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Sendero Luminoso 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 115'
Original:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b R [details]
FA: Joe Rousek & Robert Parker - 1990
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Submitted By: Josh Janes on Oct 31, 2006

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Joel high up on the arete


This fun arete climb offers great position and a challenging surprise at the end. It takes the main arete of the Solarium buttress. Climb an easy and completely unprotected ramp up and left towards the arete, or head up the direct start (which has one bolt) at 5.10b. The direct start is nicer but it forces your belayer to stand in an annoyingly loose slope of scree. Exercise caution making the first clip if doing the direct start, and falling before clipping the next bolt, from either start, would be very, very bad. But don't worry; the climbing is easy. Continue up the face just right of the arete until you move left around the arete to start climbing the fun slab where the climb changes character unexpectedly!


A dozen draws or so. A 70m rope allows a margin of safety; it might not be possible to lower off with a 60m if the draws are all clipped (a 60m is sufficient for rapping, however).

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Martin sending
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Sendero and Split Decision
Rock Climbing Photo: Joel starting up the route
Joel starting up the route
Rock Climbing Photo: Dave with the one of the many LADWP ruins below.
Dave with the one of the many LADWP ruins below.
Rock Climbing Photo: scary anchors at the top of 'Sendero'.  They have ...
BETA PHOTO: scary anchors at the top of 'Sendero'. They have ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Midway up the wall on Sendero Luminoso
Midway up the wall on Sendero Luminoso
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Some guy at the top of 'Sendero Luminoso' (upper l...
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the route

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By C Miller
From: CA
Oct 31, 2006
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

Yet another great ORG route that comes highly recommended. The crux is at the very top, as mentioned, and certainly will grab your attention with the abrupt and complete change of climbing style required to reach the anchors.

The name Sendero Luminoso means "shining path" in Spanish and is a reference to the communist party of Peru.
By Derek Lawrence
From: Bailey
Dec 12, 2006
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13

Really fun route! A 60m will just barely get you down on rappel. It will NOT work to lower thru the draws. Also, the anchors at the top are in horrible condition. I would suggest rappelling from the rings instead of lowering...
By caughtinside
From: Oakland CA
Jan 6, 2007
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

This and Whacked Scenario might be my favorite routes that I've done in the gorge. Also, I have lowered off with a 60 and cleaned draws on the way down. I had to swing to the right at the bottom, then boulder up to retrieve the first draw. No big deal. But you can't lower and then let a partner tr through the qds from below.
By Tavis Ricksecker
Jul 4, 2007
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

This route really should not receive the R rating. I always understood an "R" to mean that the climb was runout or bad pro AT THE CRUX and a fall FROM THE CRUX would likely result in injury. In the case of Sendero, the 10b crux is well protected. It is only the beginning 5.7 moves that are runout, but they are surely a cakewalk compared to the harder climbing near the top of this great pitch.

Also, the real Sendero Luminoso is not a legitimate communist party but a group of fanatic Maoist radicals that regularly engages in kidnapping and murder of local politicians and anyone else who stands in their way.
By susan peplow
From: Joshua Tree
Jun 1, 2008
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

This is a really great route that gives you nearly sustained .10 climbing up the headwall and just as you think you're about done you get the surprise. Even when you know it's coming you think, ahh crap.

I've climbed a bunch in a variety of places and I can't think of another route that has the same type of finish. It's unique in that sense.

As for being runout. I don't think so, where the bolt placements are spaced down low is significantly easier climbing across a ledge.

Incidentally, I've lowered from from the lead using a 60m to the right with no problem. A 70m gives you plenty of cord to lower directly into the sloping dirt.
By AWinters
From: NH
Jan 25, 2009
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

Anchors have been replaced and are BOMB- 4 mussies on 2 hangers. There's a real nice belay platform at the base now also
By Simon W
From: Nowhere Land
Jun 25, 2013

Great climb. Slab crux definitely caught me off guard despite knowing it was coming.

Condition report: As of 6/23/2013 there are two new mussies in relatively good shape (although some people are obviously lowering/TR'ing on them), one of the old worn out mussies, and one of the old mussies, completely broken! Only half of the hook, and the gate remain.

I rapped off the new mussies without issue, but it would probably be good if someone cleans the broken mussy at some point..
By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
Jan 5, 2015
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13

Pretty amazing that such a wild and aesthetic feature has a 5.10 running right up it- and a great climb at that.

I also noticed the old clips were broken (i think this was done intentionally so people would use the new mussys instead of the old ones)- but damn if they weren't sharp and hanging down near the rope when threaded through the new mussys. I've noticed this is something common in the gorge when those types of clips are replaced with mussys and to be honest, I'd really like to see a better replacement effort- especially on this route.
By Sergey Shelukhin
From: Seattle, WA
May 26, 2015

One day someone will pull a rock on the not-so-solid run out section and deck. Overall it's overrated IMHO, slab is fun but it's short and before that you just pull on hollow flakes all the way up...
By Brant Hysell
From: Huntington Beach, CA
Dec 8, 2016

I enjoyed the route quite a bit and it definitely has an airy feeling to it. Make sure to bring long draws for the clip down low and the one around the arete(bolt 7 or so).

I found a set of draws and a hat at the bottom this past weekend. Message me the description of either and I will gladly send them your way.

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