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The Owl 

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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 30'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
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Submitted By: scottydo on Apr 11, 2009

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Climb an overhanging (not a long overhang) hand crack on the left end of Owl Ledge. Difficulty eases to 5.4 after 15 ft. This used to be a 5.6 climb but a large 1000lb flake fell out of the start in 2001 (Or some say!). Currently rated 5.8!


This climb is a fairly obvious crack a ways left of the more obvious Nutcracker crack and Gallwas crack.


Medium cams or stopppers. Descend off rap anchors at top

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By RockyR
From: Encinitas, CA
Aug 17, 2011

When I get a chance to climb this route, it is always fun! TR'd. I love the first couple moves on this route. It is very gym-like moves. Super fun!!
By Marc Kajut
From: San Diego, CA
Oct 20, 2011
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

So despite what some will say... this route is an easier route with some fall potential one or two moves off the ground before you pull the roof (how you choose to do this determines whether or not this climb is an easy 5.7 or hard 5.8 for you.) Make sure to place good pro so that when you fall the first time you try this you gain some confidence in your placements! Cheers, MK
By RockyR
From: Encinitas, CA
May 25, 2012

Led it on 5.22.12. I agree w/ Marc about placing good pro prior to the crux. I added a few more pros before placing a knee bar. I look forward to leading it again...clean! So much fun!!
By Jason Kim
From: Encinitas, CA
Mar 31, 2013

Short climb with a committing, tricky start.
By JTLA Tolins
From: Los Angeles, California
Dec 30, 2016

Hey, my girlfriend and I visited the area on December 7 of this year and accidentally left behind a number 5 BD cam in the crack at the bottom of this climb. If anyone has climbed this climb since then and come across this cam I would be forever indebted to you if I could get it back. Thanks. James (508) 868 5671.

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