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Chimney Approach T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Cinco de Mayo T 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Cruise This S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Fat Tuesday T,TR 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a X
Gravy Train T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Launchitude T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Mark's Menace T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
My Dog Has Fleas S 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Never Believe S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Oyster S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Pigs in Zen (Tuesday's Gone) S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Plush S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Pump Handles T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Rabies S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Sandrewf T 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b PG13
Tales From the Hard Side S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
That Eight (aka Kennel Club) S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
They Call Me Cruiser T 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Unknown T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Walking the Dog T 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
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Type: Sport, 80 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: saxfiend on Mar 5, 2007
Admins: saxfiend, Brad "Stonyman" Killough

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The intimidation factor on this nice sport route is the big roof near the top. If you're smart, you'll use the spacious ledge about half-way up to regain some energy for the pumpy finish.

Climb the steep face on good holds past three bolts to a ledge. Trend left, following the bolted line, then move right to a roof. A well-placed bolt protects the final moves to pull the roof on nice jugs.

NOTE: Oyster is the subject of some confusion with neighboring routes on the south side of Holiday block. In the Dixie Cragger's Atlas, the listing for Gravy Train actually describes Oyster, while the listing for Oyster should be labeled as Rabies (5.11a). Some consider Oyster a retrobolt of the trad line Gravy Train, but the two climbs, while close in proximity, are separate routes with distinctly different climbing character.


Starts at the left end of the south side of Holiday Block, just right of Gravy Train. Lower off/rap from anchors.


Eight bolts; ring anchors at the top.


Gus Fontenot
Gus Fontenot   Alabama
this route goes on gear too. If you do it trad, its called "The Real Oyster." Oct 23, 2007
Brad "Stonyman" Killough   Alabama  
I've done this route 20 or so times and I didn't realize it to go trad. That's awesome!! Nov 13, 2008
Decatur, GA
saxfiend   Decatur, GA  
Finally got around to leading Oyster after all these years. Really nice climbing! The rest ledge is a real arm-saver. May 31, 2009
Cres Simpson
Cambridge, MA
Cres Simpson   Cambridge, MA
Great late afternoon climb in cooler weather -- this route gets sun all afternoon.

More 5.8+/5.9ish except for pulling the roof at the top, which felt like a solid 10a move.

Definitely an underrated Sand Rock route -- great views from the top and a solid climb. Jan 28, 2012
Portola, CA
Brandon.Phillips   Portola, CA
This is the farthest left sport route on this side of the wall. Agreed that it was 5.8/9 with a couple of 10a moves thrown in at the top. I would like to try it on gear. Nov 2, 2015

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