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Cell Block Eight 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Kurt Schroeder, Ben Burnham 1999
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Submitted By: Almonzo Wilder on Dec 22, 2002

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Dan climbing Cell Block 8-- 4th bolt is on the rig...


The is the left-most of the three Cell Block climbs. The Cell Blocks can be found on the west side of the creek, just above the point where it makes a 90 degree turn to the east.

Cell Block Eight is a great climb capped off by an airy and committing move to get you to the top. The first 50 feet of the climb leads past 3 bolts on relatively low angle slab. At this point, rather than going over the roof to get you onto the "Cell Block", the route follows cracks along the right side of the block, where an exciting blind step takes you around to the face at the top of the climb.

This climb makes for an exciting moderate lead.


There are 4 bolts on this route. The climbing between the 3rd and 4th bolts is a bit runout, which could be helped by small/medium nuts or cams. There are chains at the top of this climb.

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By Joseph Stover
From: Batesville, AR
Dec 11, 2005

What is the rating for going directly up onto the cell block rather than going to the side to the last bolt(on top rope of course)? I thought it might be a 5.10+/5.11- move.
By joshf
From: missoula, mt
May 5, 2008

Its rated 10+ if you go strait through
By Meghan
From: Sierra Vista, AZ
Jun 26, 2008
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R

Not only is the climbing between the 3rd and 4th bolts runout, but you can't see the 4th bolt (which is on the arete above/right of the roof) or the anchors from even six feet above the 3rd bolt, so if you haven't done the climb before, it looks like there's nothing there. It's there-- just have to keep climbing. You will probably want a cam or nut between bolts 3 and 4. Otherwise a fall would hurt. Fun climb.
By kurt schroeder
Nov 30, 2008

This was not put up as a sport route. I always showed a cam or two up under the ledge snaking around to the right of the block. If my head was right, only one cam. The first time I led it as I stepped out left a big chunk of the hold broke off.!!This leaves the small foot hold now there. Sorry. I did see Matt Bunz do it direct once, 10d, 10+ seems about right. kas
By Forest Hill
From: Denver, CO
Apr 5, 2009

To agree with the posts above, this is not a sport route. You'll be very unhappy without at least a set of nuts and a couple medium cams.
By Christian
From: Casa do Cacete
Apr 6, 2009
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R

Changing the description to "sport,trad" would probably help as far as people not thinking it's a sport route. I believe it's listed as mixed (B,G) in the guidebook as well.
By susan peplow
From: Joshua Tree
Apr 20, 2009
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

I'm with Meghan, 5.7+R

If you're not putting gear in during the 5.5 section....don't fall.
By Severancepay
Oct 21, 2010
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R

I hionestly, didn't even see the 3rd bolt til it was right in front of me. The 4th I looked and I looked but I couldn't see anything. Is it on the right of the block or right of the block. There is a small tree there now that kinda obstructs view. Upside to the small tree is that it's well rooted and can be a nice hold if you need a break.

I also believe the fall to be safe if you have someone well anchored on belay. Since this is a slab of sorts your fall will be reduced by friction and there will be a swing but there is nothing to hit. A daisy chain should be a good enough anchor considering the friction and your belay as conterbalance. The force on the rope will be 1.2kN from the block if you weigh 190lbs.

This is not a bad fall, albeit a scary one though.
By Christian
From: Casa do Cacete
Feb 1, 2013
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R

If I remember correctly, without gear the runout between bolts 3 and 4 is at least 15 feet.

You can make all the dorky engineering calculations you want to try to convince yourself that a 35-foot fall on 5.8 slab is safe, but trust me, it's not. You may get freakishly lucky once and not hit anything on the way down or not flip upside down and swing in headfirst, but eventually you will get seriously injured. In a fall that long, even swinging back in feet-first can break foot/ankle/leg bones.

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