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Clean and Jerk 

YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Tim Powell, Kevin Powell & Dan Ahlborn, April 1977
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Submitted By: Tony B on Apr 15, 2001

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What a classic line!

Approach Sports Challenge Rock on the southeast side and scamble down into the shaded "slot" on that side. Near the left end of the east face, and just left of an large pine tree, you'll see a prominent curving crack that starts about 20 feet off the ground and arcs upward to the top of the rock. A few scoops and seams lead up though steep terrain to this crack.

Boulder up scoops and seams up and left through a slight overhang, placing a few good nuts along the way. These will be #4-#8 BD Stoppers or eq size (if memory serves me); small TCU's may also work. The crux is body english and slopers. Reach a great jam some 25' up and start placing cams. The crack starts as a left-leaning feature, but arcs its way through the rock, eventually becoming a right-leaner. This great climb offers good face climbing as well as good jamming, from thin-hands to fists.

Tape up and enjoy a classic!


Small-to-medium nuts at the bottom, and medium cams up higher. Carry a full set of stoppers and cams from 1" to 3.5"

The protection at the bottom is adequate, but maybe difficult to place. An experienced 5.10 leader should be safe here, but a person at their limit will find it hard to place protection down there.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Just past the crux on Clean and Jerk. Spring '06. ...
Just past the crux on Clean and Jerk. Spring '06. ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Clean and Jerk, Joshua Tree
BETA PHOTO: Clean and Jerk, Joshua Tree
Rock Climbing Photo: Chris Trudeau, 12/06
Chris Trudeau, 12/06
Rock Climbing Photo: Just another shot.
Just another shot.
Rock Climbing Photo: Kevin Riley on Clean & Jerk
Kevin Riley on Clean & Jerk
Rock Climbing Photo: The climbing gets easier, but the pump has started...
The climbing gets easier, but the pump has started...
Rock Climbing Photo: Tom Callaghan on the start '84 or so
Tom Callaghan on the start '84 or so
Rock Climbing Photo: clean and jerk
clean and jerk
Rock Climbing Photo: Through the pumpy crux.
Through the pumpy crux.
Rock Climbing Photo: Clean & Jerk at J-Tree.  Photo by Geir H.
Clean & Jerk at J-Tree. Photo by Geir H.
Rock Climbing Photo: Chris leading up Clean and Jerk 5.10b
Chris leading up Clean and Jerk 5.10b
Rock Climbing Photo: Past the crux, fighting the pump, about to get a n...
Past the crux, fighting the pump, about to get a n...
Rock Climbing Photo: Tim Bui just past the crux of Clean and Jerk
Tim Bui just past the crux of Clean and Jerk
Rock Climbing Photo: Unknown climber leading Clean and Jerk.
Unknown climber leading Clean and Jerk.

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By Joe Collins
Jul 3, 2002

Awesome climb and one of the best! After the boulder problem start, the climbing is sustained in the 9+/10- range. I recall getting a good horizontal #3 camalot right after standing up at the 10 foot level. The climb is "S" only in the sense that the belayer needs to double as a spotter for the boulder problem/mantle at the start. Gear is bomber and straight-forward after that.
By Anonymous Coward
Jul 4, 2002

I haven't done a ton of routes at Josh, but this was one of the two orthree best. Steep climbing on good holds.

I placed a solid #2 friend (#1 camalot equivalent) during the cruxface section at the start.
By Steven Powers
Oct 27, 2003
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

crux section is easier if you dont stop to place the pro, i recomend having a bolder pad or a good spotter and hold off on the pro till you get through the crux, there is an awsome stance a move or two after the crux, the crux isnt to far off the deck.
By Randy
Dec 2, 2003

On the FA, the final section of the route was finished right then up, rather than straight up as is commonly done now. A fixed pin was placed on FA in one of the lower horizontals (it came out many years ago). A 2-3" cam works just as well today.

By C Miller
From: CA
Feb 2, 2005
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

This is an excellent route with a bouldery face crux that leads into a steep and somewhat strenuous crack that eats gear. The only potential drawback to this route is the busy location right off the loop trail. Four stars out of five.
By Kayte Knower
Mar 27, 2007

Probably my favorite pitch of trad climbing to date. It doesn't look that tall from the ground, but it was plenty pumpy. I really had to commit to get through the bottom. Steep, clean as a whistle (or should I say jerk), and well protected. Even the little chimney is nice, like a granite recliner.
By Adam Stackhouse
Aug 26, 2007
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

Including the weird, semi-protectable (for me) lower crux, this is more of a face climb in that there are abundant jug holds on either side of the crack. In a sense this can allow for too many choices, leading to a premature pump factor.
By Mike
From: Phoenix
Nov 14, 2007
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

After hearing some horror stories about sandbagging & runouts on this route, I was a bit intimidated at first. However, I found it neither sandbagged nor runout, and don't see what all the fuss was about. Actually, I thought Sphincter Quits (5.9+) around the corner was a scarier lead than Clean & Jerk.
By BenCooper
Dec 11, 2008

Very nice line, with fun, committing moves right off the deck. I found that one can get a #0 TCU in to protect the first big move. For me, this was necessary, as I whipped on it (more evidence that Metolius makes bomber gear). After that, the #1 camalot fits perfectly in a horizontal. If you're not used to overhung, gymastic starts, and/or are short, the beginning moves can feel quite hard (as they did for me). Overall, the 5.10+ rating is accurate.
By Sean
From: Oak Park, CA
Sep 15, 2010

Can protect the start fine if one so chooses. Had fallen on that piece with fingertips less than a half inch short of the lip of that first Red Camalot slot on the onsight attempt a few years back. Took the longest possible crux fall and ended up with some air to spare. Had looked at the fall distances beforehand, very thoroughly. Attentive belaying helped. Finally got around to leading it again last weekend, and it went fine with same first pieces, with less noise than before.
By Alex Doria
From: San Diego
Nov 28, 2013

This is a test piece for the grade.. I totally agree with the comments below.. much easier if you don't stop and place pro through the crux at the start... but its heady off the deck...
Nov 28, 2013

Hard start with pretty much nothing for feet for the first move. Will feel harder still if it's cold and your hands are numb. Easy to end up overgripping and getting a flash pump! Beta hint for start: the biggest holds are not necessarily the best ones to use.

First time I led this ~20 years ago, I climbed up and placed a cam. Then downclimbed and hopped back to the ground, warmed my hands up and then fired it. It was right at my limit.

After the hard start, it gets a lot easier through the middle of the route. Some awkward chimneying at the finish.

If the starting moves were further up on the route, I think it would get a 10+ rating.
By Phil Esra
Dec 9, 2014

For my partner and me, the obvious crux was the dyno to the third rail off the deck. Wouldn't want to deal with gear before this move, but wouldn't want to take the fall either. The route is much easier (and quite fun) after that.
By Tradiban
Feb 11, 2016
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

I placed a solid .3 standing on a cheat stone at the start. No dynoing if you can lock off well.
By nathanael
From: Riverside, CA
Apr 17, 2016

Put in a yellow metolius from the cheater stone at the bottom and then the start is completely protected. Big lock-off to the 3rd horizontal and you can sew it up from there.
By Adam Block
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Nov 29, 2016
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

For the avid boulder jock or sport junky the beginning face section feels at home, rare for josh! Not to worry though, since the rest of the route features nearly every (good) style of climbing at a manageable, though pumpy, 9+ range. GET ON IT!

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