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The Talking Fish
Avg: 2.1 from 10 votes
Routes in Upper Freeway Wall
|Anacram T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b|
|Cakewalk T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Freeway T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R|
|Junkyard God T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R|
|Meaner than a Junkyard Dog T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R|
|MetroLink TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a|
|Nobody Walks in LA T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Sig Alert (aka Cast Up a Highway) T 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b|
|Talking Fish, The T 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b|
|Totally Nuts T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R|
|Type:||Trad, 80 ft|
|FA:||Todd Gordon, Tom Beck, 9/88|
|Page Views:||725 total, 5/month|
|Shared By:||Randy on Feb 5, 2005|
|Admins:||C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes|
DescriptionThis fine route is located near the far right end of the Upper Freeway Wall, and begins about 10 feet right of Cake Walk. Though not given many stars in the past (and thus mostly overlooked), it is definitely worthy of attention (maybe 3 of 5 stars). As good as Anacram and of similar difficulty.
From the get-go, interesting face climbing next to seam (5.10c) is protected by 3 bolts and 1 fixed pin (a 1.5" cam provides additional/optional pro). Past here, easy climbing up a left slanting crack leads to a bulge. Here the crack changes direction again (leaning a bit right). The transition above the bulge involves a few difficult moves (5.10c). Easier climbing up the flared crack; save a couple 1.5 to 2.5 inch cams to provide possible protection. A fairly long enjoyable pitch.
Downclimb the east face (behind the top of Cake Walk) then head down a rocky gully until you can traverse around the south side of the formation and back to the base.