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Miss Conception 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 200'
Original:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: T. & D. Swain, 1995
Season: any but winter
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Submitted By: Tony B on Apr 7, 2006

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This climb starts up a left-facing corner to a bulge and onto a small ledge to the left side of a roof. Pass this while moving right and around the roof, up to a fixed anchor.
I do not remember the second pitch well, but Swain states that you need draws for the 'many bolts' to continue up the second pitch on the right... I don't recall how many myself.
Rap on two 60 meter ropes from the second fixed anchor to the ground.


This is the next left-facing corner to the left of the area classics Mazatlan and Ixtalan, and is just to the right of the route Misunderstanding.


A standard Rack + draws.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Joe departing on the second pitch. Photo by Patric...
Joe departing on the second pitch. Photo by Patric...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mo on P-2 of Miss Conception.
Mo on P-2 of Miss Conception.
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Nearing the top of P-1 of Miss Conception. It's a...
Rock Climbing Photo: Miss Conception. Fun route!
Miss Conception. Fun route!
Rock Climbing Photo: No real need to, but the first two pitches combine...
No real need to, but the first two pitches combine...
Rock Climbing Photo: short nice hand crack.
short nice hand crack.

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By Cunning Linguist
May 2, 2007

Did this route today, and I'd give it 3 stars. Definitely more fun than Sand Felipe, although the overall quality of the bolts affects the fun factor of the climb. Assuming Swain hangers hold falls, I'd reccommend this one to anyone looking to stack on a few more pitches after doing some of the classics nearby. ASCA: this route needs a safe rap anchor! Two bolts, one really rusted hanger located six feet above the last, connected by rotting tat-ugh. Like the Misunderstanding, this one can be rapped with one rope, and the bolts on the second pitch number 10 or less. It is a sport pitch; I hope that's helpful-no gear required after first anchor.
By sqwirll
From: Las Vegas
Jun 17, 2011

Great route. Pitch 1 takes single rack to 2", with double #2's. Pitch 2 is bolts, probably around 8 of them. All bolts and anchors are new and solid. 2 raps with a single 60 get you down.
By Pitty
From: Marbach
May 5, 2013
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b X

climbed it today, found it at least 3 stars. third pitch is added but ends up with a runout to a 2 1/4 bolt anchor, don't understand why this anchor hasn't been changed as well.
with this hanging belay at two 1/4 absolutely dangerous! Recommend not to do the third pitch although it is the best of the three!
By Scott Cooper
Nov 4, 2013

Second pitch is stellar. Great exposure and fun moves.
By Josh Janes
General Admin
Sep 15, 2014

P1 (5.9): Gear, then two bolts.

P2 (5.10a): Fully bolted (7 bolts).

P3 (5.10c): Fully bolted (10 bolts). No run out; anchor is replaced and bomber.

Three raps back down the route with a 60m rope.
By Justin Streit
Mar 8, 2015

A little clarification on gear in the style of JJ.

P1 (5.9): Beautiful gear crack, then two bolts to anchor. I placed .75, 1, and two 2's. Could have used more 1's and even another 2 and could have placed a 3, just didn't have them. No wires or small stuff needed.

P2 (5.10a/b): Bolts (8 maybe?). No gear. A little spacy, but not bad. Holds feel a little crispy, but everything holds.

P3 (5.10d/11a): Bolts (10 maybe?). No gear. Basically straight up passing a set of anchors to your right (at second to last bolt). Once you get to the last obvious bolt, continue up and left into a wide crack with big holds. The anchor, new and bombproof, is on a ledge and out of sight. This pitch is better than the second and totally worth doing.
By Laine Christman
From: Reno, NV
Mar 30, 2015
rating: 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b

I'd agree with Justin, P3 felt a bit harder than 10c, more like 10+ dime edging for the last three bolts or so. There is a bit of runout between the 3rd and 4th bolt (~20ft) but it is easy. If you are worried take a #4 and protect the horizontal in between them. Awesome route!
By Kevin Dahlstrom
From: Fort Worth, TX
Nov 16, 2016

Fun little route. The first 2 pitches link easily and make for one stellar pitch. P3 is 10d, maybe 11a.
By Fernando Cal
From: Long Beach, CA
Apr 17, 2017
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Only did the first two pitches. The first pitch was fun, and the upper second pitch felt like a solid 5.9 face climbing pitch. Crunchy, positive holds. 8b's to the anchors (with rap rings).

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