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Another fun short route left of Willy's S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Batting Cage S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Big Bird S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Boating Prohibited S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Cookie Monster S 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Elmo S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Enter at Your Own Risk S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Flight of Fancy S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Gritty Gritty Bang Bang S 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
House of Cards S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Land Before Time T,S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R
No Lifeguard on Duty S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Oompa Loompa S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
PG13 S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Power Surge T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
R.P. 4 S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Red Circle with a Slash S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Results May Vary S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Safety Meeting S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Sharptooth T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Surgeon General T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Time Out (of Mind) S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Timeless S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Warning Signs S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Warning: Laser Beam S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Watch For Rocks S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Willy's ChalkALot S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Wonka S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Workers Watching S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
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Type: Sport, 90 ft
FA: Dylan Harris, John Barbella
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Shared By: old5ten on Dec 31, 2016
Admins: Aron Quiter, Euan Cameron, AWinters, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Description [Suggest Change]

Climb up and slightly left toward the crack on easy ground. Gain the left crack and follow it to its finish, using the crack and face holds. The moves past the crack and around the last bolt are the crux, a bit more technical.

Location [Suggest Change]

This route is on the left side wall of a right facing corner, roughly 60' left and up the hill from Warning: Laser Beam. It is characterized by a couple of cracks and shown as D in the Warning Signs far left routes topo.

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11 bolts, mussy anchor


I have mixed feelings about this route. All the "Unknown" new routes on the left are fun and worthy. This one is a face-full of good 5.9-10a climbing ending with a very weird mantle (definitely harder than 10a) that kills the fun-factor. Just my opinion- others may disagree and find the mantle engaging.

There's some satisfaction if you can decipher the mantle- but it is VERY specific choreography. I've witnessed some hanging, desperate/scary attempts to get around it and people aiding off the last draw in frustration.

The anchor has been moved to the face which has mitigated the rope dragging over the top edge- a good edit. Mar 13, 2017
Berkeley + Sunny Slopes, CA
old5ten   Berkeley + Sunny Slopes, CA
moving the anchor actually eliminated a couple of fun moves to get around the corner and up to the slab. there's a lot of grade inflation going on. i didn't think the mantle was that hard, just awkward and more body english than anything else. thinking required, i like that! getting a foot up and having some reach helps... edit 4/4/17: just climbed this again last week. new anchor location is a bit funky, ie it seems like it would be better if the new anchor was a foot lower and reachable after stepping on the ledge. the way it is right now, one has to move along the edge above to get to the anchor only to set-up etc. while situated in a hanging situation just above that nice stance. imho those extra 3 or so sideways moves aren't quite worth it... edit 4/27/17: just updated FA info and grading per john's wishes. he also mentioned moving the anchor one more time.
edit 12/27/17: anchor is in much better spot right now Mar 24, 2017
I am glad to see people are liking this route. I did not enjoy it so much but it had just been put up, or as they say now "set"(haha), and every hold was dusty and there was a ton of loose rock. We were up there a couple of days ago and my partner had yet to climb all these new routes. After seeing the above comments and stars I was hopeful that my first impression was off so I did not discourage him from leading it. Although he is a bit fat (ahhahahahaha, just had to,sorry bro), he still seems to pull off some fairly hard pitches. Well, to not drag this out, we will just say he did not float it. He seemed to be a bit confused at the top and tried a couple of ways to finish it. Although he did not fall, he also did not make it look like 10a. When he clipped the chains instead of yelling "take", he yelled, "what a POS". I am hopeful that with time, like most of the newer routes, this thing will clean up but unfortunately that also means that the key holds at the top will clean right off as well making it 10a++. Regardless, I appreciate all of the routes John puts up and will continue to climb them. And in some way, even the ones I don't like I still like in some strange way. This route is a great example of how we all have different tastes. So? One star? Three stars? Give it a try, you might think 4 stars. Apr 15, 2017
MisterE Wolfe
Bishop, CA
MisterE Wolfe   Bishop, CA
Anchor is in a good place for the clip after the mantel now - thanks you guys.

I agree with Jeff - I really appreciate the effort you put into you routes, and we always enjoy trying new stuff!

I just really like this climb as a 3-star 5.9 A0! Oct 20, 2017
susan peplow
Joshua Tree
susan peplow   Joshua Tree
Of the three routes of the section, this route had the worst rock...which didn't necessarily come as a surprise. The fractured nature of the route created some gravel and less than solid looking holds but all told, it climbed just fine. Maybe a bit dusty. The final moves stalled the ascent making me think and step back down before deciphering, which incidentally is what bumped this route from 1 star to 2. It's worth doing, but the 9's to the right are better overall quality IMO. Nov 12, 2017
Just did this a couple of days ago and really had a great time. Seems pretty cleaned up. The top was indeed the crux and felt definitely harder than 10a--a b/c rating is probably about right. I hand-railed across the ledge to the left and worked the arete a little to then step back right and clip. The steepness of the wall above the rail seemed to make a straight up mantle not such a great idea. I think it's fun and worth doing. Dec 24, 2017

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