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Type: Trad, 30 ft
FA: Bruce and Denise Christle, 5/90
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Shared By: Aaron Hobson on Feb 26, 2004
Admins: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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This is a beautiful though short crack on a a low angled slab easily visible from south Cap Rock. The climb begins at a short bulge to gain the crack. The crack ends at the top of the slab and it is possible to set an anchor directly above the crack or to move right onto a comfortable ledge above the slab.

The crack is clean and beautiful on the slab, making it worthwhile despite being very short. A good route for beginning leaders.


Pro to 2" for the crack. A larger piece may be useful for anchors.


C Miller
C Miller   CA  
This attractive splitter would be an ideal first (gear) lead. One star out of five. Apr 11, 2005
Yucca Valley, CA
Locker   Yucca Valley, CA
I'll second Chris's comment. I have personally takin quite a few begining trad leaders there because it is in fact a great one to get started on. Protects well and has a good place to learn about placing anchors etc... Also, it can easily be soloed by a more experienced leader in order to help facilitate proper placing of the pro. Inspect as you go............. Apr 11, 2005
Steve Powell
Steve Powell  
agreed. it's a fun little climb. I've led it twice and followed it once. too bad it's not longer. Apr 11, 2005
mmurduff Mic  
The shallow angle and short length of this route does make it a good choice for new leaders. Not to mention the easy approach and walk off (to the climbers right).Protection can be placed before pulling into the crack. An anchor can be built from almost anything. For example, I used four tricams. Nov 29, 2005
Josh Cameron
Sacramento, California
Josh Cameron   Sacramento, California
A great first lead. I'd like to give it more stars but its just so damn short. Jan 26, 2015

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