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Toe the Line

5.8, Trad, 50 ft (15 m),  Avg: 2 from 47 votes
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This is a fun zig-zag crack. Start 10' left of Willit Slab climbing up a groove past an old relic of a bolt stud. Then make some moves left to a crux crack. Fun moves on clean rock makes this a fun one to do while hanging out in the corridor, but be solid on the bottom and middle part as its not to great on pro.


Pro to 2" Some thin pro can be placed before heading left but not much till then. A chain wrapped under a boulder was the anchor.We rapped down Willit Slab.

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Playing on "Toe The Line".<br>
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"Toe The Line"<br>
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Another butt shot.<br>
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Just before lie back
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Olympia, WA
[Hide Comment] This is a full sun no breeze route, perfect for a sunny cool morning in december. Nice layback finish thats easily protected. Jan 22, 2006
72HW Holly
Minneapolis, MN
[Hide Comment] Since we had the Slab TR'd already, we took a run up this one. My personal rating stays with 5.9, which I think may be a nod to the lieback finish, which we skipped. The bottom 3/4's of the route was tons of fun and quite easy, though I'm sure it would be a different story on lead. Only saw one bolt, with no hanger, that seems to have been driven in the late 70's. Feb 19, 2008
Chris Owen
Big Bear Lake
[Hide Comment] I'd give it 5.8. Feb 2, 2009
Josh Hibbard
Los Angeles Area, CA
[Hide Comment] An oddly placed bolt with no hanger still lies toward the start of this route. Try not to fall on it. I wish someone would yank the bolt.... it would pierce you if you fell on it... perhaps this danger adds to the 5.9 rating :-)
The crack is fun, but wished it was longer... Oct 3, 2010
All up in yo bidniss.
[Hide Comment] There is a rusty bolt beyond P1 anchors that would suggest a second pitch for this or Willit Slab.

Fun little route with easy moves to an easy lieback crack. Nov 13, 2011
Los Angeles, CA
[Hide Comment] Lieback at the top is fun.. Sep 10, 2013
Ryan Bracci
San Juan Capistrano, CA
[Hide Comment] "Lieback"...I guess, but I found jamming to be more fun, and easier, at the top. Gear is thin at the bottom and a little run-out after the first good piece (Green Alien) but you could get a micro-nut in if you like before the second good piece (another Green Alien) if you're a little nervous of the run-out. Jan 21, 2014
Chris D
the couch
[Hide Comment] Great pro in the crack up top, not much below it, but that climbing is really easy. There might be one move of .8 in the crack, nothing that I can imagine anyone would seriously call 5.9.

La Reina, 5.9, is a couple hundred feet away and is in a completely different league of difficulty that this thing. Feb 2, 2014
Benjamin Brooke
San Pedro, CA
  5.8- PG13
[Hide Comment] i found this route to be a really nice lead. the bottom has some runout sections between c3s on thin moves up a seam. the short crack at the top has bomber gear with bomber holds/jams. there is absolutely no way this climbing goes at 5.9. I would rate 8- at most. probably PG13 on secure climbing, especially if you are anticipating a 9. Better than the "classic" 6 next door and not much harder really. Nov 11, 2015
Eric Sorenson
Las Vegas
  5.7 R
[Hide Comment] Climb deserves an R rating. I didn’t have any confidence in any of the 3 pieces I placed at mid-height with nothing below that to prevent a 30’ ground fall.

Whoever installed that chain for an anchor needs to have their head examined. I opted to down climb to the Willit Slab anchor rather rapping off that chain and risk pulling the boulder down onto myself. Mar 13, 2021