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Routes in Batman Rock

Backbone Arete S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Bat Crack T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Batman's Girdle T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Carpenter's Corner T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
China Loving Blues T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Clowntime is Over T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Coors Roof T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C1
Dark Night, The TR 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Gobs of Blobs T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
Hand Jive T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Hand Over Hand T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Marlin Alley T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
No Known Cure T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Riddler Right T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
Rockheads T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Spaziergang T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Station to Station T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Summer Breeze T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Type: Trad, 400 ft, 2 pitches
FA: Billy Westbay and Michael Covington
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Shared By: Leo Paik on Mar 13, 2002
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Cool rock. The name is perfect. This starts on the right side/SE face of Batman Rock. Hike up the trail to Batman Rock, traverse right along its base. 25-40 minute walk.

The start is left of a shrub juniper on the big ledge across the bottom of the SE face. It is just right of the big, triangular flake in the center of the photo with the acute rightward & up pointing triangular shadow. Just right of the start is a ledge with at least 4 trees. When you find yourself near the start, there is a series of holds on the right side of the wall here that looks 5.7ish. The rest looks harder. The angle of the wall diminishes markedly after 20-25 feet. The start is shared with Hand Over Hand & Clowntime is Over.]

Pitch 1: Go up a steeper face perhaps 20 feet (easy 5.7) on good knobs, a #3 Friend is useful. You can sling a horn (weight useful). When you reach the slab, traverse left. Find wonderful knobs here that make this traverse easy but memorable. Think about your second and protect this when you can! There are couple places to belay in this sea of knobs.

Pitch 2: continue this traverse to a corner and belay (slightly awkward). #3, #3 1/2 Friend, hexes are useful for the belay. Pitch 3 (shared with Station to Station): jam up a bulge (crux) in the corner and move right to easier terrain.

In old guides this is rated 5.7. Due to the risk for the second and falling leaders on the traverse, I gave is an S or R, although traditionally, it has not carried such a warning.

A great moderate link-up with Batman and Robin and/or Osiris for bonus mileage.

Bird nesting closure may affect accessibility. Check first.


Light rack to #3 1/2 Friend, hexes.


Another good landmark for the start of this route is the route 'Hand Over Hand' -- a fairly obvious steep 5.7 crack that doesn't reach the ground. The start of both routes is the same and is the featured knobby face almost directly below the Hand Over Hand crack. Sep 23, 2002