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Routes in Struggler Cliff

Big Surprise TR 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Go to the Corner TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Knobby Face TR 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Knobby Wall+ TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Splitter T,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Struggler T,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Surprise T,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Swinger TR 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Type: TR, 30 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Brad Allender on Dec 3, 2005
Admins: Aron Quiter, Lurker, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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This climb follows the obvious knobs to the right of of splitter up the 10 foot vertical face. Easier lower angle climbing gets you to the top.

Most variations of this line are 5.6 to 5.7, but as always, harder moves exist further outside the rope line.


Toprope this climb from the tree as you start going down the gully to the climbs. Cottrell's guide shows 2 bolts for an anchor, but they don't seem to be there.


Boriss   Sacramento
Fun solo. Jan 9, 2017
Justin Johnsen
Nor Cal
Justin Johnsen   Nor Cal  
I renamed this route to Knobby Wall+, which is what the Cottrell guide calls the section of wall described here.

Knobby Wall (no plus) is the far left section of the Struggler. Jan 21, 2014
Tim Camuti
Placerville, CA
Tim Camuti   Placerville, CA
The climb called Knobby Wall is LEFT OF SURPRISE (the wide offwidth). Two 3/8 inch bolts with Fixe hangers are atop the climb.

Can be a hard start for such a low rated climb. Nov 10, 2009
Brad Allender
Alameda, CA
Brad Allender   Alameda, CA
Just a clarification. I did not mean to rate this climb a "bomb." It is nothing spectacular, but worth doing if you are there. Its just a very short section of climbing. Nice for your very beginner friends though. Dec 8, 2005