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Easy Rider 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 25'
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Art Messier
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Submitted By: Marc Kajut on Feb 3, 2006  with updates from Connor Mills

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Easy Rider is the first bolted climb you see after hiking up the Climber's Loop trail from the South kiosk. Climb up and left from the base of the rock past three bolts to a ledge. Traverse right then up again to the anchor.


Four (4) bolt protection. Two bolt anchor. A TR may be set up by accessing the anchor from the back side of the rock.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Climbers tope roping Black. Easy Rider is the face...
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By Marc Kajut
From: San Diego, CA
Feb 12, 2006

This route is probably one of the most popular climbs in Mission Gorge. It's very well protected and is a great "first lead of the day". The crux move is after the third bolt at the route's steepest section. Most climbers transition left, avoiding a difficult mantle move, then move back right once gaining the ledge. Be careful downclimbing from the anchor on the backside of the formation if leading this route.
By Bill Olszewski
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jan 27, 2008

This is a good climb but real slippery! It is unfortunate that it is so easy to bail to the ledges on the left to avoid the crux.
By Jason Kim
From: Encinitas, CA
Jun 16, 2013
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Just climbed this one again after a few years. My partner (new leader) bailed after the 2nd bolt. It's no gimme at 5.7, and the big ledges and bad landing put you in the no-fall zone for much of the climb.
By Mike Stanley
Sep 4, 2013

The reaches are very long for 5.7
It seems that traversing left is the only way to keep it 5.7
Some fun moves from a right hand pinch.
By Tom Thomas
From: Pittsburgh
Jul 28, 2015

I found this route to be quite fun with good exposure for a short sport climb. Good eye. Here are some long arm pics of me solo leading this gem..
Rock Climbing Photo: The Climb
The Climb

Rock Climbing Photo: Having fun on Easy Rider
Having fun on Easy Rider

Rock Climbing Photo: Sweet (I.D) Tag !
Sweet (I.D) Tag !

Rock Climbing Photo: looking down the route.. Have Fun I know I did..
looking down the route.. Have Fun I know I did..
By Safty Third
From: San Diego, CA
Oct 23, 2016
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

I think it should remain 5.7 for the direct bolt line. It's not hard, it's just heady in that section. I'd say just know your belayer and go for the direct! Take your time and find your feet, breath, and trust in your climbing ability.

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