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YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 150'
Original:  YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a [details]
FA: Gary Slate & Joe Rousek, 3/90
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Submitted By: david goldstein on Jul 29, 2006

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The Belay


One of my top five ORG routes. Perfect rock, sustained, intricate climbing and a unique belay, nearly in the river, combine for a memorable sport pitch.

From the very right side of the Social Platform, climb down a man-made rock wall, then traverse above the river to a scaffolding where the belay is established. Santana itself passes 8 bolts on immaculate rock with three cruxes: getting to the roof above the 2nd bolt (long way from B2 to B3, may want supplemental yellow Alien or small nut), above the 5th bolt and above the 7th. The upper cruxes are somewhat atypical for the gorge -- off vertical technical face moves. There are anchors after the 8th bolt (if you rap here, it takes work to keep your ropes out of the river), but for full value, keep going onto the Abraxas finish, 8 more bolts of vertical face (rock quality deteriorates a little) with a 10d crux near the end. From the end of Abraxas, rap 90' to the top of the Hotcake Flake whence another single-rope rap will get you to the ground.

Note: the route was put in before the river was restored. The original start is now underwater as is, I believe, the first bolt.


17 draws if you go big.

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Rock Climbing Photo: John Howland at the belay.
John Howland at the belay.

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By 426
Mar 27, 2007

still a classic, but more fun when you climbed off the mini "beach"
By Simon W
From: Nowhere Land
Sep 3, 2014

How big of a deal is it getting out to the belay platform?

I was scoping it out from across the river the other day and it looks like a long way from the first platform to the second, without much to work with on the wall.. If it weren't for all the cow shit I'd love to take a swim in the Owens River, but I don't want to get my rope wet!
By cdavey
Nov 16, 2015

climbing a sport pitch above the river like that truly was very memorable. i was newer to climbing when i got on this thing and vividly recall looking down while climbing to grab the rope and seeing my belayers head poke out from beneath the roof and the river below that. so fun.
By Andrew Child
From: Santa Clara
Dec 20, 2016

Getting to the platform is not bad. We roped up and traversed in, but the climbing wasn't hard and falling would have been more of an inconvenience than a danger.

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