The Houston S
Avg: 2.4 from 15 votes
Routes in John's Wall
|Alberta S 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b|
|Amazon T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Bulges T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b|
|Easter Rising S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a|
|From Aldo to Abbey T,S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Houston S, The S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Nose, The S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b|
|Route 66 T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13|
|Type:||Sport, 55 ft|
|FA:||John Joline, ~1980|
|Page Views:||1,281 total, 11/month|
|Shared By:||George Perkins on Apr 10, 2008|
|Admins:||Mike Howard, Aaron Hobson, Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski|
DescriptionHouston S is the rightmost bolted line on John's. It's cleaner than most at John's Wall, and fun climbing.
The start is shared with a mixed bolted/trad line (Amazon). There's a thin crux between the 2nd and 3rd bolt, which is harder for short people. Angle left on crimpy basalt climbing. The anchor is shared with Easter Rising. Also, rated 5.8 in the old guide.
'Taos Rock' shows a bolted 5.11 variation to this climb, directly climbing the thin face between Houston S and Easter Rising. The lowest bolt on this variation is missing now (not sure how important it is).
Interesting note re: the original name (S, not 5), by JJ below.