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Bazooka Country

5.12a, Sport, 80 ft,  Avg: 3.4 from 26 votes
FA: Marty Lewis
California > Sierra Eastside > Bishop Area > Owens River Gorge > Upper Gorge > Trestle Wall
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Classic Owen's pumpy edge pulling. Start out by bearhugging small flakes and edges. The crux comes at the 4th bolt and is a balancy yet powerful move leading to a good horizontal. At this point the route used to go straight up but a key hold has broken. You can still go straight up but most people move right, do a long reach and come back left to the jugs. After a good shake on a huge sidepull, pull edges to the top. Pumpy, long and fun.


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Bazooka Country (5.12a), Owens River Gorge
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[Hide Comment] This route is probably my favorite 12a in ORG for both the moves (not all edgin'!) and the setting....pretty rock Mar 26, 2007
Los Angeles
[Hide Comment] There is a bunch of chalk crosses on it, is the route flaking off? Aug 10, 2011
JamesLucas Lucas
Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] there's some bad rock on this one. at the crux, instead of doing a hard deadpoint move, you can go left at 5.11, also the right way around the upper bit is a little scary.
Someone should bring a bazooka and blow this thing up Feb 2, 2012
Steven Roth
[Hide Comment] This thing is awesome. The traverse out right at the 6th is a little far from the last bolt but the climbing isn't hard. I thought the quality was fine and MUCH better than the thing to the right. Apr 8, 2013
Calvin Landrus
Bend, OR
[Hide Comment] The traverse out right and back at the 5th bolt can be avoided with a sidepull, step up to crimp, get on clipping hold, match crimp and stand-up. really fun movement. you might need to be on the tall side for that. Mar 31, 2014