Type: Sport, 130 ft, 2 pitches
FA: Tim Standing, Sheryl Bennett 2007
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5.6** to first anchor. Start several feet right of "Riders of the Purple Sage" Climb passing 5 bolts, move right crossing "Lone Ranger" to the first anchor.
5.7*** To second anchor. Face climbing passes 7 more bolts to anchor, 115'.


over a year ago i saw a note on tape on the first bolt about no anchors.

does anyone know the status of both anchors? I know there was some bolt replacement work last season.

thx. Feb 9, 2011
new anchors have been installed. we got off route and finished up to the top to the right of I4I anchors - maybe 5.8/9. Mar 23, 2011
Matt N
Santa Barbara, CA
Matt N   Santa Barbara, CA
Today, (4/17/11) we climbed riders of the purple sage, but noted the second bolt was missing its hanger on eye for an eye. Apr 17, 2011
Justin Tomlinson
Monrovia, CA
Justin Tomlinson   Monrovia, CA
As of yesterday, the second bolt is still missing its hanger. May 29, 2011
Aaron Slaven
Fresno, CA
Aaron Slaven   Fresno, CA
2nd bolt still missing hanger - 6/18/11 Jun 21, 2011
Matt N
Santa Barbara, CA
Matt N   Santa Barbara, CA
Hanger still missing - stud appears solid.
We led Riders and clipped the 3rd bolt of Eye on lower and pulled the rope and had a top rope up to there to protect the start. Cinching a nut on there would work too. Dec 12, 2011
Oak Park, CA
Sean   Oak Park, CA
Clipped hanger-equipped P1 2nd bolt on 2/16/2013.

The second pitch anchor, as depicted in the new Bishop Area Rock Climbs and in topo photo here, can clearly be seen from the ground. Only 3 bolts on P2 lead to that anchor actually, as in one doesn't cross the highest crack climbing up and right onto the slab face with 4 more bolts that lead to the summit. A subtle bulge obscures the view of this P2 anchor the whole way once one is on the route. Instead of saying either 3 bolts to that lower P2 anchor or 7 bolts to the summit topside rap anchor, that book says 12 bolts for the second pitch and the route description here says 7 bolts to the lower P2 anchor shown in topo photo, both incorrect. Other bolted routes exist to the right of Eye For An Eye, rated 5.8 to 5.9. The aforementioned top 4 bolts leading to the summit seem to be the finish of the adjacent route immediately to the right, as the face climbing to the summit felt a tad harder than 5.7. But, hey, shoot for the summit if comfortable with that, for the extra climbing and nice view up top.

Distance from summit to ground is more than 120 ft, as rapping with our 70 m rope did not reach the ground. Straightforward though to get back to first pitch anchor and do a second rap from there to the ground. Feb 18, 2013
Chris Owen
Big Bear Lake
Chris Owen   Big Bear Lake  
All well equipped now. No mussy hooks at the top of the second pitch only links. We chose to rap the route - two raps. Tremendous second pitch which gets more and more though provoking as it steepens towards the top - great views when sitting on top bringing up the second, that's why I did it that way -- just to ponder a while.

Looks like I took Sean's option, crossing rightwards over the crack and shooting for the top - I think that's the way to go but yes harder than 5.7. Mar 17, 2013
Foothill Ranch, CA
Dreifert   Foothill Ranch, CA
Nice view from the top. Linked both pitches and did two raps with 60m to get down. Both anchors looked great. Mar 25, 2013
Matthew Fienup
Ventura, CA
Matthew Fienup   Ventura, CA  
Today we climbed to the top anchor shown in the Bishop Area Rock Climbs book and in this topo. This variation has only 9 or 10 bolts, not 12 as indicated in the guide book. When we tried to lower off on a 70m rope, we ended up fully 20 feet short -- it is not possible to lower off with a 70 as the guidebook claims.

Terrific route though! There is one thought-provoking move well above the 8th bolt. Feb 8, 2016
Lowered with an 80m rope with just a bit to spare. Apr 3, 2016
Beau Griffith
Fresno, CA
Beau Griffith   Fresno, CA
Guidebook is indeed misleading; the second pitch certainly does not have 12 bolts. Unsure the exact distance to lower directly to ground from summit but sounds as though it's even longer than 35m. I was easily able to lower my second back to P1 anchors directly after sending, rig a quick rappel down to them and set up a rappel from P1 anchors to reach bottom. Long story short a lot of options to get down safely, choose your favorite.

Additionally this is the only climb I've seen in Lost Eye without mussy hooks at the top, so bring runners and lockers. The anchors at the top of P2 do not make for a very comfortable top belay so perhaps belay from waist indirectly.

Outstanding climb to practice multipitch for new leaders or teams. Great view from the top. Dec 31, 2016