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YDS: 5.10a/b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Original:  YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: (TR) unknown, FL: Brad Singer, October 2001
Season: Year round depending on snow
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Submitted By: Isaac T. on Mar 19, 2007

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BETA PHOTO: New Knightline anchor.


The first bolt is about 40 feet up but you can place gear on easy 5.8+ cracks to the first bolt if you don't feel comfortable running it out. The crux is found when you have to pull the roof although you have very good hands and a bolt right at your waist. The final crux is moving to the last bolt kind of a tricky slab move on thin hands. This one is rope stretcher a 60 m rope was not long enough to lower all the way to the ground.


This route is hard to miss it follows a prominent corner up to a cool looking roof.


7 bolts and medium to small cams (I used a #1 Camalot and a .5 Camalot), 2 bolt anchor at the top.

Photos of Knightline Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Bolts at the top of Knightline on July 31, 2010.
BETA PHOTO: Bolts at the top of Knightline on July 31, 2010.
Rock Climbing Photo: Mike g
Mike g
Rock Climbing Photo: Knightline (5.10a), Castle Rock
BETA PHOTO: Knightline (5.10a), Castle Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Heading up knightline
Heading up knightline
Rock Climbing Photo: Steve nearing the first crux, pulling the roof. Lo...
BETA PHOTO: Steve nearing the first crux, pulling the roof. Lo...

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By Josh Hibbard
From: Los Angeles Area, CA
Mar 29, 2007
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

I thought Knightline was two or three climbs to the left of this one. Not sure of the name of the climb pictured, but I believe it is more of a 5.10a. Knightline, which is more on the face around the left corner of this climb, goes at 5.10C with two sets of crux moves. I could be wrong... I will see if I can figure it out in my old guide book.
By C Miller
From: CA
Mar 29, 2007
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Josh, perhaps you're thinking of The Roofs (5.10d)? The climb pictured is Knightline.
By vincent L.
From: Redwood City
May 7, 2008

The climb pictured is Knightline and I feel it is 10a , the Singer guide also calls it 10a.
By C Miller
From: CA
Aug 16, 2010
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Interesting climbing up a vertical face utilizing cracks and face holds leads to the crux roof where a long reach to an incut plate enables access to the upper slabby face. Kind of a one-move wonder with the crux being out of place with the rest of the route. Highly recommended.
By susan peplow
From: Joshua Tree
Jul 10, 2011
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Anchor Report unchanged as of 7/9/11. Backup possible using old SMC bolts behind the set in question. Threads (on bolt climber's right) appear to be stripped so replacement will likely be necessary.
By Russ Walling
Jul 10, 2011
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Good route, not real hard, plenty of rests, and eats up pro, especially since there are a stack of bolts available for your clipping pleasure. I thought there was some fairly suspect loose rock just below the roof and I did not think the jug that forms the left edge of the roof could withstand my assault. Be careful if you are somewhat large or like to pull outwards on jugs. Anchors are a sad mess and do not have lower-offs on the bolts.
By Chris Owen
From: Big Bear Lake
Aug 1, 2011

As mentioned by Susan; there is a two-bolt anchor up and left of this one (as you arrive at the anchor), quite close. Also to the right of and behind the anchor (facing it) there is a nice crack, which would take some 2"-3" cams. If you're going to top-rope though you'll need to hike to the top and set the anchor up with long slings - or lead up with 'biners and a cordelette/webolette.
By Nelson Day
From: Joshua Tree, CA
Aug 8, 2011
rating: 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b

Anchor update: The anchors at the top are still in very bad shape. I ended up having to thread the rope through two hangers for another climb on the top of the climb. After I rapelled off, the rope didn't want to pull. I had to put my entire weight on the rope to get it to pull through the two hangers. Definitely less than ideal. If you are planning on doing this climb, I would recommend taking some webbing with you to the top to thread through the bolt hangers; you can rappel off of the webbing after you put it through the hangers.

Other than that, what an amazing climb! This climb has a little of everything for you! I took a standard rack with me up the climb, and placed about 5 pieces below the first bolt. I had to do a couple finger jams on the lower sections of the climb. There is plenty of trad protection, but make sure you bring a rack with pieces up to 2". I placed a #1 below the crux and between the upper bolts. The bolt at the crux is above the roof, and unless you feel comfortable climbing past the lower section of the crux and relying on the bolt 5 feet below you, this cam is needed.

I used a 70m rope, and when I reached the ground, both ends of the rope were on the ground. I definitely recommend this climb! Great moves and great rock! Replacing the anchor at the top would make this climb a must do in the castle rock area!
By toddgordon Gordon
From: Joshua Tree, California
May 13, 2012

Anchors have been replaced as of May 12, 2012...with good solid bolts with lower off or rap chains. 5.10a/b sounds about right...Great great climb...
By Rob Selter
From: running springs Ca
Jul 18, 2012

Thanks todd!
By roman d
From: Pasadena, CA
Jul 22, 2012
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Thanks much for the bolt upgrade!
By Rob M
From: Shangri-LA
Oct 9, 2012

Block at roof is marked as loose with chalk X. Looks dicey....
By Dan G.
Sep 1, 2014
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Did not see chalk X but a horizontal thin hold for the roof looks iffy. I went right and found another good hold above it.
By Laura Lemire
Aug 18, 2015

A solid 5-10a. Don't be fooled...from below, we thought that the thin cracks looked easy and that the roof would be the crux of the climb. My partner led this climb, and it is clear that the real business is that crack. It is an extremely technical crack and honestly, the roof is protected by bolts. Placing gear in that looked quite difficult (my partner was definitely climbing at his limit). The roof is harder than it once was. Not sure what you would rate that reach. The good hold on the left is indeed marked with an X and is about to break off. This forces you to work your feet higher and make a crazy reach to the right.
By Dan Freeman
From: Los Angeles
Sep 6, 2016
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Great route, solid 10a but not harder. There are many places to plug in pro in the section leading up to the bolts - I think I put in 4 pieces. The roof is no big deal; a left hand with a good opposing thumb slots perfectly high into the left-slanting crack above your head and to the right of the X marked block, then moving your feet up should allow you to easily gain the big jug/plate above the roof. This line is about two feet to the right of the beta photo posted here and follows the bolt line. I took Nelson's advice and placed a BD #1 cam between the roof bolts for peace of mind. I think there may have been a couple of extra bolts placed on the top slab (5.9). Total may now be about 9 bolts plus anchors. Chains at the top appear to be in good order. A 60m rope was *just* too short to reach the ground proper but if the belayer stands on one of the boulders at the bottom it will work out fine. Knot the end!

You can use a long bit of webbing to set up a TR for Kremlin Wall (11d, no route beta on MP but appears to follow some old sketchy bolts) on the face around the corner to the left, or King of the Castle (12a, no route beta on MP) which ascends the recently bolted arete just to the left of Knightline.

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