Type: Trad, 70 ft
FA: Herb Laeger and Howard Doyle 1977
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Shared By: Woody Stark on Nov 25, 2002
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Start about thirty feet to the right of Death on the Nile (5.10a). Climb the left slanting crack to a ledge. You can belay here if you wish. Surmount the corner, and climb to the top. I've always found the crux to be the move at the top.


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I think the left slanting crack at the start took 3 cams in the .75ish range. If you want to top rope this one you need to leave a cam in the lower crack for a directional. The crux is topping out off a layback move using the hand crack for additional puchase. Be sure to climb the face to the left of the corner and not the actual corner which is probably 5.10+. Jan 23, 2005
Brian Hench
Costa Mesa, CA
  5.7 PG13
Brian Hench   Costa Mesa, CA
  5.7 PG13
Place a Red Camalot in the corner and put a double sling on it. It won't keep you from hitting the ledge but it will keep you from falling off the ledge. There are places to place pro on the face. May 12, 2008
BCramer   Prescott
It looks as if there are at least two starts that will get you to the ledge. Climb a left leaning crack out right on gear (Mentioned in original route description, 5.7) or big edge face moves with two bolts (shown in Blitzo's beta photo, somewhat harder than 5.7). In either case, putting in a directional where you pull onto the ledge is a good idea to protect the second from swinging out left if they come off. Once on the ledge there are two finishes. Climb the overhanging corner crack directly (5.10+) or climb the slab left of the corner (pro in the corner to keep you from a big fall, easy to crux exit crack move 5.7).

Apr 26, 2012
Edward Pyune
Las Vegas, NV
Edward Pyune   Las Vegas, NV
As of this post, there is a 3rd bolt near the line in the picture above that traverses left and then up onto the ledge of Deceptive Corner. 5.10- May 5, 2014
Jeff Scofield
Yorba Linda, CA
Jeff Scofield   Yorba Linda, CA
I agree with BCramer led this today with absolutely no beta. We went to Echo Cove to escape the 50 MPH winds. If you climb the over hanging crack you can only get in one piece and no F'n way it's 5.7 more like 5.10+. I did the face just to the left and kept it 5.7 more like 5.8 but hey it's Josh and it's an adventure! do this climb fun but do the blue dot line of BCramer Apr 25, 2016
San Diego, CA
steverett   San Diego, CA
I climbed straight up the dihedral (I assumed from the name of the route, it went up the dihedral). Did some stemming at the start. Felt like 5.9 to me. Pro was ok.

Stepped left at the top of the dihedral then back right to finish up in the hand crack. Mar 26, 2017