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5.9+, Sport, Alpine, 70 ft (21 m),
Avg: 2.5 from 30 votes
FA: Todd Graham, 2000
California > Sierra Eastside > Mammoth Lakes Area > Lake George > Horseshoe Piles > Wavy Gravy Wall
Look for the large ring bolts on the slab on the right.
Passing the 2nd, 4th and 6th bolts provide the interest.
Located on the slab on the right of the crag. This line takes the right bolted route.
8 bolts, double anchors.
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Midway up Autumn Storm, 5.8
Autumn Storm (5.8+), takes the line up the center.
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Just did this route and found it quite challenging for the old rating of 5.8, which is, face it folks, kind of a sand bag. One rater gave it a 10a, which is not unreasonable. I gave it a 9+. I think most 5.8 leaders would struggle HARD on this one. It's a fun route, and I noticed ALL the 5.8 raters gave it a 5.8+ because it's freakin' hard for the original 5.8 rating. Yeah, because it's not 5.8. Figure solid 5.9, maybe harder, and you'll be fine. Go expecting a 5.8 cruise, you'll be surprised.
Jul 19, 2014
Mammoth Lakes, Ca
BAd is spot on with the rating. Dont under estimate this climb. Climb it as if it were a 10a and you'll be much better off
Aug 8, 2014
Sunny Slopes + Berkeley, CA
Fun route! Not sure what exactly happens at the 2nd or 6th bolt, but the area around the 4th bolt caught my attention. I tend to rate routes on a conservative, old-school, JTree/Valley YDS scale but even by that standard I would not give this 5.8+...
Aug 11, 2014
Mammoth Lakes, CA
the Mammoth Area Rock Climbs book calls this 10a
Sep 17, 2014
Randy in Ridgecrest
Well! I glad to see the consensus is 9+. I got on this "5.8" first and started thinking either ratings are different here, or my hangover from yesterday was worse than I thought. Good climbing somewhat marred by ledges
Jul 31, 2016
And if you're short (I'm 5'3" with a negative ape index), this is definitely 10a, maybe a little harder. It's a long reach to the crux handholds. Everything else, though, goes just fine, and it's a great little climb.
Aug 6, 2019
Just did this again recently. 10a seems about right. Really fun, and a cool distinct crux mid-way. Love it!
Aug 7, 2019
Rod William Young
Los Angeles, CA
Time to replace those rusty hangers!
Jul 12, 2020