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Pass Time

5.9, Trad, 95 ft (29 m),  Avg: 2.3 from 40 votes
FA: Paul Gleason, Lee Harrell, and Keith Leaman, March 1968
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This climb follows the first crack system to the right of the prominent Captain Hook chimney. The climbing is hand jams and crux finger jams. The easiest descent is to walk right to a tree and rappel 160' to the ground.


standard rack

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R. Miledi and D. Evans, passing time.
[Hide Photo] R. Miledi and D. Evans, passing time.
Andrew half way up making the second traverse.
[Hide Photo] Andrew half way up making the second traverse.

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david baker
jamul, ca
[Hide Comment] Pass time is an excellent crack climb. Start at Capt hook as you climb into the chimney traverse right onto hand crack continue up. At top of crack( groove) Traverse right again onto another crack. Continue up 8 feet and traverse right yet again into another crack that will become a finger crack climb to top rap station at top of climb. May 15, 2006
Visalia, Ca.
[Hide Comment] I see this route is rated just one star however, this turned out to be VERY fun. A good time was had by all... May 2, 2008
tom donnelly
san diego
[Hide Comment] As David said, Vogel's topo is slightly off at the start. Climb the first 15 feet of Capt Hook and then step right.
The rap at the top is 95 feet, not 130.
Good route! Jun 10, 2008
Lucas Dunn
San Marcos
[Hide Comment] I can't believe it was rated 5.8 in the old guide books it's a pretty stout nine the crux in insecure more so then the flower Dec 17, 2009
[Hide Comment] I think this climb is better than the other moderates, Sword of Damocles, Capt. Hook and Frustration, on the Butress. A tricky start gives way to interesting and varied crack climbing... Aug 12, 2010
[Hide Comment] pick a hot, mid summer, monsoonal moisture day if you want to turn this into a surprisingly hard climb! May 14, 2012
[Hide Comment] I noticed that this website does edit/correct some information, so for a bit of trivia, after 46 years, Mountain Project may be the only reference that will finally get the FA information on this climb correct. It was Paul (not Phil) Gleason and Lee (not Larry) Harrell and myself, as a team of three that did the FA in 1968. Phil Gleason will verify. I remember the day well ~ later that same day, Pat Callis and Lee (not Larry) Harrell and Paul and I also did Frustration.

edit~ Thanks, MP for the updates. Aug 7, 2014
[Hide Comment] Hard move, easy section, couple of hard moves easy romp to the top. Pretty fun traversing into the right crack. Dec 29, 2018