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Africa Flake T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Boogaloo Direct T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Cheap Thrills T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Crater Maker (aka Dark Side of the Moon) T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
Dark Angel (aka The Ghost) T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Drain Pipe S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Edger Sanction T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
English Hanging Gardens T 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Frontal Lobotomy S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Giant Step S 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Hard Trough, The T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Headwall T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Kwanku Dai T 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
Left Flake T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Let It Bleed S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Mad Dogs T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Mind Bender T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Northwest Passage T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Pudnurtle T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Puppy Chow T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Puppy Dog T,S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Raging Slab S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Rat Crack T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Rat Crack Variation T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Raw Deal T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Right Flake T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Roof, The T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Slabbergasted TR 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Slabtacular TR 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Toprope Problem T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
Trough, The T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Upper Crack T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Variation to Boogaloo T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Virgin, The T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Wedunett T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Type: Trad, 70 ft
FA: FFA: John Gosling 1970
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Shared By: Adam Stackhouse on Feb 28, 2006
Admins: C Miller, Euan Cameron, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Description

This bolted route runs up the leftmost dark water streak right of the Rat Crack. Its start is very hard, with the first bolt coming after some serious moves. It was initially rated 11b and considered a sandbag. It rarely sees action mostly because of the nature of Big Rock's clientele, and the tough start.

Protection

Four bolts, bolted anchor

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Curt Shannon
  5.12a/b
Curt Shannon  
  5.12a/b
Definitely a sandbag at 5.11 of any kind. This was the one route at Big Rock that I would want to do every time I went there--certainly the best climb at the crag, IMO. I'm somewhat surprised by the low star (quality) ratings.

Curt Oct 10, 2016
Keith Leaman
  5.12
Keith Leaman  
  5.12
It's good to finally get a consensus on the difficulty of EHG. I was with Dr. John Gosling and the Gleason brothers during the first ascent in 1970. We each took our turns leading it after John (sans clip stick!). Naturally, almost 50 years ago, we were hesitant to rate anything higher than 5.9 and only joked about something being rated 5.12, but there it is.

Pat Merrill made the first hand-drawn guide to Big Rock in 1970 and had EHG rated as 5.9! We all laughed at that when Phil and I saw the first copies. I think we all decided it had to be at least 5.10, and that we should probably accept the fact that some of the climbing we were doing should receive a 5.11 rating as well.

Those first moves over the overhang were really thin and quite memorable. The next time I talk to Dr. Gosling I'll ask if he remembers the climb. He teaches at Stanford Medical School. May 16, 2014
Did this a few times in the 80's. It's a stem/mantle with a high reach, after you stick clip the bolt. Kevin Powell called it 11d back then, said 'you've got to want it'. Probably 12a or b Jul 3, 2013
Bruce Diffenbaugh
Cheyenne,Wyoming
  5.12+
Bruce Diffenbaugh   Cheyenne,Wyoming
  5.12+
It is most definitely sand bag at 11d the opening move is the whole thing its a nasty 5.12+ in your face mantle I have worked on it for hours years ago and never pulled it off only seen it done once and that was by one of the original Riverside Quarry developers. Feb 5, 2008
C Miller
CA
  5.12a
C Miller   CA  
  5.12a
Decent enough climbing, but it's rarely done as most people are there to climb the moderate slabs. Mar 7, 2006