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Aenea S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Amarillo By Morning S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Brachiation Dance S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Don't Mess With Muleshoe S 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Endymion S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Goldline S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Hyperion S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Lonestar S 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Poke Salad Annie S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Pretty Good at Drinkin' Beer S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Skyline S 5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c
Urban Cowboy S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Yellow Rose of Texas S 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Type: Sport, 200 ft, 2 pitches
FA: (?) early
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Shared By: Spider Savage on Jan 5, 2010
Admins: jt512, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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5.6 crux is 20 ft from the ground. The rest is 5.2 or less. Others have averaged this and rated it 5.4. HISTORY: this route is a composite of work by several people including myself in 1998 when I replaced and added some bolts. The original 1/4 inch rusty bolts are still at the top. someone recently added a bolt to the crux for some reason. The original line had 80-100 ft runouts. Now the longest is about 40 feet but the climbing is 5.0 on that bit. I took the liberty of naming it Goldline in honor of the cheap nylon climbing ropes we uses in the 1970s.


Hyperion Slab right side.


Quick draws only.
Benjamin Chapman
Small Town, USA
Benjamin Chapman   Small Town, USA
The P1 anchor had a broken bolt. Apparently, folks have been trying to tighten down the 3/8" bolt because the Fixe ring was spinning and the shaft of the bolt broke. It pulled out by hand. A new 1/2" X 4" Powers 5 piece bolt was installed to replace it. May 7, 2016. May 7, 2016
Benjamin Chapman
Small Town, USA
Benjamin Chapman   Small Town, USA
George...while I can't argue with your assertion that 1/2" bolts should be the standard at Texas Canyon, the lead bolts on the Lower East Side weren't placed by Mike. The bolts that Mike placed on his "new" routes on the north side were at North Dallas 40, which lays just west of Lower East Side. As for the hardware on "Goldline," the 2nd bolt with the SMC hanger and the 3rd bolt in the hollow sounding rock were replaced with 1/2" bolts as of 01/04/16. Happy trails.

Jan 1, 2016
Led this last Tues. Pleasantly cool day. A few observations:

The second bolt has a SMC hanger, generally frowned upon by people installing modern bolts. The third bolt is completely surrounded by hollow rock and should be relocated. Because my belayer wasn't going to climb, I clipped the first pair of anchor bolts at 100 feet and kept going. At 200 feet, I was at least 100 feet from the top, so I traversed to a pair of bolts. I rapped and cleaned.

All bolts on this kind of rock should be half-inch thick and five inches long. All of the bolts I saw on this route are merely 3/8s. Mike Draper's new routes on the other side of the rock (Lower East Side) are 1/2 X 5 inches. That's the minimum that everyone should be installing at this place, unless you can place a bolt in a dense, fine-grained cobble that is of sufficient size and is solidly embedded. Apr 27, 2015
Benjamin Chapman
Small Town, USA
Benjamin Chapman   Small Town, USA
The hardware at the 1st belay (sketchy 3/8" allen key bolt w/ homemade hanger) was upgraded in January 2011. There is currently one bolt at the crux of "Goldline" and the holes where the chicken bolts were have been patched. The 1st bolt on P2 has been replaced with a new 3/8" X 4" Powers 5-piece bolt (06-15-11). "Goldline" (5.6) P1 - 5 bolts & P2 - 5 bolts. Jun 6, 2011
Ha! I thought I was going crazy but there did in fact used to be two bolts at the crux! The second bolt might have been unnecessary but it was nice having two bolts on texas canyon rock.. Mar 27, 2011
Tristan Burnham
La Crescenta, CA
Tristan Burnham   La Crescenta, CA
The belays are all fresh, but the first bolt on the 2nd pitch should be replaced soon. Jan 23, 2011
Someone adding bolts to existing routes???? Okay, whatever. Goldline could certainly use a few replacements and an addition here and there. Put one in the middle of the 30 ft run-out to the first belay. Replace that first rusty bolt up the trough from the midway belay. Not much more needed though. Perhaps upgrade belay.

Much new route potential to the right of Goldline if anyone feels like drilling. Oct 14, 2010
Tristan Burnham
La Crescenta, CA
Tristan Burnham   La Crescenta, CA
One of the belay bolts is a sketchy 3/8 allen key bolt w/ a homade hanger. Not the best thing to greet you after a 30ft runout. Apr 19, 2010