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Game Boy 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Hinds and Anderson 1998
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Submitted By: Meredith DB on May 21, 2006

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A friend leading Game Boy on April 15th, 2017.

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  • Description 

    Start from a boulder in the stream. Climb up along the arete. At the top, go left to the anchors shared with Miss Pacman.


    This climb is in the Grotto, the first climbing area encountered on the approach trail. This climb is on a small wall on the near (west) side of the canyon, the opposite side of most of the other climbs. Game Boy is the rightmost of two climbs on this wall.


    5 bolts, open shut anchors.

    Photos of Game Boy Slideshow Add Photo
    Rock Climbing Photo: great view from the top
    great view from the top
    Rock Climbing Photo: Working the start of "Gameboy," in the G...
    Working the start of "Gameboy," in the G...
    Rock Climbing Photo: great route for a warm up
    great route for a warm up
    Rock Climbing Photo: Route topo for Gameboy (the Grotto, Echo Cliffs)
    BETA PHOTO: Route topo for Gameboy (the Grotto, Echo Cliffs)

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    By Matthew Fienup
    From: Ventura, CA
    Sep 30, 2008
    rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

    This route feels substantially harder to me than Miss Pacman, to its left.
    By Brian Hench
    From: Costa Mesa, CA
    May 17, 2010
    rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

    The rating is a sandbag. It IS much harder than the route to the left.
    By Violet
    From: CA
    Feb 6, 2012

    Contrary to previous reviews, I didn't find this route harder than Ms Pacman to its left, but I might put them on par with each other. I led both, and the only hairy move on Gameboy for a short person like me was getting getting clipped into the first bolt. I had to leave the deck over a serious potential fall to get clipped in.
    By Benjamin Chapman
    From: Small Town, USA
    Jun 16, 2013
    rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

    I have to agree with Matthew and Brian regarding the comparison in difficulty between Ms. Pacman (L) and Gameboy (R)). The opening moves on Gameboy seem significantly harder than anything on Ms. Pacman, height issues or not.
    By alex carey
    Aug 14, 2013
    rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

    both top anchors were quite loose.
    By AndrewArroz
    Jun 5, 2017

    I took a whip between 1st and 2nd bolts on this recently. Got lucky and landed in the big hole rather than hitting the rock next to it. My belayer did a great job catching me. My sense is that there are holds missing on this route that were there before. I'd climbed Game Boy previously and don't remember it being that hard. Or maybe I was just tired after a long day?

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