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The Price of Fear

5.10c, Trad, 100 ft (30 m),  Avg: 3.6 from 118 votes
FA: Milo Prodanovich & Steve McKinny, 1969, FFA: Tobin Sorenson & Matt Cox, 1972
California > Tahquitz & Suic… > Tahquitz Rock > (f) W Face Bulg… > Upper Bulge Routes


An airy, spectacular, and dramatic conclusion to either Super Pooper 5.10b or The Flakes 5.11c. Thin, technical slab climbing along the lip of a massive dihedral high on the Upper West Face Bulge.

From the top of P2 on Super Pooper, traverse out right along a thin crack to gain a vertical crack that varies from fingers to hands. Above the crack, 3 closely spaced bolts protect difficult slab climbing with big exposure.

A must do!


A variation finish for both Super Pooper 5.10b and The Flakes 5.11c.


Standard rack, 3 bolts.

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Doug on The Price of Fear
[Hide Photo] Doug on The Price of Fear
Before the scary slab section
[Hide Photo] Before the scary slab section
Starting the crack leading to the first bolt. You can see climbers at the final belay of the flakes.
[Hide Photo] Starting the crack leading to the first bolt. You can see climbers at the final belay of the flakes.
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Michael Stearns wagering on The Price of Fear 5.10c
[Hide Photo] Michael Stearns wagering on The Price of Fear 5.10c
The Fear of the sunsetting
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The start of the slab
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[Hide Comment] I can't believe that it has taken this long to get this route on mtn project. It will be interesting to see if it increases traffic on the route. The Price of Fear is quite fun and not as bad as the name suggests... Aug 28, 2012
roman d
Pasadena, CA
[Hide Comment] Standup Flake to Super Pooper to Price of Fear is one of the better 5.10 linkups on Tahquitz Sep 17, 2012
Will S
Joshua Tree
[Hide Comment] Very fun pitch with cool position, pretty easy for 10c Idyllwild slab, with pro right where you need it. If this is near your limit, don't let the rating dissuade you. Sep 30, 2012
[Hide Comment] I think I used magic to do the finish slab. Apr 8, 2015
Alex Doria
San Diego
[Hide Comment] This a must do... a great finish to Super Pooper. Totally protectable until the slab after the last bolt but it really eases up. A MUST DO. Jun 22, 2015
Thomas Claiborne
[Hide Comment] Great finish. The exposure is only really intense when you get to the corner and climb the crack. The slab is good, but not great -- soft for 10c. It's all about location for this pitch. Jun 13, 2018
Brian Feretic
Ocean Beach, CA
[Hide Comment] While safe, you may be susceptible to a couple of enlightening WTF moments. I was told drag may be an issue before I climbed this.. Extend all your pieces and you'll be fine. Jun 7, 2019
Jan Tarculas
Riverside, Ca
[Hide Comment] extend all your pieces on the traverse. I had lots of "WTF AM I DOING" moments. its mind blowing having that much air below you Jul 10, 2020
Bryce U
[Hide Comment] Four stars for the Standup Flake - Super Pooper - Price of Fear link up. Didn't really feel like 10c to me, although the exposure definitely might make you think its harder than it is. The traverse into the crack was A+ air and nothingness beneath you. May 6, 2021
Nils-Erik Rundquist
La Jolla, CA
[Hide Comment] Make sure you lead this pitch on a really windy day, the certainty that a gust is going to blow you off the slab really adds to the experience of this climb. May 10, 2022
Sean Sullivan
Idyllwild, CA
[Hide Comment] The slab is pretty reasonable and very well bolted. I traversed in high on small holds after giving up on a more direct option that was covered in lichen. The traverse was scary, but not hard. Extended pieces and had no drag issues. Jun 18, 2024