Type: Trad, 170 ft, 2 pitches
FA: Mike Graham, Tobin Sorenson & Gib Lewis, 1974
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Shared By: C Miller on Jan 27, 2006
Admins: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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P1) Start about 20' right of some large flakes leaning against the wall (The Guillotine) and climb smooth face up past an overlap (.75 cam) to a bolt shared with Superfluous Bolt, and then continue up and right to another small roof/overlap. Load up the overlap with gear (.65"-1") and then make crimpy moves over the roof (5.10d) to reach a stance and another bolt. Continue past one more bolt (5.9) to reach a bolted belay. Note - it's a 100' rap straight to the ground from this anchor.

P2) Climb unprotected friction moves off the belay to a small flake up and left (thin pro) and then run it out to the top; fortunately the angle quickly kicks back and the climbing, while runout, is much easier.

  • Climbers comfortable at this grade will find this to be an enjoyable and high quality route that seldom sees much traffic. The name of the route is that of a 1972 Pink Floyd album that also was the soundtrack to La Vallee, a French film.


3 bolts, anchor (all 3/8"), gear to 2.5" (mainly thin),


Yes we listened to Pink Floyd back then and it may have influenced the name some. The real story is, a fog rolled in while I was leading the first pitch. For a good portion of the Pitch I couldn’t see Tobin or Gib below. It was quite eerie.

You should be able to avoid the bolt on “Superfluous Bolt” but by all means let your comfort level guide you. Apr 18, 2008
Visalia, Ca.
usetob   Visalia, Ca.
Classic suicide line. scary as hell first time, seems like your wandering around up there.. May 5, 2008
Brandon R
Sacramento, CA
Brandon R   Sacramento, CA
Making the move over the roof was pretty hard. I couldn't come up with a graceful way to do it, instead I pretty much just clawed and scraped my way up it. This might actually be easier for short people, since using the only decent holds left me all scrunched up. May 19, 2008
aaack. The "shared" bolt on superfluous should be ignored if doing the route in the same style as the FA party did. However, it does make it a little more "sporty" getting to the second overlap. Clip it or skip it, your call. Keep in mind though that it wasn't/isn't really part of Obscured. Sep 17, 2009
Northern NM
Souljah   Northern NM
Turned the crux , made the clip , blacked-out. Next thing I knew I was on top.

Superfluous ? Bolt ? What bolt ??? Aug 16, 2011
Soft 10d. I got on some perfect white crimps above the roof and just stood up, it's a little run from there to the next bolt. For P2 some small nuts are good for the flake, then I went up and slightly left to clip the last bolt of Shine On. Seemed like the most likely line that way but I'm sure there was no bolt on the FA. Oct 10, 2016
I don't think R is warranted for the route. Yes, there is runout on the climb but on much easier terrain than the crux. Seemed like normal runout climbing by Suicide standards.

You can nest bomber gear at your feet for the crux and it's an easy move to back off. Great climbing on bullet rock. I didn't clip the bolt on superfluous bolt as the climbing isn't too hard between overlaps -- but you wouldn't want to fall there... Nov 21, 2018