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Routes in Kernville Rock (a.k.a. Kern Slabs)

Branscum-Martin Route S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
Chouinard Special T,S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Claustrophobia Crack T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Claustrophobia Direct Start T,TR 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Cornflakes T,TR 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a X
Dirty Dishes S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Fine Line S 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Friction Slab T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Initiation Crack T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Just for Kicks S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Lieback, The T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Sight Unseen S 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
Top Out T 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13
Well it Looked Easy! T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
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Type: Sport, 170 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: mtoensing on Jun 3, 2009
Admins: Matthew Fienup, Muscrat, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Start on a section of lower angle rock with some flakes to place stoppers on. Climb to a ledge where the first bolt is, about 25 feet off the ground. Climb past 12 bolts (sport-ish) on the slab to a bolted anchor over 170 feet high. The sixth bolt is doubled for the rappel back down.


About 50 feet to the right of Initiation Crack and just to the right of Bugging Around. A large tree/bush lies just to the left of this route to provide shade in summer months. To locate the route, look for a line of five tightly-spaced bolts starting 30 feet up.


Some wires for the start and QD's for the bolts. 2 bolt anchor on top.


Matt N
Santa Barbara, CA
Matt N   Santa Barbara, CA
Good route - edgy and fairly sustained. Was happy to have all those bolts. Jan 12, 2014

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