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Routes in The Grotto

... S 3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a
Air Ranger S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Crash Test Dummy S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Dipstick S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Game Boy S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Garden of Expectations S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Intensity S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Junior S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Little Giant S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Lowrider S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Mirror of Erised S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Miss Pacman S 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Mystic River S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Nimrod S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Puffing Hunchback S 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Rats & Bats S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Slammer S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Stairway to Heaven S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Stinger S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Stubby S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Superfly S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Wonder Woman S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Xanadu S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
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Type: Sport, 40 ft
FA: Hinds and Anderson 1998
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Shared By: Meredith DB on May 21, 2006
Admins: jt512, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Description

Start from a boulder in the stream. Climb up along the arete. At the top, go left to the anchors shared with Miss Pacman.

Location

This climb is in the Grotto, the first climbing area encountered on the approach trail. This climb is on a small wall on the near (west) side of the canyon, the opposite side of most of the other climbs. Game Boy is the rightmost of two climbs on this wall.

Protection

5 bolts, open shut anchors.

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Matthew Fienup
Ventura, CA
  5.9
Matthew Fienup   Ventura, CA  
  5.9
This route feels substantially harder to me than Miss Pacman, to its left. Sep 30, 2008
Brian Hench
Costa Mesa, CA
5.10-
Brian Hench   Costa Mesa, CA
5.10-
The rating is a sandbag. It IS much harder than the route to the left. May 17, 2010
Violet
CA
 
Violet   CA
 
Contrary to previous reviews, I didn't find this route harder than Ms Pacman to its left, but I might put them on par with each other. I led both, and the only hairy move on Gameboy for a short person like me was getting getting clipped into the first bolt. I had to leave the deck over a serious potential fall to get clipped in. Feb 6, 2012
Benjamin Chapman
Small Town, USA
  5.9
Benjamin Chapman   Small Town, USA
  5.9
I have to agree with Matthew and Brian regarding the comparison in difficulty between Ms. Pacman (L) and Gameboy (R)). The opening moves on Gameboy seem significantly harder than anything on Ms. Pacman, height issues or not. Jun 16, 2013
alex carey
Los Angeles, CA
  5.9
alex carey   Los Angeles, CA
  5.9
both top anchors were quite loose. Aug 14, 2013
I took a whip between 1st and 2nd bolts on this recently. Got lucky and landed in the big hole rather than hitting the rock next to it. My belayer did a great job catching me. My sense is that there are holds missing on this route that were there before. I'd climbed Game Boy previously and don't remember it being that hard. Or maybe I was just tired after a long day? Jun 5, 2017

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