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Asbury Park T,TR 
Battle of the Bulbus S 
Bertha S 
Bluesfish S 
Bottoms Up T,TR 
Chum S,TR 
Crack  T 
Crack Au Lait T 
Curious George TR 
Deepwater Horizon S 
Deer Foot Chimney T,TR 
Defective Agency S 
Emilia's Corner T 
Flying Fish S 
Gargoyle Ju-Ju T 
Good Ju-Ju T 
Goonch, The TR 
Great Wide Shark T 
Hairless Dog S 
Hammerhead T 
Harambe Lives 
Harambe's Mombé 
Hellhound (originally submitted as Viagra Crack) T 
Herringbone T 
Herringbone Direct  T 
Hidden Slab 
High Tide S 
Holy Mackerel S 
Isle of Mouse T,TR 
Jaws S 
Jaws Part 2 (Shark Bait) T 
Land Shark T 
Narrow Face T,TR 
Natural Born Topropers T,S,TR 
Nurse Shark T 
Old Man and the Sea S 
Old Man And The Sea Direct S 
Pigeon of the Sea S 
Pinkerton S 
Pinnacle 2 T,TR 
Play With Your Balls T 
Pretzel Logic S 
Prow TR 
S.S. Minnow T 
Sand Dollar  S 
Sand Shark T 
Sea Robin T 
Sea Urchin T 
Side of Mouse TR 
Slap Happy S 
Tendonkey Punch S 
Tiger Shark T 
Tiger's Woody S 
Weakfish S,TR 
Wooly Bully S 
Unsorted Routes:

Sea Robin 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 40'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Mike Cichon
New Route: Yes
Season: all year
Page Views: 1,156
Submitted By: mike c on Apr 4, 2009

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Entering the traverse section.


The beginning has a bit of a sustained hand crack for the grade and the finish traverse is a little sinister. A good warm up with some loose rock up higher. Traverse right to the anchor atop Nurse Shark 20 feet right of Play With Your Balls. This was the first route attempted here and had evidence of prior attempts. I found an old fixed hex on my first rope solo lead attempt, but I backed down and down climbed because of some severely dangerous loose blocks.


The route is about ten feet to the right of Play With Your Balls. It climbs a short hand crack on the left side of a detached pillar, hits a ledge and continues to traverse over to the near rightward anchor. Rap off.


Bomber gear; standard rack up to #2 Camalot.

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Rock Climbing Photo: @ top of first section of crack.
@ top of first section of crack.
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Deb cruisin'.

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By RyanO
From: sunshine
Sep 13, 2010

There are lots of loose blocks still at the top of this route. You can traverse right at the ledge below them, as suggested in the route description, or you can sling the top of the pillar on the left side of the ledge. It's only 20/25 feet tall at the top of the pillar, but it gives you a top rope on the thin hands crack on the right side of the pillar as well. I understand why there are no chains up top of this route, the blocks up top are scary and not worth the extra 10 feet of marginal climbing.
By plantmandan
From: Brighton, CO
Dec 12, 2010
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

I really enjoyed this spicy route. The hand crack at the bottom is great and sucks up gear. The traverse to the hand crack at the top is easier than it looks and takes small cams if you look closely at the horizontal seam. The top hand crack is even sweeter than the bottom. A really great route!
By Jay Eggleston
From: Denver
Jan 4, 2011
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Don't sling the pillar for a TR as suggested by Ryan O! It is detached!!
By mike c
From: golden
Jan 11, 2011

I think this was the first route at the East Quarry to be attempted...before a single bolt was drilled at the East Quarry, I hiked up there and attempted Sea Robin myself on rope solo. I discovered an ancient hex deep in the crack up about 15 feet..the crack was super dirty and filled with a lot of junk...up higher on the ledge and above the ledge were some death blocks which I trundled (fun). I retreated as well fearing some serious danger and being alone. The evidence suggests some prior climbers retreated as well from the hex which had an old carabiner...if anyone has any info on this climb, please let me know.
By RyanO
From: sunshine
Jun 20, 2011

Hey Jay, we've never met, but if you can pull that pillar off, I'll buy you a beer :) At the time, I thought it was a nice (safe) diversion for some budding crack climbers. Regardless, it's probably not a good idea to sling that pillar anyway, because then you have to downclimb to clean your gear.

That's pretty interesting stuff about the old hex, Mike. Do you still place it ;)
By Hardy Fulgham
From: Bay Area
Feb 10, 2013

Followed Mike C. yesterday on this fun little route starting with some hand jamming and then a little traverse to the right before topping out. Several cool features crammed into this short climb!
By Doug Redosh
From: Golden, CO
May 28, 2014
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

It may feel like 5.8 if you just spent a week at Indian Creek. I followed this yesterday and it is strenuous. My partner, who leads 5.9 trad, even had a hard time on this. The traverse is 5.8 and the upper crack is 5.9. On the initial crack/corner, one can get some decent assist holds out to the left and up to the R up higher. 10a IMHO, especially if you compare to other crack climbs at North Table.

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