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Allen Steck Memorial Route, The T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Almighty (aka Mighty High), The T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Barely Crankin' T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Decepticon T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Just Slightly Ahead of Our Time S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Nolan Ryan T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Snake Dike, The T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R
Three Amigos, The T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Tom Bombadil T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
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Type: Trad, 40 ft
FA: Jim Thoen and Susan Hurst
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Shared By: Woody Stark on Apr 20, 2002
Admins: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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This route is located on the right end of the west face of The Manure Pile formation. This is a fine route that I've led twice and will lead again. The crux is at the beginning and is height dependent; for me at five nine, it's around ten b/c. If you're shorter, well, life's unfair. Once over the initial pullup, the climb swings up and to the left with enjoyable climbing all the way.


Two bolts and a standard rack


C Miller
C Miller   CA  
Decent climb right out of the car (be mindful of nearby campers). The real name of this route is Decepticon, the name of a Transformer-type toy. See the link here -…

FA was probably early to mid 80's I think. Jun 8, 2004
Woody Stark  
I noticed the differences in spelling between Bartlett and Vogel and assumed "Decepticon" was a typo. Jun 8, 2004
Yucca Valley, CA
Locker   Yucca Valley, CA
did it today with Tan. Decent climb! And at 5.8 feet tall, it goes at 5.10a......... Jan 24, 2005
Adam Stackhouse

Adam Stackhouse    
Thoen and his wife were bored when they did this... Jan 28, 2006
tony grice  
3 bolts, bolt 2 is loose, watch out. Fun route, easy TR. Nov 15, 2006
Brandt Allen
Joshua Tree, Cal
Brandt Allen   Joshua Tree, Cal
For me, at 5' 91/2" the route feels like 10a; shorter folk must make one more, much harder fiction move at the first bolt to gain the edge for the left hand.
After the crux, the route goes up and right, not left, although there is a curious bolt to the left between bolts two and three.
There are three bolts on this climb. As of this date the top (third) bolt is still very loose. Jul 27, 2007
Brandt Allen
Joshua Tree, Cal
Brandt Allen   Joshua Tree, Cal
The top bolt has been replaced and is good to go now. Aug 12, 2007
I agree with the other post that shorter folk may have an additional hard move to get to the good hold before the first bolt. At 5'7" that first sequence took me a few tries on top rope before I finally got it. Apr 26, 2010
Jim Thoen
Vista, California
Jim Thoen   Vista, California
Put up in mid 80s using an old rigging axe for a hammer, all I had. Tape I used to haul it tore near the top and just missed Susan -whooo, I wasn't bored after that Adam! (Suuup man?) those were wild times. Added the third bolt in mid 90s. True name "Decepticon" after the toys our boys were playing with. Had passed it over the years and nobody wanted to work it-hence the play on words. May 5, 2011
Cool moves at/above the first bolt. Good left foot, smear with right, reach directly overhead for two-hand crimp. Don't get suckered into the second (or third?) bolt that's way left. Gear anchor. Nov 17, 2012

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