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Obscured by Clouds 

YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b R

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 170'
Original:  YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b R [details]
FA: Mike Graham, Tobin Sorenson & Gib Lewis, 1974
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Submitted By: C Miller on Jan 28, 2006

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Chas Wilson leading the first pitch.


P1) Start about 20' right of some large flakes leaning against the wall (The Guillotine) and climb smooth face up past an overlap (.75 cam) to a bolt shared with Superfluous Bolt, and then continue up and right to another small roof/overlap. Load up the overlap with gear (.65"-1") and then make crimpy moves over the roof (5.10d) to reach a stance and another bolt. Continue past one more bolt (5.9) to reach a bolted belay. Note - it's a 100' rap straight to the ground from this anchor.

P2) Climb unprotected friction moves off the belay to a small flake up and left (thin pro) and then run it out to the top; fortunately the angle quickly kicks back and the climbing, while runout, is much easier.

Climbers comfortable at this grade will find this to be an enjoyable and high quality route that seldom sees much traffic. The name of the route is that of a 1972 Pink Floyd album that also was the soundtrack to La Vallee, a French film.


3 bolts, anchor (all 3/8"), gear to 2.5" (mainly thin),

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By Mike Graham
Apr 18, 2008

Yes we listened to Pink Floyd back then and it may have influenced the name some. The real story is, a fog rolled in while I was leading the first pitch. For a good portion of the Pitch I couldn’t see Tobin or Gib below. It was quite eerie.

You should be able to avoid the bolt on “Superfluous Bolt” but by all means let your comfort level guide you.
By usetob
From: Visalia, Ca.
May 5, 2008

Classic suicide line. scary as hell first time, seems like your wandering around up there..
By Brandon R
From: Sacramento, CA
May 19, 2008

Making the move over the roof was pretty hard. I couldn't come up with a graceful way to do it, instead I pretty much just clawed and scraped my way up it. This might actually be easier for short people, since using the only decent holds left me all scrunched up.
By Darrell Hensel
Sep 17, 2009

aaack. The "shared" bolt on superfluous should be ignored if doing the route in the same style as the FA party did. However, it does make it a little more "sporty" getting to the second overlap. Clip it or skip it, your call. Keep in mind though that it wasn't/isn't really part of Obscured.
By Souljah
From: Northern NM
Aug 16, 2011

Turned the crux , made the clip , blacked-out. Next thing I knew I was on top.

Superfluous ? Bolt ? What bolt ???
By Tradiban
Oct 10, 2016

Soft 10d. I got on some perfect white crimps above the roof and just stood up, it's a little run from there to the next bolt. For P2 some small nuts are good for the flake, then I went up and slightly left to clip the last bolt of Shine On. Seemed like the most likely line that way but I'm sure there was no bolt on the FA.

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