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The Great Gazoo 

YDS: 5.12- French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 165'
Original:  YDS: 5.12- French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Tony Sartin and Tom Murphy, Sept. 2008
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Murf on Aug 5, 2009

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A interesting face climb that climbs a fairly direct line up the West Face.

Start in the right side of the flakes system (what I would consider right of the start of Switchbacks) and climb directly up to the bush on the small ledge. From the bush climb straight up past 2 bolts (crux) to another small ledge. Follow the ledge to the right, then up and left past an overlap to a bolt. Continue up past two more bolts (.11-) to the ledge system that crosses the face (this same ledge continues all the way to The Quarry/Blankety Blank anchor). From there, climb a short headwall with a bolt to the left side of a roof. Tricky moves protected by a fixed pin lead to a 2 bolt anchor.

To descend you need two ropes. Alternately, one can just reach the anchor on the first pitch of Fred with a 60m rope.

The crux is a devious move, best done in the shade, followed by a powerful pull on thin edges.


The pitch starts somewhat the same as Switchbacks, and can be identified by the bush located on a ledge about 25' up.


6 bolts, 1 pin, a few finger size pieces, and a large piece.

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By Murf
Aug 5, 2009

The grade is tentative,due to the fact that I don't know if it has seen a second ascent.
By GDavis
Apr 4, 2016

Tried it. Couldn't pull crux moves at all. Not even close.... felt way harder than crux of P1 Fright Night.
By Ben May
From: Escondido, CA
Sep 17, 2017

From the tree, you basically have to work this difficult hand-foot match / mantle on this small edge and trust your foot. Next crux is simply small holds with smearing feet. I also could not piece this together.
Also, higher up on the route, you come to a ledge where you're quite run-out. There aren't really options for pro there and the next bolt is several feet above on difficult slab. Keep this in mind if you go for the lead. It's heady!

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