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Black Gold S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Brown Smoothies TR 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Ghost Upstairs, The TR 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Kindergeist T,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Nuggets S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Olas Negras S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Poltergeist TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Snooze T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R
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Type: Sport, 50 ft
FA: Ryan Bello, March 1993.
Page Views: 1,053 total · 11/month
Shared By: John Knight on Sep 14, 2010 with updates from Aaron Formella
Admins: andy patterson, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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"Olas Negras" translates to "Black Waves" in English. When you stand at the base of this overhanging climb you'll understand the name. This bolted climb traverses right and is overhanging the entire way.


This route starts 30' or so to the right of the base of "Black Gold". Due to the traversing nature of the climb it's nearly impossible to Top Rope.


Bring 9 draws (maybe an extra if you drop one). The anchors for this route have been replaced with Fixe Triplex bolts.

Be sure to continue up and right to the correct anchor and not the "Brown Smoothies" anchor.

NOTE - All bolts were replaced summer 2015.
John Knight  
This could be a really cool sport climb if the bolts were replaced. Over the years, I've had several people contact me re: replacing the anchor & lead bolts on "Olas Negras" and the anchor bolts on "Brown Smoothies". If you're interested in helping replace these bolts, please let me know. I think it would be a really great sport route and ALSO a really cool aid route.

John Sep 14, 2010
ryan bello  
You have my "blessing" to replace the bolts. Just try not to add or subtract too many...heehee. Happy climbing guys. Oh yeah...don't forget to enjoy the view. Dec 1, 2013
John Knight  
Hey Ryan,

Just saw this comment! I have been off Mt. Project since my back surgery aboust 2 years ago. Would love to get you out there - for history - if you have a chance. Are you still local? This has been on my "to do list" for bolt replacement for about 10 years. There is a horrible mix of rusty junk on this climb. Some have been removed (not by me) or fallen out! You may be the last one to lead this climb!

Let me know if you can join us when we do the replacement.


John Mar 30, 2015
ryan bello  
All bolts and anchors replaced on Olas Negras. Beefy and ready to have people send one after another. Thanks John Knight and Aaron Formella for the hard work replacing the hardware! Brown Smoothies is a lead climb now as well. 2 fun overhung climbs with one of the best views around. Sep 18, 2015
Aaron Formella
Atascadero, CA
Aaron Formella   Atascadero, CA
2nd (known) ascent: Joe Maier, mid May (18th?) 2015, onsight
3rd (known) ascent: Adam Despo, summer 2015 Apr 19, 2017

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