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Silver Streak 

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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 200'
Original:  YDS: 5.10b/c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Barton/Poedtke
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Submitted By: Weston L on Jul 25, 2012  with updates from old5ten

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A very fun route with solid rock quality and a tricky crux, a definite must-do for those who like slab climbing.


Follow the standard approach to PSOM Slab. From here, hike uphill and climb P1 of the John Fischer Memorial Route to the anchors (5.10a). Look up from the anchors and at about 10 o'clock you will spot a bulge to a set of mussy hook anchors from here. Climb to those anchors (5.8) and you are at the base of Silver Streak. Rappel with two 70 meter ropes.


14 draws and optional small nuts. Two ropes.

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By old5ten
From: Berkeley + Sunny Slopes, CA
Dec 23, 2013
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

really fun slab route. 4 out of 5 stars. it hasn't seen that much use, so there are a bunch of friable little chips. there's really no need to use them. friction!

imho this is NOT 10b/c, 10+, or PG-13. there isn't any move technically harder than the crux (10a) of the 1st/approach pitch on JFMB. the route is well protected (13 bolts) and there is an opportunity to put in gear before the first bolt, after the first bolt, and after the last bolt. the crux section, between the 8th and 10th bolts, is fairly tightly bolted.

it's easily possible to access this route from the top (P3) anchor of "Racing Lizards' (about 25' left and slightly up).

it is possible to do a single rap on double 70m ropes from the base of 'silver streak' to the base of the bolted 5.8 starting variation 9'controversial insert') of 'racing lizards' - it's pretty tight, so knot/watch your ends!
it's also nicer/more aesthetic to climb up this way. just make sure your second is tied-in, shoes on, and ready to go. make sure your rope runs as straight as possible. a handful of smaller sized cams (3/8-3/4) should suffice for this. 5.7/8R
By Muscrat
Nov 26, 2014
rating: 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

Yes, very well protected, but as the 'friable chips' break off, it gets funner, more 'interesting' and closer to the 10.c rating. This is really worth doing, great slab workout. Yes...friction! Try it at night with headlamp, really...interesting. Nice line Kent.
By old5ten
From: Berkeley + Sunny Slopes, CA
Sep 19, 2017
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Note that after the 6th bolt a few bolts can be seen off to the right and slightly up. This is where Tumbleweed Tales branches off, Silver Streak continues straight up. The bolted line straight up above the top anchor of Silver Streak is Anger Management. Masters Of Choss goes up and right from there on gear.

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