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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
Unknown T,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13
Unknown route 2 T,TR 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13
Type: Trad, 80 ft
FA: (TR) Eric Rasmussen, Rob Segger & Matt Shubert April 1988, FL: Bob Gaines & Bill Russell, December 1997
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Shared By: Chris Owen on Dec 31, 2001
Admins: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Start by Nobody Walks in LA (5.9), at the yucca beneath the roof. Climb up to the right-hand end of the roof then pull and step up and left onto the face.

Face climbing leads to the crux, a steepening which yields to bouldering moves, above this the face relents to gain the bolt anchor.

A fun climb which contrasts nicely the crack climbs on this face.

Originally a TR which went up the left side of the roof at 5.11a.


Medium cam (2") for under the starting roof, 5 bolts.
Finish straight up for full value, a .75 and 1 C4 will sew it up. Dec 9, 2014
Good route! I thought it felt tenuous for the grade, but then again it is Josh.. Jan 2, 2010
Jeff Scheuerell
Jeff Scheuerell  
Randy is right, if Anacram is 10c Sig Alert is no more than 10b. But I've had a lot less trouble on several 5.11s than on Anacram. I give Sig Alert 10+.

Another good route from Bob, easier than it looks. I found the third, I think, bolt hard to clip. Dec 20, 2009
M. Morley
Sacramento, CA
M. Morley   Sacramento, CA  
Great route, definitely one 10+ move for me, but right at a bolt (bolt #4?). Apr 25, 2006
Chris Owen
Big Bear Lake
Chris Owen   Big Bear Lake  
I agree with Randy did this route again yesterday and thought it easier than Tinker Toys which is 5.10b. Great route! Apr 25, 2006
C Miller
C Miller   CA  
Fun moves on good rock make this a worthy tick. Seems a little easier than Anacram (5.10c). Basically a sport route except for the piece needed at the start. Three stars out of five. Dec 8, 2003
Having just done this climb on Sunday, I would call it 5.10b/c. Good holds and protection; but if Anacram is 5.10c this is no more than 5.10b. Popular and well worth doing. Jan 28, 2003
This route is now called "Sig Alert." First Ascent (Lead) was in December, 1997 by Bob Gaines and Bill Russell. They rated it 5.10d. It takes a slightly different line at the bottom than Cast Up A Highway (start by Nobody Walks In LA) and head up left. The name provides a bit of confussion as there is already a route (A top rope variation; route 490 in the 92 guide) with essentially the same name "Sigalert." 80 foot rap from a 2 bolt anchor. Jan 23, 2003