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Dirty Tricks T 
Fifteen Minute Gap T 
H.R. Hardman T 
I Am Not A Crook T 
Malicious Deception T 
Pardon Me T 
Political Asylum T 
T-N-T S 
T. Gordon Liddy T 
Tricky Dick S 
Unsightly Blemishes T 
White Collar Crime T 
White House Plumbers TR 

Pardon Me 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a R

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 40'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a R [details]
FA: Todd Swain, Allen Steck, Steve Roper & John Thackray, December 1988
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Submitted By: C Miller on Feb 27, 2006

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Pardon Me - political button from the 1970's


Begin near the left margin of the face, just left of White Collar Crime, at a hand crack which thins and dies out after ten feet. Continue up the lumpy face past two bolt to an anchor at the top.

Short and enthralling and one star out of five.


2 bolts, 2 bolt anchor (all 3/8"); hangers only at the top

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By susan peplow
From: Joshua Tree
Nov 29, 2014

Good route, crack protects with high gear and transition onto the face. Actual crux is probably just before the 2nd bolt but not significantly run out at that point. Clean rock, fun & can be set up for the TR if you're not feeling it. 1.5 stars
By Bob Gaines
Apr 15, 2015

Begins with a short hand crack, then has 2 bolts on the slab.
By C Miller
From: CA
Apr 17, 2015

This route is listed in the 1989 Joshua Tree Supplement (Vogel/Bartlett), the 1992 Joshua Tree Guidebook (Vogel) and both editions (1992 and 2002) of the Rock Climbs of Central Joshua Tree guidebook (Bartlett) as having one bolt.

Obviously a second bolt has been added, not unlike W.A.C. in Echo Cove, which needs to be removed - Murf, you out there?
By Bob Gaines
Apr 17, 2015

There are a couple of mistakes in the Vogel 1992 book on Watergate Rock. The big one is that the route immediately left of Pardon Me, route 1826 (listed as Political Rehabilitation 5.8) is depicted in the photodiagram as having one bolt and it actually has none!

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