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Gong Show Wall

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Air Conditioner T 
Alpine Fracture Clinic T 
Anything Goes S 
Barracuda T 
Brush Up T 
Carney Trash T 
Chicks With Guns T 
D.M.Z. T 
Eavesdropping T 
Freakshow S 
Grab a Handful S 
Grainstem S 
He She S 
Hey!  S 
Last Exit T 
Main Attraction T 
Milky Way S 
Never Say Never S 
Overexposure T 
Radioactive Man S 
Schlitzy T 
Self-Contained Unit S 
Show Me the Monkey T 
Sideshow T 
Social Climber T 
Switch Hitter S 
Tripping Old Birds S 
Wages of Skin T 

Gong Show Wall Rock Climbing 

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An excellent crag that can be discerned by the multiple roofs that lace it. The large roof on the left that is split by a hand crack/ OW is the cliffs namesake, the Gong Show. This area doesn't go into the shade till about 1pm in the summer and can be very hot on hot summer days in the morning.

Getting There 

Drive 4.5 miles to the Big Meadow campground and park (Please park on the road). Find your way across the stream and follow the climbers trail up the stream until it turns right and goes uphill. You should be able to find a use trail most of the way to the Crag. The trail ends just below Gong Show. Don't start up the hill until you find a good use trail.

Climbing Season

Weather station 16.1 miles from here

28 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Gong Show Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Gong Show Wall:
Main Attraction   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   
Sideshow   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 100'   
D.M.Z.   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
He She   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 130'   
Self-Contained Unit   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 70'   
Freakshow   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Tripping Old Birds   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 130'   
Eavesdropping   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 170'   
Wages of Skin   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 80'   
Social Climber   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Anything Goes   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   
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Featured Route For Gong Show Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Wages of Skin. Looks can be deceiving, no real off...

Wages of Skin 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b  California : Sierra Eastside : ... : Gong Show Wall
Once you scramble up a 3rd class ramp, negotiate the menacing off-width above by, well, staying to the left and bypassing it altogether. After a few scrambly moves (5.9/5.10ish), step ACROSS the off-width to your right, then face climb excellent rock past a couple bolts, then turn the lip onto some edgy slab. Gain the crack--which is now on your left--then charge up a slammer handcrack till the crack abruptly angles right into a traversing finger crack (the crux) with nothing but glacial polish ...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

Photos of Gong Show Wall Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Main Attraction in red. D.M.Z in yellow.
BETA PHOTO: Main Attraction in red. D.M.Z in yellow.
Rock Climbing Photo: First pitch of Main Attraction.
First pitch of Main Attraction.
Rock Climbing Photo: Gong Show Wall. Photo by Blitzo.
Gong Show Wall. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: An overview of Gong Show Crag.
BETA PHOTO: An overview of Gong Show Crag.
Rock Climbing Photo: Gong Show Crag, from further west along with road.
BETA PHOTO: Gong Show Crag, from further west along with road.
Rock Climbing Photo: Gong Show Crag, as seen from the road opposite the...
BETA PHOTO: Gong Show Crag, as seen from the road opposite the...

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By Chris Owen
From: Big Bear Lake
Jan 8, 2013
Years ago, followed the "walk off" advice of the old orange Bishop Area Rock Climbs guide and got into all kinds of trouble.
By David Enloe
Jul 18, 2014
A friend and I lost a dog up in the Hilton/Davis Lakes area on July 16th. If anyone notices any sign of a lost, 90lb, black/brindle (white chest) hound dog roaming around in the woods, please call David at 305-333-8681. Any sign of him, however uncertain, will be much appreciated. Thanks everyone!
Rock Climbing Photo: Bingers!
By Nick_Cov
From: Truckee, CA
Aug 24, 2017
Parking- Do not park at the campground- and there are no spots on the side of the road. About 50 yards East of the campground there is a large dirt pullout on the Southern side with plenty of room for parking.

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