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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Pete Paredes, Nathan Mitts, Ted Peace, Diane Peace & Chris Miller, July 2001
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Submitted By: C Miller on Dec 8, 2006

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Looking up at Smackdown after a lead.


Climb a short vertical face (crux) which quickly slabs out at the second bolt. From here the climb wanders up the slab to a steep finish, which involves handrailing out right along a horizontal crack to a shared anchor with Whiptail.

The name comes from a slab-smacking fall, which earned a fractured ankle, by one of the members of the FA party (not me).


Locate this route on the right side of the north face - just left of Whiptail on a slabby section of rock.


6 bolts, sport anchor

Photos of Smackdown Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Going for the anchors on Smackdown (5.8), Holcomb ...
Going for the anchors on Smackdown (5.8), Holcomb ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Tom D at the finish of Smackdown.
Tom D at the finish of Smackdown.
Rock Climbing Photo: Smackdown (5.8) on the left and Whiptail (5.9) on ...
BETA PHOTO: Smackdown (5.8) on the left and Whiptail (5.9) on ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Tandora leading Smackdown.
Tandora leading Smackdown.

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By Coon
May 26, 2013

Wish I woulda climbed this with some beta. Took two crappy falls trying to top out on the little roof where the anchors are set, expecting there to be holds above the anchor thinking clipping from bellow seemed too hard for 5.8. Had a couple peeks over the top and saw that it was a bunch of loose sediment. So clip from the horizontal crack bellow the anchors. Otherwise it's a walk up.
By Sean Roozen
From: Port Hueneme, California
Sep 8, 2014
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Loved the climb, I thought it was much more difficult than a 5.8, the last move felt more in the range of a 5.10. Setting the anchor was by far the most difficult, I had to bail out, couldn't quite get it. I tried to set it from both the Smackdown side and from Whiptail.
By Frenchy750
Oct 4, 2014

I was smacked down trying to clip the anchors today. Took a nice 'Weekend Whipper' too. Nothing bruised except maybe my pride a little.

I was trying to traverse the little ledge at the top from the left side. It didn't work. After bailing, I watched another (much taller than me) climber slab his way up directly under the anchors, then reach up and quickly make the clip.

Much better way to go than what I tried to do.
By Alex Fletcher
From: San Clemente, CA
Jul 5, 2016
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

This is a great route to set up a top rope on if that's what you're into. Both this and the route on the arete can be climbed from the same anchor. Personally I find whiptail, the other route, easier (read more fun and straightforward), but that may be because I'm not a huge fan of slab.

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