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Bacon Taco 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Original:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Chris Miller & Ernesto Ramirez, May 1989
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Submitted By: Bill Olszewski on Jul 1, 2007

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Joey in Holcomb Valley


This is the three bolt line on the left corner of the Southeast face of Gunsmoke Wall. Bacon Taco is a relatively little-known standout in the Pinnacles, a true diamond in the rough. Start below the small roofs, moving up and left to gain the first bolt. The moves here are a bit dicey - have your belayer give you a spot before clipping and watch your head under the roof! The crux comes next, moving up and right to a good stance to clip the second bolt. The second roof is an easy pull, leading to the third bolt which protects the last of the moderate moves. Finish up over easier climbing to the anchors shared with After the Gold Rush. A spicy lead and good, solid climb for the grade.


Southeast face of Gunsmoke Wall, on the left arete.


3 bolts, chain anchors

Photos of Bacon Taco Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Parker leading.
Parker leading.
Rock Climbing Photo: a little style goes a long way...
a little style goes a long way...
Rock Climbing Photo: Lisa Pritchett leading Bacon Taco
Lisa Pritchett leading Bacon Taco
Rock Climbing Photo: Chris Aeria starting the crux of Bacon Taco.
Chris Aeria starting the crux of Bacon Taco.

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By C Miller
From: CA
Jul 2, 2007
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Orignally done without any bolts, but I added the anchor years after it was bolted.
By Chris Owen
From: Big Bear Lake
Jul 22, 2012
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Nice route with a problematic start and a fun roof.
By GDavis
Apr 15, 2013

If this route is 'a diamond in the rough'....
By mhagny
Aug 31, 2015

The grade is height-dependent. Shorter folks will find the crux above the first bolt to be stouter than a Holcomb Valley 10a.
By Alex Fletcher
From: San Clemente, CA
Jul 22, 2016
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Originally thought this route was a 5.6 for some reason. Just remembered that I did it as a warm up thinking there's no way this is a 6 the whole time. Decent route I think.
By susan peplow
From: Joshua Tree
Jul 14, 2017

Fun route, easy to clip the first bolt... balance required to pass it. Pretty fun MILES better than the cruddy 5.9 across the way on Claim jumper. If you're geared up and in the area, it's definitely worth stopping to do.

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