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Screaming Yellow Zonkers 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 85'
Original:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Kent Benesch Alan Watts 1982
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Submitted By: Bryson Slothower on Mar 7, 2006  with updates from Carl Schaefer

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A very interesting route. It wanders a bit, and has a lot of variation. Zig zag your way up the face to a final steep move below the anchor.
Careful lowering off.


between Moons of Pluto and Cosmos.


9 bolts with fixed biners at the anchor. As always, TR off your own draws.

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Rock Climbing Photo: high up, hot day
high up, hot day
Rock Climbing Photo: Some rando gripping the dish
Some rando gripping the dish
Rock Climbing Photo: Bringing the 90s to 2012 at Smith with an old Cano...
Bringing the 90s to 2012 at Smith with an old Cano...
Rock Climbing Photo: Nubbin hoppin on SYZ. Fun route!
Nubbin hoppin on SYZ. Fun route!
Rock Climbing Photo: Screaming Yellow Zonkers 4/20/15
Screaming Yellow Zonkers 4/20/15
Rock Climbing Photo: SYZ.
Rock Climbing Photo: Kathryn mid-route
Kathryn mid-route
Rock Climbing Photo: first part of SYZ
first part of SYZ
Rock Climbing Photo: The view from Screaming Yellow Zonkers.
The view from Screaming Yellow Zonkers.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sarah following up SYZ on a gorgeous Smith day.
Sarah following up SYZ on a gorgeous Smith day.

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By Andy Laakmann
Site Landlord
From: Bend, OR
May 13, 2007
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

The bolts have all been replaced and positions improved. They are bomber now and the route is perfectly protected. Not too many bolts, not too few bolts. Just right.....

As good as 5.10 gets at Smith. Good, fun knob pulling! A 60m just makes the belay ledge, so watch your ends.
By 1Eric Rhicard
Jun 15, 2008

Did this climb Moons of Pluto and Bad Moon Rising. These were my introduction to the knobs and I love them. Three best pitches I have done at Smith in my three days of climbing there.
By Frogmen83
Aug 27, 2009

Excellent line!
By Toby Butterfield
From: Portland, OR
Aug 1, 2011
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

I felt that no one move on this was any harder than the hardest moves on Cosmos, it's just really sustained. And I mean that in the sense that all the moves are about the same 10b level of difficulty, not that there aren't rest stances. There are actually a few places where you climb past pockets, and can stuff your feet into those pockets and get really comfy no-hands rests.

Wonderfully long, sustained, great. Do it!
By JGHarrison harrison
From: Reno, NV
Oct 30, 2011

Awesome climb. I think its the best archetypal climb of the grade for Smith Rock. The little nubbins you balance up characterize so much of what makes Smith sweet.
By pdxuller
Oct 9, 2013

Perfect smith nubby 5.10. Nubs and more nubs. Well bolted, lots of fun. The bolts are newer and totally fine. I don't remember it wandering very much, except at the top where you move right to the anchors.
By Alan Zhan
From: Seattle, WA
Jul 16, 2014

did this on TR a few days ago and loved the blank section towards the top. Pinching and pulling on knobs is so much fun.
By Serge Smirnov
Sep 5, 2016

The start looked like it needed a clip stick more than most routes at smith. Maybe it's easier than it looks - don't know, didn't climb.
By Jimmy Downhillinthesnow
From: Bozeman, Montana
Nov 9, 2016

The start for this and Moons of Pluto is much easier than it looks. If you're a 5.10 climber, you'll be fine--and you'd need an enormous stick clip to get the bolt anyway. But yeah, don't fall before the first bolt. It'd be catastrophic.
By Alan Zhan
From: Seattle, WA
Apr 14, 2017

went back for the lead. Still incredible, but I have to reiterate how well bolted this thing is. Perfect clipping positions and spacing!

must do along with Moons of Pluto
By Jordan Perlmutter
May 18, 2017


I pulled out a bolt in this route today. By pulled I mean the bolt jiggled out of the hole while I was rapping to clean it. Super spooky. It was the fifth or sixth bolt, in the vicinity of the crux so be ready for a huge runout on the steepest part of the wall. We left the bad bolt tied to the first bolt with some cord as a warning. I don't know who to contact about rebolting, but anyway it should probably be a glue in for that spot.

Super great climb, true to grade, get on it if you dare!
By Jennifer Strauss
Jun 4, 2017
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

6/3/2017 - There was a bolt hanging from the first bolt of the route. It appears the bolt protecting the crux came out.
By Kyle Tarry
From: Portland, OR
Jun 17, 2017

Crux bolt missing as of 6/17. Makes the crux section extra heady!
By AlecBerg
Jun 25, 2017

Missing bolt has been replaced. A big thank you to the anonymous rebolter!
By Patrick Beeson
From: Portland, OR
10 hours ago
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

Tremendous route!

The first bolt is high, but fear not: You're just a high-foot away using bomber jugs.

Also, stay left at the beginning to experience some great side-pulls to the start of the nub staircase.

This route is similar to Cosmos to the left, but more consistent and sustained. It's quite long!

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