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Chopping Block 

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

Type:  Sport
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Bill Leventhal, Matt Oliphant, Mike Draper, 1997
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Submitted By: Jon McCartie on Sep 10, 2007

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start from small block with first bolt within reach. move up and slightly left, then cruise right and then straight up. avoid moving too far left towads the arete (this is another route)


west-facing, start from small block. around to the right of Guerilla Drilla.


8 bolts, anchor (1 fixed biner, 1 open shut)

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Rock Climbing Photo: Look at those calves.
Look at those calves.
Rock Climbing Photo: At the anchor of Chopping Block
At the anchor of Chopping Block
Rock Climbing Photo: corinne leading up the face
corinne leading up the face

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By Ken Trout
From: Golden, CO
Jan 26, 2009
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

First Ascent: Bill Leventhal, Matt Oliphant, Mike Draper, 1997. From Louie Anderson's book: Sport Climbing in the Santa Monica Mountains.
By Shellee Lindstedt
Sep 16, 2012

As of 9/14/12 there are no longer any cold shuts at the top. There are two rap rings.
By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Jun 22, 2013
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

You have to love those new anchors. Many thanks to the individual that shelled out the $$ for the hardware.
By Jeffrey Lieberman
Mar 17, 2014
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13

Great that we do often to start...then journey to the left knocking them off (routes) one at a time. BETA:on the start try and stay on the prow direct to the sidepull rather than go out to lower angle rock to the left.
By Mtnfly
From: El Segundo, Ca
Aug 1, 2014
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Between the second and third bolt I leaned out left, around the arête, to keep it at the rating (5.8). Straight up the Bolt lined seemed more stiff. Do to go to far left though because you'll be on bother route. There are anchors every 10 feet on this section of rock so it's sort of hard to tell where your are supposed to be on any given route. That said......shade is great and work left for a fun day of moderates
By Alex Fletcher
From: San Clemente, CA
May 6, 2016
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

On sight as my first route for my first time to Malibu. Sometimes it's hard to find the 'right' hold on other routes, but this route is pretty straight forward with bunches of easy pockets.

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