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Mission Control 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Chris Hubbard, Brian Spiewak
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Submitted By: Fins129 on May 24, 2007

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This is a great climb. The crux is at the top through the last three bolts where it gets pretty vertical. This is a great climb for beginners because the first 5 bolts are probably in the 5.6-5.7 range, plus you can skip the last 3 bolts by heading to the right after the 5th bolt and clipping in to the "Beautiful" rap station.


About 15 feet to the right of Lunch rock. You can free solo up the 15 foot face or 4th class around the side to the right.


8 bolts to rap station.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Just passing the first bolt of Mission Control
Just passing the first bolt of Mission Control
Rock Climbing Photo: Kevin and Jonathan sampling Mission Control!
Kevin and Jonathan sampling Mission Control!
Rock Climbing Photo: Mission Control
Mission Control

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By mschlocker
From: San Diego, CA
May 24, 2007
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

I think Chris Hubbard was FA. I also think this is the newest bolted line at the Gorge, 2004 or so. I have heard the intent was to create a good line for beginning leaders.
By Rebecca
From: Broomfield, CO
Jul 31, 2008

Seems to me that there really is not much point in doing this route if you bypass the last few bolts - the bottom of the route is not much harder than a 5.2 - if that. Fun climb if you actually use all the bolts.
By Danny Murphy
From: El Segundo, CA
Jan 20, 2009
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Fun route. Nice long climb. The last bolt is the trickiest!
By Jasmine Kall
Oct 11, 2010

Great climb to take newbies on! Fun Easy climbing with bolts every few feet.
By RockyR
From: Encinitas, CA
Aug 12, 2011

Lead it a while back. The last 2 bolts were tricky for me. Nice fun route!
By Dean Olson
Sep 22, 2011
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

most of the holds are slopey and open, so pick the one that sucks the least and keep moving! crux is definitely a little exposed.
By millz
From: Canon CIty!
Feb 21, 2012
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

yeah i lead it a while back and remember freakin out and pumpin out at the last few bolts! think ill climb it again today!!
By k-laminero
Jun 12, 2012
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13

Long and Safe fun lead.
The first five bolts are fairly easy, probably more of 5.7.
Getting up to the first bolt is a bit freaky if you just started leading. I advise starting to the left. There is a nice ledge, which allows you to get your right foot at the right end of an inclined slab. There is a nice place for a right foot lock there which gives a lot of support. The handholds after that are good.
Once at the 5th bolt, there is a nice earthy wide ledge that allows to take a breather.
You can go up via the left, along the crack which makes things easier but requires quite a bit of reach to clip in. Along the middle takes a bit of confidence and is definitely the crux (did it that way on my second lead of this route).

Very fun for those who just started leading and are looking for practice and confidence building.

Also noteworthy, anchor is on the face. NO need to get over the top.
By Josh Cameron
From: California in my Mind
Dec 23, 2012
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Climb through the chains and finish with the upper orange block of Skyline Pinnacle. May want a #3 camalot to protect the move getting to the 1st bolt on the block. Because of the blocky nature its easy to bust an ankle. Saw a guy today who hurt his ankle on this climb.
By Andrew G
From: Silver Spring, MD
Feb 25, 2013
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Not a huge fan of Mission Control. I suppose it's good for the budding leader because it eases you in at the bottom and is well protected. But I don't find the climbing to be particularly fun or interesting. The cruxy top ~10 feet is just a matter of figuring out which crappy hand hold you want to use to work your feet up.
By Tom Thomas
From: Pittsburgh
Jul 28, 2015

A local guy that was guiding a small group of very happy kids, was kind enough to give some beta to a traveling climber and recommended this route as a safe and well protected sport climb. He was right in fact I had a ton of fun solo leading this route. Here are some long arm pics of this fun route.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down from the start.
Looking down from the start.

Rock Climbing Photo: looking up the route with holds and bolts as far a...
looking up the route with holds and bolts as far as i could see..

Rock Climbing Photo: Nearing the top of the route wishing for more.
Nearing the top of the route wishing for more.

Thanks for the great recommendation.. Please feel free to look me up if your ever out in my neck of the woods..
By Will H.
Feb 6, 2016
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Actual 5.8 climbing begins near the top, so a pretty safe lead. Good for beginners to get their feet wet.

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