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Motherlode Rock - West Face

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L to R R to L Alpha
Funkadelia T 
Golden Showers T 
Good Day for a Hangin' S 
Highgrader S 
Long Arm of The Law S 
Mighty Quinn S 
Panning for Gold S 
Reach for the Sky S 
Stake Your Claim S 
Whiskeroo S 

Motherlode Rock - West Face Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: C Miller on Aug 23, 2006
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Reach for the Sky (5.10b), Holcomb Valley Pinnacle...


Perhaps the best side of this crag, this offers some longer (for the the area) routes as well as a good selection of climbs in the 5.10-5.11a range.

The wall is comprised of two sections with a "break" in the middle, which is just a shorter, less inspiring section of wall. The routes on the left portion of the wall rise from a rocky gully, while the routes on the right side start from fairly level ground.

Some recommended routes here include Panning for Gold (5.10b), Mighty Quinn (5.10c) and Stake Your Claim (5.10d).

Routes listed from left to right:

Highgrader (5.11a)
Stake Your Claim (5.10d)
Mighty Quinn (5.10c)
Long Arm of The Law (5.11a)
Good Day for a Hangin' (5.10b)
Funkadelia (5.9)
Reach for the Sky (5.10b)
Whiskeroo (5.10c)
Panning for Gold (5.10b)
Golden Showers (5.9)

Getting There 

Easily approached from the northern parking area by following a well-defined trail system that passes beneath the Incinerator Wall and cutting right up a steep, rocky gully that lies beneath the left side of the west face. Plan on 1-5 minutes for the approach depending upon where you park and how far up the gully your chosen route resides.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.5 miles from here

10 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Motherlode Rock - West Face

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Motherlode Rock - West Face:
Golden Showers   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Reach for the Sky   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Panning for Gold   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   
Mighty Quinn   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Stake Your Claim   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Long Arm of The Law   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Mighty Quinn 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  California : San Bernardino Mountains : ... : Motherlode Rock - West Face
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