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Nuke the Whales

5.9, Sport, 80 ft,  Avg: 2.5 from 51 votes
FA: Greg Barnes, Jonathan duSaint, 12/11/06
California > Sierra Eastside > Bishop Area > Owens River Gorge > Central Gorge > Banana Belt
Access Issue: Bridges Out! IMPORTANT LADWP NEGOTIATIONS!! Details


Fun steep new route, pretty clean for brand new Owens routes.


Starts just right of Environmental Terrorist and heads up and right.


8 bolts, 2 bolt anchor

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[Hide Comment] Still a bit dirty, hope this one cleans up in time as it's a good warmup Feb 9, 2012
Morgan Nutting
Bishop, CA
[Hide Comment] Good warm up Jun 16, 2012
[Hide Comment] That big block flake around the third bolt or so that you move right on seems scary to me...anyone else? Dec 15, 2016
  5.9+ PG13
[Hide Comment] I actually loved this route. The moves are extremely varied and interesting. I's a great warm-up on decent quality rock. The loose bits aren't that bad and it will clean up quickly with some traffic.

I believe the description above might be a partial mis- identification? The Barnes route that was put up earlier is "Paradise" This one is much newer. ( unless Greg put up a second route later?)
Maybe someone can clarify?

Edit- thanks for the clarification- i can see this was put up shortly after the 10th ed guide was published. Feb 28, 2018
[Hide Comment] Same route, Dan pried the block I was talking about, 200+ pounds, off last year. He said it took almost no effort (I would say that's scary). Glad you mentioned it though, now it's gone I can delete. I will add though, now the block is gone the bolt above is harder to clip and I watched several climbers the other day almost blow the clip. Feb 28, 2018
  5.9+ PG13
[Hide Comment] Thanks for the trundle- its a quality route now. Sort of escaped my notice because its a bit of a scramble to get to it .
I never climbed it with the death-flake in play.

The one clip is pretty reachy making it a bit PG-13. Us T-rex's may want to bring a stiffie cheater draw along for safe measure. Mar 1, 2018
Greg Barnes
[Hide Comment] Tried to budge that block in 2006 but it wasn't moving, guess a decade of freeze/thaw loosened it up, big THANKS to Dan for cleaning it off safely!

If anyone gets a chance to move the bolt that'd be great! Or I guess a perma-draw (although that sounds really weird on a low-angle 5.9...). Mar 1, 2018
[Hide Comment] Thanks Greg! Ya it is a very popular climb would be nice to fix it. I will mention it to Dan or Darrell and I will move it next time we have a drill down there. Mar 1, 2018
[Hide Comment] Greg, Darrell and I brought the drill down and had a look. We both felt the bolt, as is, is in the best spot possible without major manipulation or over bolting. Simply lowering the bolt would just make a more dangerous situation higher at the crux. If someone else would like to add a perma draw??? Mar 7, 2018
[Hide Comment] Route is nice and clean now. Big fun! Mar 12, 2018