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Routes in Sespe Gorge (Black Wall)
|Bee Line T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13|
|Black Wall Traverse V2 5+|
|Boss Man, The T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Chips Block T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13|
|Edge of Night T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R|
|Ending Crack T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13|
|Floyd T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|Glory Days S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c|
|Half Ascent T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R|
|Lost in the Sespe T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13|
|Mrs. Murphy's Rusty Old Packard T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13|
|Pine to Pine T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b|
|Pipe Cleaner T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b|
|Roadside Cracks T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b|
|Tree Root T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a|
|Wadka T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R|
|Wasp/The Sting, The T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b R|
|White Spider, The T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R|
|Type:||Trad, 300 ft, 2 pitches|
|FA:||Steve Tucker & Joe Roland (late 70s)|
|Page Views:||1,445 total, 13/month|
|Shared By:||Matthew Fienup on Aug 24, 2008|
|Admins:||andy patterson, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes|
DescriptionOld-school adventure climbing at its best--and not your typical outing at Sespe Gorge.
Those who don't mind the extra lichen and who aren't afraid of tricky gear will be richly rewarded by this route. The climbing is a big step up physically and psychologically from Ending Crack.
The route follows a single crack system that climbs nearly straight up the wall past several small trees.
At the top of P1, there are two hangars with rap rings.
LocationOn the far right side of the Black Wall is a large, broken pillar that lays against the main face. About ten feet right of this pillar is a thin crack that runs straight upward past several small trees (including a 10-foot tall tree that is almost level with the top of the pillar).
To access the start of the route, first identify the gaping 4th-class gully that marks the end of the wall on the right hand side. From the creek, scramble directly up to the base of the gully. Traverse along a narrow ledge to the left to the base of the crack.
Descend Bee Line by rappelling the route with 2 ropes (2 raps are required from trees). There is a sling wad that incorporates two pitons and several small trees about mid-height on the wall. If the sling isn't your style, there are two hangars with rap rings to make things a bit easier. It is apparently also possible to descend the gaping, 4th-class gully to the right of the route.