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Out of Sight T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
PhD T,TR 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Unknown (maybe Phantom Crack) T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
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Type: Trad, TR, 45 ft
FA: Rick Piggot
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Shared By: EliotAC on May 15, 2010
Admins: Marc Kajut, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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This is one of the longest routes on Woodson. Start at the obvious flake and bust 5.10/+ lieback moves up to where the flake seams out. Switch techniques and use delicate or powerful face moves past 3 bolts (crux).


Walk down past the Out of Sight boulder another 100 yards on the most obvious trail. This trail trends northeast and downhill. The PhD boulder will be on the north side of the trail (to your left). You will walk past a boulder with an obvious OW on your left first. The next boulder is the PhD boulder walk on top to set up a TR. PhD is on the North side.


Thin gear that would most likely blow the flake off and 3 bolts.
3 bolts on top for TR also.


Adam Stackhouse

Adam Stackhouse    
This route is mostly toproped and rarely led. The crux sequence involves a shallow digit to crimp. The feet are "there" but just not at the right position or time. The crack up to the face is fun 5.9 or so. I have a classic photo of Piggot on the route at work. Will post soon. May 17, 2010
Mark K
Mark K  
There is a drilled mono pocket right in the crux sequence. We were able to avoid it without adding too much difficulty; perhaps making it more solid at the 12a grade. Nov 7, 2010
Jordan Cannon
Bishop, CA
Jordan Cannon   Bishop, CA
This is one of my favorite climbs at Woodson mainly because of it's long and varied nature, but it's also far away from crowds and it gets shade all day. Great place for a project! I think it's best not to place gear in the crack if attempting to lead, its sounds like it could break off very easily. Rehearse on TR and then go for it! Fun lead Apr 10, 2016
San Diego, CA
DannyJ   San Diego, CA
Great route with a tenuous crux sequence. Would be very difficult if you avoided using the mono feature like the previous poster has mentioned. Impressed that they were able to do that. Definitely worth the hike in. Directions are accurate. Feb 16, 2017

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