Plan accordingly. Apr 30, 2009
Newport Beach
Donno   Newport Beach
I've caught 2 leader falls on this route: not for the new 5.6 leader. A classic Josh 5.6 Oct 6, 2009
mark felber
Wheat Ridge, CO
mark felber   Wheat Ridge, CO
Definitely not 5.6, solid 5.7 and getting good pro can be a little tricky. Apr 8, 2011
Matt Hagny  
You can get very reasonable pro with one #4, and then 3s to finger size. You want some finger-size cams for when you divert onto the face and around the flake. Some folks might want a #6 also. No placements for a #5.

I'm a lousy offwidth climber and find this route quite taxing in the wide part. Definitely not a route for the budding leader. Oct 12, 2018
John G
Truckee, CA
John G   Truckee, CA
In hind sight, I already have fond memories of this one. I enjoyed the variety even if I struggled to the point of absolutely fuming in the chimney, having slid back down for the second time. Belayer was highly entertained. I pro'ed the chimney with a #4 that wasn't awesome and I think using the smaller placements would have better — I think it would have drawn me deeper in where the climbing may have been a more friendly kind of difficult? Found great pro otherwise. For me the upper offwidth was knobby stemming then a really good, hidden hold between a yellow then blue camalot, to crack feet, to hands on buckets to mantle top out. Nov 15, 2018