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YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a [details]
FA: Mike Forkash, Kelly Cordner 6/97
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Submitted By: Tom Helvie on Jul 21, 2006

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Start up the obvious hand crack (bolted) which is harder than it looks to a stance at the top of the corner. Move out left to the arete with difficulty. Once around the arete crank up past endless edges. Strenuous and somewhat exposed.


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By Tim Steele
From: Bishop, CA.
Jan 11, 2007

one of the best of it's grade.
By brucy
Apr 14, 2010
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a

Caldera is without a doubt the best route for it's grade in the Owens River Valley. It's varied, the positioning is a wonder, and the first ascentionists did a superb job both bolting and cleaning the route (often neglected in other routes there). Why the guide for that region does not recognize as such sounds political.
By Monica Jones
From: Bishop, CA
May 23, 2010

Such a sweet climb. I had to do this wild move to get onto the face from the crack where I just held onto the jug with my left hand and let my body swing out until I could match it with my right and then get my feet onto something. Really awesome, wild movement. Fell at the chain and never could figure out how to get past it so I grabbed the snake and clipped the rope and then finished it up.
By Marty Lewis
Apr 18, 2015

Brucy...the author of the Owens River Valley Guide doesn't have a clue (probably a Democrat). A paltry four stars in the book, when it clearly deserves six. I will say that when I climbed it, when it was brand new, I found the first half to be quite loose and dirty. There was also a confusing junction up on the headwall and some extra bolts. I still thought it was awesome. The others I was with, all felt it deserved four stars. Side note: Usually perfectly bolted routes don't require an extendo-chain so that the crux bolt can be clipped.
By Simon W
From: Salt Lake City, UT
May 22, 2015

If only the guidebook author were a democrat.. I once overheard someone (a reputable source) at Wilson's saying that he has ties to the communist party and is actually distantly related to Boris Yeltsin! For this reason I purchased Chris McNamara's "Aid Climbing Owens River Gorge" which has been an invaluable tool for ascending some of the proudest lines the gorge has to offer.
By MisterE Wolfe
From: Bishop, CA
May 23, 2015

I personally have seen a hammer and a sickle in the author's truck. Draw your own conclusions. %^)
By Phil Esra
Oct 28, 2015

I can't believe you are all bad-mouthing the guidebook author in a public forum. Are you aware that he is a publishing magnate and guidebook impresario?

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