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Arete Route T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
Beast of No Nation T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Burnt Offerings T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Cabin Fever S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Char Broiled T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
Crispy Critters TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Desperado (Roof Variation) T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Dot to Dot T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Fear of Flying T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Ginger Bread T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Harrison Direct Variation T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
Holy Smoke T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Jugs Revisited T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Lesbian Love S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Necklace Traverse "direct" T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
North Ridge T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Robert's Aid Crack T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Smokehouse Brown T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Steppin' Stone T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
T-Bone S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R
Thanksgiving T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Up for Grabs T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Type: Trad, 2 pitches
FA: George Connor, Robert Oravetz, 1975.
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Starts left of "Fear Of Flying".
Take the righthand of two corners. Climb up, undercling right and climb a flake to it's top.
Climb a wide crack or the face to the left, using the crack for pro.
Can be done in one long pitch.
Rappel off back side, 80 Ft.


Pro to 4 inches.
Boston, MA
billysimek   Boston, MA
Watch for heinous rope drag if linking both pitches. Aug 6, 2017
Kelley Gilleran
Sacramento, Ca
Kelley Gilleran   Sacramento, Ca
I agree with wsperry. The left hand variation on knobs is good even if it's runout a bit. The wide crack is more akward to protect (for me). The left runout face option is good if you're comfortable with low angle runouts on big holds. Feb 26, 2016
San Jose/Lafayette
wsperry   San Jose/Lafayette
Did a cool variation for the second pitch,instead of climbing next to the wide crack, I traversed up and left to the corner slinging chickenheads the whole way. Nice and exposed, super fun. Jul 16, 2015
Josh Cameron
Sacramento, California
Josh Cameron   Sacramento, California
I agree with caughtinside. The lower half of this route has flaky hollow sounding rock. And as far as the fun factor goes, it pales in comparison to it's next door neighbor Fear of Flying. Jan 27, 2015
Logan Swartz
Davis, CA
Logan Swartz   Davis, CA
No need for a #4. #3s fit in the upper crack, p2, which is an awesome section!! The flake on the upper section of p1 eats #3s!! Had to do in two pitches since didn't have any #3s for the upper crack. Recommend to bring 3 #3s if you got them. Jan 26, 2014
You can get away without a #4 camalot on the upper part of the first pitch by using a knob tieoff, a bomber number 10 hex, and two #3 camelots To (over)protect the upper crack drop a #10 hex, #3 camelot, knob tieoff, and a #4 camelot prior to topout Apr 23, 2013
Floyd Hayes
Floyd Hayes  
I thought P1, especially the upper half, was just as good if not better than any 5.7 pitch at Lover's Leap. Two BD #4 cams are useful on each pitch. Take along at least a half dozen slings, you'll want them for a short traverse and for gear placed deep in the wide crack. Sep 4, 2011
Daniel Trugman
La Jolla, CA
Daniel Trugman   La Jolla, CA
As Jay said, a 5.7 leader will want a #4. If you are willing to run it out a bit on ~5.7 , you'll be ok with the #3 and the hex, I think. Feb 13, 2011
J. Albers
J. Albers   Colorado
You can get away without a #4, but if I recall, this will require you to runout the last pitch a bit (on the last pitch, you face climb to the left of a pretty wide crack that you stuff gear into). Others can correct me here, but if you are pushing your limit, you may want a wide piece. Feb 11, 2011
Can I get away without a #4 on this route? Currently i only go up to a #3 C4 and a #9 hex. Thanks! Feb 11, 2011
This is a good 5.7. Aug 24, 2010
Oakland CA
caughtinside   Oakland CA
Fun but spooky for 5.7, looks like that whole flake will be on the ground one of these days! Jul 4, 2007