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Applied Magnetics T,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
Chavez/Mosher T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R
Daddy's Girl S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Enigmatic Voyage TR 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Face Lift T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
Fine Line T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Great Race S,TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Haunted by Waters S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Heckling, The T,TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
Many Happy Returns T,TR 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Orangahang T,TR 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Peels of Laughter T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
Puny Prow T,TR 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R
Return On Investment T 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
Rick's Route T 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c R
Rockocco T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Scrub Job T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13
Too Mucking Futch T,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
Vanishing Flakes T,TR 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Weeny Roofs, The T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R
Young William T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R
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Type: Trad, 105 ft
FA: Hendricks and Cotter, 1983
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Shared By: Jon Hanlon on Feb 19, 2006
Admins: andy patterson, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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This route is on the right hand formation and starts about ten feet to the right of the undercling that marks Rick's Route. you can see an obvious scoop from the ground. Inside the scoop is a bolt (the bolt used to be missing a hanger, but I think it has been replaced). The line continues up past 2 or 3 more bolts and ends on the blocky area (higher than the belay for "Orangahang." Alternately you can wander around the face and traverse to the Orangahang belay.


3-4 bolts, small stoppers.


Matthew Fienup
Ventura, CA
Matthew Fienup   Ventura, CA  
The hanger is not there.

The route most often followed when doing Fine Line is through a smaller hole to the right of the obvious scoop with hangerless bolt. From this smaller hole, climb a thin crack past a ledge. Continue with this crack past a bolt until the crack itself disappears. Passing this bolt is the crux of the route (5.9). Face climbing leads to the massive crack/corner/gully above. Exiting the crack near the end of the route is also 5.9, and sports a protection bolt.

The top of Fine Line is equipped with two 12mm Fixe Glue-ins and one 1/2" five-piece Rawl-style expansion bolt with chain.

RAPPELLING ON A SINGLE 60m ROPE WILL NOT GET YOU TO THE START OF THE ROUTE. Be Careful! Rappel onto the ledge that is above and to the right of Fine Line.

DO NOT try to lower the lead climber. Feb 24, 2006
Matthew Fienup
Ventura, CA
Matthew Fienup   Ventura, CA  
The cruxes of Fine Line are very well protected; however, there are significant runouts on easy ground. Feb 24, 2006
Jon Hanlon
Jon Hanlon   SLO
I didn't realize that bolts and chains have been added to this route. It was always possible to belay using trees and gear. Feb 25, 2006
Joseph Stover
Batesville, AR
Joseph Stover   Batesville, AR
Hanger is still missing, and the bolt wiggles. Could be cinched with a wire, although the crack above the dish might have good pro (I didn't climb it). Mar 6, 2011
andy patterson
Carpinteria, CA
andy patterson   Carpinteria, CA  
Incredible line. One of my top 5 at SY for sure. Despite the few runouts, this route is a great option for someone looking to hone their gear-placement skills. There's some fabulous cracks and seams. Sep 10, 2013
This is really an excellent climb. There's a lot of variation down low on the slab. Fun!

The above comment about using a 60 meter rope is spot on. Tie cat knots and lower carefully. You can, however, top rope with a 60m. The belayer just has to stand on the upper ledge where you rappel to. Nov 15, 2016

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