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Howdy Doody Time S 
Seven Bolts S 
Taking a Bath With Strangers S 
Trauma Dogs S 

Hippo Wall Rock Climbing 

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Location: 37.0285, -119.383 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Will Rynes on Oct 28, 2012


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Looking across toward Sunday Slabs


This wall contains 8 well protected sport routes as well as one trad line ranging in grade from 5.6 to 5.9 on good quality slab granite. The routes range in length from 25m to 38m so you will need to trail a rope or do some shenanigans to desend the longer routes. All routes end on double bolted rap/belay stations and a dozen draws should cover any of the sport routes on this wall.

Getting There 

From the slab at the top of the 4WD road, descend the approach trail through the gully and stay to the right. The Hippo Wall will be the lower sport slab on your right hand side. Take a right off the main descent trail to access a small trail that runs the base of the wall.

Climbing Season

For the Tollhouse Rock area.

Weather station 4.6 miles from here

7 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Hippo Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Hippo Wall:
Hippo in a Bathtub   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   
Seven Bolts   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 83'   
Fabulously Fresno   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   
Trauma Dogs   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   
Taking a Bath With Strangers   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   
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Featured Route For Hippo Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking at the route from the 2nd pitch belay.

Howdy Doody Time 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  California : Southern Sierra : ... : Hippo Wall
A slab climb, yes. But the second pitch is varied with different friction features and interesting options as one travels up a mineral stained groove.I can only guess this route does not see a lot of traffic. There were many decomposing edges and mungey friction until the 4th bolt on the 2nd pitch. Although the most recent guide book has this at .9+, I would venture to say due to grittiness around the lower crux, its at least .10a or more between the 3rd and 4th bolt. Another crux is presented a...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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