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Bag of Bones T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Bone Up S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Bury The Bone S 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Butterknife T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Chillin at the Grill S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Darshan (aka Ripoff) S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Expressway S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Feudal Beerlords T 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Fork it Over S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
Nate's Proud Pearl Necklace S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Nirvana S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Offramp S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
One Holer T,S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Orange Peel S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Road kill S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c PG13
Santana S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Scrutinized S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Skeletons in the Closet S 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Spinal Fracture S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Tumbling Dice S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R
Uncertainty Principle S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Type: Sport, 150 ft
FA: Gary Slate & Joe Rousek, 3/90
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Shared By: david goldstein on Jul 29, 2006
Admins: Aron Quiter, Euan Cameron, AWinters, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Description

One of my top five ORG routes. Perfect rock, sustained, intricate climbing and a unique belay, nearly in the river, combine for a memorable sport pitch.

From the very right side of the Social Platform, climb down a man-made rock wall, then traverse above the river to a scaffolding where the belay is established. Santana itself passes 8 bolts on immaculate rock with three cruxes: getting to the roof above the 2nd bolt (long way from B2 to B3, may want supplemental yellow Alien or small nut), above the 5th bolt and above the 7th. The upper cruxes are somewhat atypical for the gorge -- off vertical technical face moves. There are anchors after the 8th bolt (if you rap here, it takes work to keep your ropes out of the river), but for full value, keep going onto the Abraxas finish, 8 more bolts of vertical face (rock quality deteriorates a little) with a 10d crux near the end. From the end of Abraxas, rap 90' to the top of the Hotcake Flake whence another single-rope rap will get you to the ground.

Note: the route was put in before the river was restored. The original start is now underwater as is, I believe, the first bolt.

Protection

17 draws if you go big.

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Andrew Child
Santa Clara
 
Andrew Child   Santa Clara
 
Getting to the platform is not bad. We roped up and traversed in, but the climbing wasn't hard and falling would have been more of an inconvenience than a danger. Dec 20, 2016
cdavey
 
cdavey  
 
climbing a sport pitch above the river like that truly was very memorable. i was newer to climbing when i got on this thing and vividly recall looking down while climbing to grab the rope and seeing my belayers head poke out from beneath the roof and the river below that. so fun. Nov 16, 2015
Simon W
Nowhere Land
Simon W   Nowhere Land
How big of a deal is it getting out to the belay platform?

I was scoping it out from across the river the other day and it looks like a long way from the first platform to the second, without much to work with on the wall.. If it weren't for all the cow shit I'd love to take a swim in the Owens River, but I don't want to get my rope wet! Sep 3, 2014
426
 
426  
 
still a classic, but more fun when you climbed off the mini "beach" Mar 27, 2007