Type: Trad, 800 ft (242 m), 5 pitches, Grade III
FA: Nathan Brown, Tony Spainhour
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Shared By: nbrown on Nov 15, 2007
Admins: Ky Bishop, Steve Lineberry, Aaron Parlier

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This is the first new route to be legally completed since the acquisition of LK by the CCC, hence the name. It roughly follows an old incomplete line for the first 1 1/2 pitches, dubbed "Green Eggs and Ham" (Jerry Roberts and company). It also merges into the illegally bolted and subsequently chopped (not by us) route "Mirage" for about 80' on pitches 3-4.

Of special note: This route dries very quickly and is a good choice after a rain, even if the other grooves are waterfalls. The first pitches are friction slab, and avoid the potentially wet grooves. By the time that you make it to the grooves up higher, the sun has already had enough time to dry the wall off.

Start on the short right facing flake that is located between "Honeranger" and "Oasis".

P-1 Follow this to a line of 5 bolts, interspersed with a couple of gear placements, to a 2 bolt anchor (5.10+ 100'). Note: the fixed rp was removed and replaced with a bolt (with re-spacing) on 1/14/2014.

P-2 Step out right and follow the bolts up and leftward, then back up and right to the 2 bolt anchor (5.10 180').

P-3 Climb past 2 bolts up and rightward to the dark and more featured water streak. Get some thin gear (small RP and hybrid alien) and move up to another bolt. Continue up past more gear to a leftward traverse that leads to a 2 bolt anchor (5.9 130').

P-4 The Phantom-bolts pitch! (ask Wayne R where the name comes from...) Move right up the ramp and climb up past 2 bolts and then gear to a small sloping ledge at a bush. Get a good rest here, and then fire the sustained shallow watergroove above past 7 more bolts to a 2 bolt anchor at a great ledge (5.10++/11a 180').

P-5 It is best to step up (via aiding off of anchor) to clip the first bolt before stepping back down and freeing the crux. Climb the very thin crux to a small flare (protects with smallest hybrid alien/TCU or the perfectly placed nut), and climb past another bolt and some gear to a funky transition into the watergroove above. Continue past 2 more bolts and possibly some hybrid friends to a 2 bolt anchor (solid 5.11, 150').

Either continue up and slightly right into the last 2 pitches of "Fathom", or rappel off.

For anyone interested in a historical note regarding the controversy: The CCC, not the FA party, did the chopping of the Mirage bolts but somehow missed the two located at the beginning of the 4th pitch. We re-located the first one down a couple feet to provide better spacing as they were originally only about 3' apart, but left the second one where it was. 

Location Suggest change

Start in the short right facing flake that is located between "Honeranger" and "Oasis". There is a strange looking "X" in the rock where 2 quartz bands meet. "X" marks the spot.

Protection Suggest change

Light rack, including RP's and a selection of hybrid aliens. Also possibly a few medium sized hybrid friends.