Type: Trad, 90 ft
FA: Ed Kaufer and Keith Cunning, 1980, Re-Lead as Repo Man: Jonny Woodward and Darrel Hensel, 1986
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Shared By: Bryan G on Apr 27, 2010
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This route ascends the golden streak under the roof on the NE Face of the N Astrodome. Crimp your way past four bolts before making some strenuous moves between underclings. The powerful crux, and the insecure thin moves following it, come several feet out from the last 1/4" bolt. Belay at a 2 bolt anchor below the roof. A second pitch leads to the summit.


Starts pretty much the same as Figures, but instead of traversing right go straight up, following the bolts.




Bob Gaines
  5.12a/b R
Bob Gaines  
  5.12a/b R
I replaced the two anchor bolts at the top of Repo Man's first pitch. I was with Scott Cosgrove and we were rappelling to the anchor. When Scott clipped a sling into one of the old bolts and leaned back on it, the bolt broke; it sheared off with just his body weight!!

The four protection bolts on Repo Man are still the old ones placed by Jonny Woodward and Darrel Hensel in 1986 and need an upgrade.

When I toproped Repo Man years ago I found it to be solid 12a. It has some beautiful patina and excellent face climbing, but the pitch is really messed up with the chipped holds and the contrived runout at the top. Jonny passed up some obvious bolt stances- he was a very bold and talented climber back in the day (1986).

Jan 8, 2009
Bryan G
Bryan G   Yosemite
There is a lengthy and interesting discussion regarding the history of the route on the Astroturf page. Maybe these comments could be moved here? I figured it's about time this route got its own page in the MP database.

It's easy to set a toprope on the first pitch while rapping from the summit. See this to locate the anchors. From there make a long rap (70m rope recommended, possibly required) and swing right to reach the P1 anchors of Repo Man. You can also climb the first pitch of Figures and then head up and left after the 5th bolt (see "Astroturf")

I've only TR'd the first pitch myself, so if anyone wants to add a more detailed description of P2, that would be great. Apr 27, 2010
Bob Gaines
  5.12a/b R
Bob Gaines  
  5.12a/b R
Pitch 2: Undercling right (5.10+) then lieback the right side of the huge flake (5.9) up to a bolt anchor. (1 to 3 inch pro for this pitch)

Pitch 3: Up, then left (10+) on steep face past 6 bolts to the top. There are three bolts for the anchor at the very top.

To descend, look south (toward the South Astro Dome)about 40 feet to the first of 2 rap anchors (two less than 100 foot raps to the ground) which badly need replacing BTW. May 27, 2010
The cause of the rock scarring on the first pitch of Powerfinger seemed inconclusive to me when I last looked at it, thirty years ago. I never questioned that there was scarring, only the level of certainty that others espoused, as to its cause. I believe that scarring could just as likely be the result of the cleaning reported by Keith, as that of chipping or enhancing of holds, which the first ascentionists have steadfastly denied doing for over thirty years now.

While recognizing the bold and impressive ascent by Jonny Woodward and Darrell Hensel, in my opinion, the vision and effort that Ed and Keith displayed in the first ascent of Powerfinger is worthy and deserving of full and unqualified credit. I believe their three pitch route should be restored, which would include replacing the fifth bolt on the first pitch so that the route could be climbed and enjoyed by others, safely. Those wishing to measure themselves against the ascent of Woodward and Hensel could do so by opting to not clip the fifth bolt on the first pitch. May 8, 2013
An article on climbing ethics:
splitterchoss.com/2010/03/1… May 8, 2013
Bob, too bad you didn't replace the bolts on the first pitch, the climbing looks really good - I talked some guys into climbing this for photos - when we got there and saw the old bolts, they were like oh hell no! May 8, 2013
Jens K.
San Diego, CA
Jens K.   San Diego, CA
Got on this after the monsoon-like rains stopped. Took a long winger on one of the old bolts because of some debris/wetness on the holds. The bolt I fell on appeared to be pulled out a little bit from the rock but managed to hold the fall. The bolts are time bombs. The route would be amazing if the old hardware was upgraded. Mar 3, 2014
In 1986, just a few years after this piece of rock was originally climbed, it was clear from scarring that several holds on the upper section of the first pitch had been recently changed. The scarring had no realistic way of occurring any other way than via some determined human alteration. Darrell and my ascent was from the ground with no knowledge and I recall the scarring being quite upsetting when we encountered it, so dramatic was it.

By all means please replace the old bolts, but please do not add another. Our ascent was a valid one in the style of the day and the top run out is much worse to look at from the ground than to actually climb. Yes, when you do the crux moves the bolt is a short distance below your feet, but the climbing eases higher up and the top half of the runout is really not too bad. You just have to keep your head and any climber capable of the crux is more than capable of doing this. When you get to the anchor you feel like you've really done a pitch.

jw Jan 1, 2015
Had a quick look at this today. It looks better from the ground than it climbs! It certainly has a few suspicious looking holds! The bolts are looking very bad and certainly need replacing. The top run out seems contrived, but well done Jonny and Darrel for resurrecting the route...you just forgot the last bolt. In its current state it will never get the attention it probably deserves. Even with a rebolt i doubt it will attract much attention. Reinstating it as it was originally done might help! Apr 2, 2015
King Tut
Citrus Heights
King Tut   Citrus Heights
I'd say the FA party deserves an apology from JW and DH for botching the re-bolting of an established route and then unethically claiming it as their own proud rock climb.

1. If you believe it was chipped, then you are a hypocrite for climbing it and especially for claiming it is now your route. That would make you a chipper by association while attempting to claim purity at the same time. The FA is the FA and there is no other, regardless of your thoughts as to how it was done.

2. If you don't believe it was chipped then you also don't have a leg to stand on. You re-bolted an established climb and have no standing to dictate if the original bolts are replaced or not.

3. If you think a bolt shouldn't have been drilled with a hook well, you should then be chopping Figures on a Landscape for consistency. O wait, the guidebook author put that one up.

But hey, props on the bold second ascent! People (myself included) genuinely admire that. Its just what you are doing afterwards that seems a tad "off". :)

Jan 3, 2017