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Air Conditioner T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R
Alpine Fracture Clinic T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
Anything Goes S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Barracuda T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Brush Up T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Carney Trash T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Chicks With Guns T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
D.M.Z. T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Eavesdropping T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Freakshow S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Grab a Handful S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Grainstem S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
He She S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Hey! S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
Last Exit T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Main Attraction T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Milky Way S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
Never Say Never S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Overexposure T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Radioactive Man S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Schlitzy T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Self-Contained Unit S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Show Me the Monkey T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Sideshow T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Social Climber T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Switch Hitter S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Tripping Old Birds S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Wages of Skin T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Type: Trad, 80 ft
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Shared By: andy patterson on Jan 28, 2008
Admins: Aron Quiter, Euan Cameron, AWinters, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Description

Once you scramble up a 3rd class ramp, negotiate the menacing off-width above by, well, staying to the left and bypassing it altogether. After a few scrambly moves (5.9/5.10ish), step ACROSS the off-width to your right, then face climb excellent rock past a couple bolts, then turn the lip onto some edgy slab. Gain the crack--which is now on your left--then charge up a slammer handcrack till the crack abruptly angles right into a traversing finger crack (the crux) with nothing but glacial polish for feet. Fire the finger crack then finish the pitch with 15 feet of stellar hand-jamming.

Location

Far right side of the Gong Show crag. This splitter "splits" the obvious polished face.

Protection

Standard rack with some extra finger-sized pieces (handy for the crux). Also, there are a few bolts, so have some draws handy.
BruceB
Reno, NV
  5.10+
BruceB   Reno, NV
  5.10+
Fantastic route, good pro thru the crux.
I have to agree with Neil that this is probably 11a, or at least 10d. That is if you rate a route as an On Sight. There may be a 10c trick to it, but I never found it.
Go for it! Aug 9, 2015
GhaMby Eagan
Heaven
  5.10c
GhaMby Eagan   Heaven
  5.10c
Neil: there's a trick to making this climb feel like 10c, but I see lots of people doing it the "11a" way. Jul 30, 2014
Neil Rankin
Winston-Salem, NC
  5.11a
Neil Rankin   Winston-Salem, NC
  5.11a
It loses a star because it is a bolted in the "OW" section. With that said, it's a classic for the area and a gorgeous line anywhere. If you're firing through the diagnoling fingers section hoping to be rewarded when you get to the pod, you'll be sorely disappointed. In fact, you'll be entering the crux. Based on doing a lot of other cracks in the Sierra, I think this route is 11a. It is noticeably harder than Last Exit (11a), which is rattly fingers (crux) to an arete, and is just few climbs over to the climber's left of Wages of Skin. Apr 18, 2014
Aerili
Los Alamos, NM
  5.10d
Aerili   Los Alamos, NM
  5.10d
Hammer me if you like, but I think the shorter your arms are the harder it is to get a jam on the crux. The dudes who climbed the route before me told me I would get a great hand jam to assist in pulling through. Um....no. I was desperately trying to pimp the rounded edge of that dogleg (oh the pump at 9200'!) like a common sport climber. (Ok, ok, so sport climbers would have had a way easier time with that than I did!)

At least I know the gear is good on the traverse and the fall of shame is clean, haaaa.

This route is awesome and is physical climbing from start to finish. Jul 26, 2010
Max Joseph
Boulder, CO
Max Joseph   Boulder, CO
With two #5 camalots you can lead this very safely without clipping the bolts. The offwidth is a lot of fun - perfect hand/fist stacks - and goes at 5.10. Then you can voice your outrage towards the person who bolted this crack. Jul 25, 2009
susan peplow
Joshua Tree
susan peplow   Joshua Tree
Abandoning that horizontal crack and lurching (some may call it a dyno) for the slot above is reachy and tough! It's been years, somehow I suspect it's not any easier. Jul 11, 2008
andy patterson
Carpinteria, CA
andy patterson   Carpinteria, CA  
I found this route to be quite challenging and varied: off-width, hand-crack, finger-crack, off-hands, slab, slightly overhanging face-climbing... You name it, it had it. It's the most aesthetic line at the Gong Show crag, in my opinion. Do it--you won't regret it. Jan 29, 2008