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5.10 Face TR 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Chouinard's Crack T,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
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Type: Trad, TR, 50 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Aron Quiter on Jul 21, 2002
Admins: Aron Quiter, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Falcon Nesting Closure at Castle Rock Details

Description

This is the prominent crack on the mid-left side of the upper tier. If you're not sure, there's a tree about halfway up the climb. Crux is an interesting section about 25 feet off the ground. Remember to look to your right for additional hands and feet!

Keep in mind that you're leading sandstone before running out your protection.

Protection

Friends from small to 3", and a long sling for the tree. Bring a really long sling (30'+) for a top rope.

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Antonio G.
  5.9
Antonio G.  
  5.9
A 2-bolt anchor station was recently added above the tree that offers top roping for this route with minimal rope drag on the rock. Aug 18, 2013
Scott Coffin
Riverside, CA
5.8- PG13
Scott Coffin   Riverside, CA
5.8- PG13
5.8- at most. Honestly this is 15 feet of slimy, poor-protected crack climbing and 40 feet of even slimier, impossibly-protected 5.6 chimney-ing. Not recommended. Jan 9, 2013
Joe Forrester
Palo Alto
Joe Forrester   Palo Alto
Seriously, 5.9+? There is only one move of 5.8 on the route. Aug 20, 2011
vincent L.
Redwood City
  5.9
vincent L.   Redwood City
  5.9
I also think this route is 5.9 . It was somewhat sandy but still quite fun and worth doing. I belayed my friend up from the top. There are huge scars in the soft rock from repeated toproping. I anchored off a tree about 30 feet back from the end of the climb. Just as I was starting to belay, I noticed a set of anchors right next to me. They are easy to miss, they are on the right side of the top of the route and they actually face away from the route. Nov 30, 2008
Ami Bhatt
  5.9+
Ami Bhatt  
  5.9+
I think this route is fan-bloody-tastic. Next to Amazing face, my favorite at Diablo. It is rated 5.8 in Bay Area Rock - I think it's more appropriately rated on this site as 5.9 or 5.9+.

The crux begins at the flaring of the crack and continues through an area of a couple of good left side lay-backs (with right and/or left hand). It is tricky until you find the small, but plentiful footholds on the right wall and take advantage of palming with the left hand.

To set this route access the large tree about 15 feet from the top of the crack by an easy access route 20 feet or so to the left of the crack. There are *steps* carved into the rock almost all the way to the tree. Dec 5, 2004