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El Monte 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b R

Type:  Trad, 4 pitches, 400'
Original:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b R [details]
FA: Fred Zeil et al., 1979
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Submitted By: Roger Linfield on Feb 24, 2006

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This route has four pitches, all low angle face climbing: 5.10A, 5.9, 5.9, and 5.10B. Pitches 1 through 3 are very runout. Pitch 2 is loose.


bolts plus some gear

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By Woody Hoburg
Jul 27, 2007
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R

I found gaining the first bolt on the first pitch confusing. I went up and right, placed gear, then back left into a thin groove (no gear) and up to the bolt. Not too runout the way I did it, but I might not have been on route. Going straight up without the detour right would have been decidedly runout.
By Adam Kimmerly
Aug 3, 2009

Climbed only P1. Getting to the first bolt was spicy indeed! I could see how Woody's beta for protection could make this a bot more safe. The climbing above the first bolt was adequately protected. Rap the first pitch (barely!) with a 60m rope.
By Tradiban
Aug 25, 2015

I did this a bit weird. Started right of El Dorado and placed gear as high as possible to the right, then down climbed back left and then straight up to the first bolt. Two stars for P1.

On p2 I traversed right from the anchor to easy ground. I didn't notice the shiny new bolt straight up. Not a good looking pitch either way. There's not bolted anchors at the end of p2.

For p3 I chose the 5.9 option to the right also not noticing the first bolt I traversed straight right from the bolted anchor, then straight up an easy crack. At the end of the crack there's a ledge where you can see a shiny new bolt straight up. I went up a bit, stuffed a few small cams in a left facing flake then ran it out a bit to reach the bolt which seemed to be in an odd place just barely close enough to clip. There's another bolt a few feet higher. From the last bolt the topo looks like you should go up and trend right but that looked totally blank so I traversed straight right to a thin left facing seam.

On the last pitch its all new bolts to a bolted anchor, need a 70 to rap to the p2 anchors. You can. Go left at 10r or right as I did for something that's probably slightly easier. The way I did it I only clipped two bolts on p3.
By Tradiban
Aug 25, 2015

I just checked out the topo in the new book, it's spot on. Wish I saw that before I climbed it!

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