Type: Trad, 80 ft
FA: Jim Bridwell, Dave Bircheff, Wayne Steinert 3/65
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Shared By: Marty Brenner on Sep 30, 2006
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Ordeal 5.8

Toward the right half of Discovery Wall is a left-facing corner with a nice, roof-like overhang. Start climbing up the crack and toward the roof. There is a bolt, then a fixed pin under the roof. The pin seems good and solid, but you can easily place a back-up piece. Then you get to make improbable face moves out left, before climbing up around the roof's left side. Do not stop at the intermediate belay bolts unless setting up a TR for the bottom half. Continue up the crack up to a ledge with another bolt, which somewhat protects the final headwall. There are anchor bolts in the obvious notch at the top.

This is an excellent route with solid rock. It eats up good pro, plus has several bolts along the way.

Rack: standard Discovery Wall rack - med/large nuts, small/medium cams; a Yates Screamer or two is always a good idea also.


M. Morley
Sacramento, CA
M. Morley   Sacramento, CA  
Certainly one of the more classic Pinnacles routes, but "best single pitch of 5.8 in California" might be a bit of a stretch! Aug 23, 2008
Floyd Hayes
Floyd Hayes  
It felt like 5.9 when I first led it. The second time I moved a few feet farther left from the leaning crack at the crux and it was much easier, like 5.8. Look for the better holds out there on the wall. The last bolt might be out of reach if you're shorter than 4'6". Oct 10, 2011
Mathew G
Mathew G  
For some reason this felt like a 5.8/5.9 route with one 11a move. I surely must have missed something when under that roof. Mar 7, 2012
Classic! Great climbing with good opportunities for pro before the first bolt (nuts, small/medium cams). Fixed pin just below the crux, can be backed up with an orange Metolius cam. A couple of thin and improbable moves left take you out of the cave/roof (crux) to some thoroughly enjoyable jamming (mostly hands, but fists and fingers in places) and face climbing above. Fantastic route. Mar 14, 2012
Michael Dreyfus-Pai
Oakland, CA
Michael Dreyfus-Pai   Oakland, CA
Really fun! I'd call the majority of it 5.6-7 with the 5.8 coming from two thinner slab moves between the piton and grabbing the monster horn at the end of the roof. ElGreco is spot on. Plenty of good pro, and inspiring bolts when you need them. Can be toproped (just barely!) with 60m. Anchors both solid, although one hanger is an oxidized L bracket of unknown make. Nov 10, 2017