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Sig Alert (aka Cast Up A Highway) 

YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.10b/c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: (TR) Eric Rasmussen, Rob Segger & Matt Shubert April 1988, FL: Bob Gaines & Bill Russell, December 1997
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Submitted By: Chris Owen on Jan 1, 2002

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Tony on the steep bit.


Start by Nobody Walks in LA (5.9), at the yucca beneath the roof. Climb up to the right-hand end of the roof then pull and step up and left onto the face.

Face climbing leads to the crux, a steepening which yields to bouldering moves, above this the face relents to gain the bolt anchor.

A fun climb which contrasts nicely the crack climbs on this face.

Originally a TR which went up the left side of the roof at 5.11a.


Medium cam (2") for under the starting roof, 5 bolts.

Photos of Sig Alert (aka Cast Up A Highway) Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Two handed dip....what a poser!
Two handed dip....what a poser!
Rock Climbing Photo: Upper portion of Sig Alert
BETA PHOTO: Upper portion of Sig Alert
Rock Climbing Photo: Close up of Tony just past the crux.
Close up of Tony just past the crux.
Rock Climbing Photo: Tennessee moving through the crux.
Tennessee moving through the crux.

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By Randy
Jan 23, 2003

This route is now called "Sig Alert." First Ascent (Lead) was in December, 1997 by Bob Gaines and Bill Russell. They rated it 5.10d. It takes a slightly different line at the bottom than Cast Up A Highway (start by Nobody Walks In LA) and head up left. The name provides a bit of confussion as there is already a route (A top rope variation; route 490 in the 92 guide) with essentially the same name "Sigalert." 80 foot rap from a 2 bolt anchor.
By Randy
Jan 28, 2003

Having just done this climb on Sunday, I would call it 5.10b/c. Good holds and protection; but if Anacram is 5.10c this is no more than 5.10b. Popular and well worth doing.
By C Miller
Dec 8, 2003
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

Fun moves on good rock make this a worthy tick. Seems a little easier than Anacram (5.10c). Basically a sport route except for the piece needed at the start. Three stars out of five.
By Chris Owen
From: Big Bear Lake
Apr 25, 2006

I agree with Randy did this route again yesterday and thought it easier than Tinker Toys which is 5.10b. Great route!
By M.Morley
From: Sacramento, CA
Apr 25, 2006
rating: 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b

Great route, definitely one 10+ move for me, but right at a bolt (bolt #4?).
By Jeff Scheuerell
Dec 20, 2009
rating: 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b

Randy is right, if Anacram is 10c Sig Alert is no more than 10b. But I've had a lot less trouble on several 5.11s than on Anacram. I give Sig Alert 10+.

Another good route from Bob, easier than it looks. I found the third, I think, bolt hard to clip.
By Tavis Ricksecker
Jan 2, 2010
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

Good route! I thought it felt tenuous for the grade, but then again it is Josh..
By Tradoholic
Dec 9, 2014

Finish straight up for full value, a .75 and 1 C4 will sew it up.