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Coral Sea Adventure 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Tim Standing, 2007
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Matthew Fienup on Oct 29, 2007

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Ryan looking @ Mt Whitney.


Located just eight feet left of the East Face route on the Shark's Fin is a new line of bolts. The rock is considerably higher quality than the two routes to the right.

A nice addition.


Left of center on the East Face.


6 bolts to 2-bolt anchor with Mussy Hooks.

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Rock Climbing Photo: "Coral Sea Adventure". Photo by Blitzo.
"Coral Sea Adventure". Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Ramey running up the Shark's Fin.
Ramey running up the Shark's Fin.
Rock Climbing Photo: Going up the Coral Sea Adventure Route.
Going up the Coral Sea Adventure Route.
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By Bruce Bindner
Dec 18, 2008

This is another Tim Standing route established in 2007, "Coral Sea Adventure" rated 5.7.

If you ask me, Tim missed a great opportunity by not naming the route "Corral Sea Adventure".

By susan peplow
From: Joshua Tree
May 2, 2009

Agreed that this route is one of the better on the east face.
By Russ Walling
May 4, 2009
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Good climbing and fairly solid rock.
By Mtnfly
From: El Segundo, Ca
Oct 18, 2014

The starting jug has broken off 10/1/14. It was lying in the dirt when I arrived at the route. Route is much more difficult to start. Good reminder to not pull out so hard while climbing in the hills.
By BAd
Mar 14, 2015

I'm thinkin' maybe 10a to start? Stick clip the first bolt and yer good. Anyway, a good deal harder than before.
By BruceB
From: Reno, NV
Mar 31, 2015
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

I don't know what the start was like before, but it's definitely not 5.7/8 now. I'd say somewhere in the 5.9+/5.10 range. And by the time you get to a safe stance the first bolt is chest level. Good climb.
By Lance Ranzer
Mar 7, 2016
rating: 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13

Tough start, for sure a 10+ move off the ground on really sharp rock. Rest is a 5.8 climb.
By bgirer
Apr 27, 2016

Sorry guys, I broke off the undercling flake at the start of the route last month. Tricky start is now even trickier.
By Clif Clap
May 9, 2016
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Funny reading the comments now after the fact. We got on this and were wondering if the guidebook mixed up the grades with the adjacent route (10b). Definitely a much harder start than 5.7 with a pretty lame, lieback clip. Hell, clipping that damn first bolt is probably the hardest move.

Up to and just passing the first bolt to get established is no easier than 10a but I wouldn't argue it being called 10b. But hey, that just means it's now a nice little tick since once you get past the first bolt it cruises for a 5.10!
By Richard O'Neal
From: Lancaster, Ca
Jun 6, 2016
rating: 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

Start is definitely no 5.8. Felt more like a 5.10d to me. Beware the large flying red ant hive at the top! Their a bit aggressive.
By Bailey Smith
Sep 7, 2016
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Best route on Shark's Fin. Same great view, better rock quality and interesting moves. Something must be missing from the start. Start is pretty tricky, 10 range, but the rest of the climb is a consistent 8.
By Fernando Cal
From: Long Beach, CA
Apr 24, 2017
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Boulder start, seemed 10a to me, then cruiser after that. Fun route!

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