Type: Trad, 60 ft
FA: Alan Nelson, 1/85
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Shared By: C Miller on Dec 31, 2004
Admins: C Miller, Greg Opland, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Located on the south face of Cap Rock, almost directly above the parking lot, this route follows the prominent left crack to the face above.

A moderate thin crack at the start leads onto the upper face where two bolts protect somewhat delicate smears to the summit. Gear belay and walk off, or rap from the anchor atop Slim Pickings (65').

Fun climbing, easy access and a warm location make this a good choice on thiose cooler days.


pro to 2.5", 2 bolts (3/8")


I climbed this route for the second time today. I've led it and followed with different partners. We all agree it's a solid 10B moving up from the first bolt. It's an excellent climb. Feb 6, 2004
I thought It was a really fun route if you enjoy mixed gear and face climbing. The bottem is really fun if you like finger cracks--pro was adequate. Use small stoppers or cams to protect. I sewed up the horizional crack before doing a small traverse and mantle to the face climbing. The face was well protected. The face climbing did have a couple of 510b moves, although overall, 5.10a seems fair. While It has no stars on the rating, I thought the climb was fun, safe and the rock was solid. Also, perhaps best of all, it was in the sun and out of the wind. (we had brutal wind chilly gusts all week at Ryan CG).I would add 1-2 stars to it. Mar 1, 2004
Did this route, Slim Pickings and Slimmer Pickins (and others) yesterday. Couldn't say there was any difference in difficulty between Visual Nightmare and Slim Pickings. Everyone thought both maybe 10a/b, but seems previous posters thought harder. Feb 6, 2006