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Flying Scorpion S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
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Shroud, The S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Silverfish S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Thonga de T S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
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Type: Sport, 130 ft
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Shared By: kyber on Jan 6, 2009
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a good long warmup route with nice movements on easy holds..


the small little area right before don q.


lots of draws, probably 14 to 16. also make sure you have a 70 with a knot in the end and can down climb the first bolt or just take two ropes. another option would be to rappel to the anchors of flying scorpion.


Rob Albert
  5.10b PG13
Rob Albert  
  5.10b PG13
Lots of conflicting opinions on rope length on this one - seems to be a manufacturer difference. For example, my Sterling made it to the little boulder, no downclimbing needed. However, the people after us with a brand new Mammut, only made it to the first bolt. As everyone else here says, be very careful, knot your ends, and you'll be fine. All that said, do not miss this route - it is long, varied, and spectacular! Closer to 10b, as most people say, and the bolts are well spaced. Nov 26, 2017
M HawkMan
M HawkMan  
EXCELLENT ROUTE. This route is as good as any .10 you can find in the Potrero.

It is very sustained. I would call it closer to .10b because of how continuous all the moves are for a long way.

Our Maxim 70m worked fine although if you have a Mammut 70m you won't make it. for some reason they are a bit shorter, or maybe our maxim is longer than 70m.

If you are concerned, just rap climbers right to the anchors for Flying Scorpions just beside the ledge with all the plants on it and break it into 2 rappels. Dec 18, 2016
There are some conflicting comments, so I'll add my $0.02 so folks can make their own decision.

When my 99# girlfriend rappelled on a 70m rope, she made it to the 4th class ledge about 4' off the deck. The guys that climbed it after us had a 70m rope, but only made it to the first bolt on rappel.

YMMV. And so may your rope length. Nov 29, 2016
Black Hawk, CO
mountainhick   Black Hawk, CO
Great pitch. Relatively hard for EPC 5.10a rating

My 70m mammut infinity did NOT reach the ground. Belayer climbed up with knotted end in the belay device so i could lower to around the first bolt, then solo down climb from there.

Knot your rope! Feb 15, 2016
Sherie Lou
Washington, DC
Sherie Lou   Washington, DC
Don't miss the rap rings above Flying Scorpion. Rapped with a 70m rope and had to untie and downclimb the last bit (about 3-4 feet?) Feb 6, 2016
Potrero Chico, MEX
MAKB   Potrero Chico, MEX  
Rapped with a 70 just fine Nov 10, 2015
gblauer Blauer
Wayne, PA
gblauer Blauer   Wayne, PA
I love this climb. All 140 feet! you need two ropes to get down or lower to the the anchors on Flying Scorpian. A lot of great moves on this climb. Edges, crimps, jugs...it's all there! Nov 20, 2011
Sam Brotherton
Los Angeles, CA
Sam Brotherton   Los Angeles, CA
a surprisingly good climb - sustained, thoughtful 10a moves to the top. it's totally worth the two raps it takes to get down. Feb 15, 2010
A tricky 10a. Note: a 70 meter rope will NOT get you back to the ground! Jan 7, 2009

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