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Ride a Wild Bago 

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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a R [details]
FA: Randy Vogel & Dave Evans, December 1978
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Submitted By: Tony B on Dec 25, 2002

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BETA PHOTO: The west face of Sports Challenge Rock as seen fro...


This route is just to the right of Sphincter Quits on the west side of Sports Challenge Rock. It gains a crack system some 20' right of that climb and continues to the summit.

Approach this climb as for Sphincter Quits, then scramble up and right at the base of the wall to reach the base of this climb. A small amount of scrambling is required to reach the base, but it's reasonably safe.

NOTE: The 1992 edition of the J-tree book grossly misnumbers the entire topo/photo.

Climb up and right on face holds to reach a thin crack/seam that continues up and slightly right to a shallow dihedral and the right side of the summit block. This does not protect very well or easily, but the moves are mostly positive and a 5.10 climber should easily on-sight the route. Belay from large cams in cracks, or a long cord to the bolts above Rap Bolters Are Weak.

To descend, rap from the bolts atop Rap Bolters Are Weak or scramble down the southern end of the formation.


A set of nuts including small nuts and a set of TCU's. Slider-nuts might go here or there.

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By Tavis Ricksecker
Nov 11, 2007
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13

The pro was a bit tricky, and I remember being quite engaged, but it's not exactly run-out. With a little thinking, you can engineer gear that would keep you safe. PG-13, and a fun route.
By Daniel Cohn
Nov 17, 2008
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

It was a little tricky to place gear at crux but it is good if placed correctly. Stepping over the chasm onto the wall to start (instead of starting from the boulder to the left) was pretty easy and reasonably well protected. Definitely not R when done like that.
By Simon Hatfield
From: Oakland, CA
Mar 17, 2012
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

You won't regret bringing a #4 on this route, although it could totally be done without it.

Easier than Sphincter Quits
By Mostafa Noori
From: Fresno, CA
Nov 28, 2013

Word of caution I almost fell twice on this when two holds up high before the wide section broke.
Nov 28, 2013

^^^ The aftermath of that is that the breakable rock is now all gone, leaving a very nice hold.

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