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Born on the 4th of July S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Build The Wall S 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
Burn The Wall S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Camel Straight S 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Choss Is A Ladder S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Cialis Stud S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Cig-arete S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Climb it Change S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Commitment Issues S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Crack Horror S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Delicious S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Family Jewel S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Feats of Strength S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Feel The Bern S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Gorgeous S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Joe's Bloody Finger Pocket S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
K-2 S 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Luscious S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Malibu's Most Wanted S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Marauding Monkeys S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Pow! Right in the Kisser S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Project S 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Simon Says S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Swipe Right To Match S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
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Shared By: Todd Fertig on Feb 2, 2011
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Same angle as Luscious but without the deep bucket holds. After clipping the 4th bolt, traverse to the left using the sloper huecos (crux). Save enough for a second crux going from the 5th bolt to the anchor.

Named for the tooth-chipping smack to the face delivered by a popped cam during the cleaning process. Turns out you can find a dentist at 2am if you need to.


Left of Luscious


5 bolts and double mussy hook chain anchor


Everything out there is choss!! Luscious was very similar in the beginning, it just takes 5-10 years for routes at Malibu to clean up ;-).

I like the bolts. Feb 12, 2011
Todd Fertig  
If you put in the effort to comment, at least [sic] some effort to be accurate. The bolts are 1/2" x 4.75" 5 piece rawl stainless steel plated (equivalent to the best bolts placed in MCSP). A great deal of work went into cleaning. Like every new route in MCSP, there will be residual stuff, but nothing that will endanger a belayer. If you can't handle this, don't climb new routes in Malibu (it's not granite). And cheer up! From the sound of it, the only thing that's going to ruin your belayer's day is you. Feb 12, 2011
Those are good sized bolts. I thought powers made SS and zinc plated bolts, but I didn't know they made a combination of the two. Feb 17, 2011
Todd Fertig  
Jan, you are correct, they are stainless steel, not plated.… Mar 11, 2011
This route is seriously ridiculous. I'm not going to criticize the FA, because i know a lot of hard work went into cleaning this thing, and its defiantly not good rock.

This is a relevant suggestion for climbers. Do not climb this route. its on the worst rock at Malibu, completely sandbagged, and is very, very dirty. still. Don't let the bolts deceive you like they did me. Don't even try to climb it even just to say you did it. It's not worth the time and cleaning sand out of your eyes as you reach for crumbling holds.

To the FA, the bolts are very deceiving to show that there is a quality route here. You are seriously putting people in danger, and think you should seriously think a lot more before you put up any new routes.

Climbers, do not waste our time, do like 4 laps on luscious if you really wanna climb choss. Aug 31, 2011
Daryl Allan
Sierra Vista, AZ
Daryl Allan   Sierra Vista, AZ
What's dangerous about it? Aug 31, 2011
FACT: Timebomb holds are unsafe for belayer and climber. Sep 2, 2011
JTLA Tolins
Los Angeles, California
JTLA Tolins   Los Angeles, California
It's cleaning up alright, give it time and it should be a nice route. Does anyone know when the huge new boulder fell off the bottom? The one that looks like it's about 400 lbs. Oct 20, 2011
Todd Fertig  
The boulder at the bottom came off as part of the initial cleaning before it was bolted. Timebomb holds? Route's been up over a year now with well over 100 ascents and not one handhold has come off (though some potato chip feet have as with any new route in Malibu). But hey, don't climb it. Keeps it open for me. Mar 31, 2012
I thought the route was awesome... even snagged a pretty dope photo off of it. holds seemed fine to me, a bit dusty, but who cares, you're outside. want something crystal clean? pay the $15 for a day pass, but even the holds in there are questionable at times... Jul 23, 2012
Trevor V.
Santa Barbara, Ca
Trevor V.   Santa Barbara, Ca
The route is still a little dirty but a fun line. Nothing seems like its going to kill the belayer. And hey, it has nice new bolts on it so can't complain to much. Dec 12, 2012
Trevor Mathews
Upland, CA
Trevor Mathews   Upland, CA
I did this on top rope yesterday, and it was fun. Nothing loose, fun route. Feb 2, 2015
Todd Fertig  
I'd like to claim the FSSTRA (First Street Shoe Top Rope Ascent). Sep 5, 2016
Great route! Really fun moves. Fertical Fertig, awesome meeting you a few sundays ago! If you still have those photos, send em my way! Stoked to get up on your other routes. Aug 4, 2017

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