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

Type:  Sport, 2 pitches, 180'
Original:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Steve Habovstak
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Submitted By: Nathan Fisher on Aug 10, 2004

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This is the middle line of the new bolted lines just left of Unemployment Line. It starts on a lower face with 3 bolts, hits a ledge and then continues up the extremely chossy and mossy face. It ends at a hanging belay with only 5.7 or maybe 5.8 moves below you. The second pitch gets a little harder and then finally what you have been climbing 150 feet for... the 5.10a crux (trumpets sounding). It is a nice thin sequence, but 2 moves don't make a climb. Maybe, if it cleans up, and I don't see how, since I gave it such a bad rating, it will earn 1 star, but no more. Oh yeah, haha, I almost forgot, as I was working the crux, there came a most irritating creaking sound as my right hand decided to tug too hard on a cantaloupe sized handhold that ripped off on me. (Funny thinhg is that was the calmest 15-footer I have ever taken.) It looked solid, it felt solid, it even smelled solid. So anyway, wear your helmet (as Vince was), pay attention to falling cantaloupes and moss, and that 5.10a crux may have just gotten harder.


Bolted all the way up with nary a space. 10 or so draws per pitch. 2 60 meter ropes are nice for the rappel.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Start
Rock Climbing Photo: Mid-to-west JHCOB wall, showing three routes put u...
BETA PHOTO: Mid-to-west JHCOB wall, showing three routes put u...
Rock Climbing Photo: Vince on the not so fun lead of the 1st pitch of R...
Vince on the not so fun lead of the 1st pitch of R...
Rock Climbing Photo: Just before my handhold ripped.
Just before my handhold ripped.

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By James Garrett
Jul 17, 2010

The 3 Stevo bolted multi-pitch lines on this wall deserve more attention and certainly a better write-up. They are not loose, at least compared to other BCC routes and the belays and the climbing are excellent. Assembly Line, Retribution, and Predecessor will all provide entertainment and shady climbs in a great area. Additionally, you can't beat the approach.
By Chris Komlos
Jul 11, 2012
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Well protected climb, definitely no harder than 5.10a. Pitch 1 is 12 bolts to pretty good stance. Pitch 2 is 8 bolts to another semi-ledge. The belay stance from ground level is no fun, though, as the slope is rather steep.

Climbing was mossy and scattered with plants at times, but definitely some fun moves, especially pitch 2. Not the best quality of rock (seems chossy, although nothing actually moved or broke on me). A few good ascents should improve the route quality. Predissessor (5.10c route just to the left (see topo)) looked better, but we didn't get onto that line.

A good approach is to take the zig-zagging trail up the slate scree slope (still park at the 'Remnants...' sign) to the top of the talus. You'll see a steep wall with bolts and probably some hanging draws (not sure what that wall is or what routes it holds), move east down the wall to the start of Retrobution. Or you can just scramble up from below, but there wasn't much of a trail.
By Garrett C
From: SL,UT
Apr 18, 2014
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

A nice sport multi pitch, but still chossy and lots of loose rock. Still very enjoyable however.
By Paul Wilhelmsen
From: sandy, ut
Jul 10, 2015

Fun line for sure. Hard to beat the approach and I haven't seen another person on any of three bolted multipitches while i've been up there.

Double check you're getting yourself on the right bolt line before you start; I accidentally got on Predissessor the first time I went to get on retrobution.

Retrobution starts under a tree, literally. The branches hang down a little and touch the first two bolts.
By Mulch
From: SLC, Utah
Aug 14, 2017

Great climb that definitely needs more attention. Not loose at all just one mossy section.

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