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Hair Raising 

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

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 350', Grade II
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Herb Laeger and Dick Saum, 1982
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
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Submitted By: limpingcrab on Jun 2, 2013

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Pitch two from the big ledge.

Always check road conditions and peregrine closures MORE INFO >>>


Hair Raising is a trad line that climbs a corner system from bottom to top through some beautiful sections. The upper two pitches are what make this climb great. The first pitch is dirty and can be bypassed by climbing to the big ledge via Cornered Animal (5.9) or Welcome to Little Baldy (5.10a).

P1: Climb the big blocky corner up to the big ledge.

P2: From the left side of the big ledge, follow the right facing corner system (crux).

P3: Continue up the corner until the crack disappears, then head up through slab to the roof and follow it right.

(P2 and P3 can probably be linked but I haven't tried it)


From the base of the dome head up and left past one big corner until the second corner. If you get to the big ramp that's the Regular Route you've gone too far.

If you approach via another route, pitch two starts at the left side of the big ledge.


Gear up to 3" with extra small stuff. A 4" piece might make parts more comfortable but isn't necessary.

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Rock Climbing Photo: From the road.  The first pitch is behind the tree...
From the road. The first pitch is behind the tree...
Rock Climbing Photo: First pitch
First pitch
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down from the slab on P3
Looking down from the slab on P3

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By limpingcrab
From: Visalia, CA
Jun 3, 2013

The corners are a bit mossy from lack of traffic, but getting better. Still really fun!
By Jeff Scheuerell
Feb 8, 2015

I wrote 2 of 5 stars in my notes. Also wrote "first pitch is ugly and dirty with many loose blocks. After stepping on a stack of blocks they started to slide but was able to push them off. Now the pitch is harder." That was a long time ago and I vaguely remember this.

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