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Sandstone Balls 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 170'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Brandon Thau, John Thau & Michael Hong, April 25,1993
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Submitted By: C Miller on Jan 3, 2009

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BETA PHOTO: Sandstone Balls (5.8), Mormon Rocks


P1) Climb easy terrain to the first bolt about 30' up and then continue up the waterstreak using pebbles and cobbles past a distinct crux at the 7th bolt to finish on a large ledge with a small tree.

P2) Continue up past 5 more bolts and then run it out on easy terrain to a large ledge with another set of anchors. It's easy to combine both pitches into one but the first pitch is the best.

  • To descend make two single rope raps to the ground with a 60 meter rope. If doing just the first pitch a 60 meter rope will get you down to the 1st bolt from which it's an easy down-climb to reach the base of the route.


The obvious waterstreak on the left side of the wall.


15 bolts, bolted anchors (bolts are all 3/8")

Photos of Sandstone Balls Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: From the 2nd anchor.
From the 2nd anchor.
Rock Climbing Photo: from the top
from the top
Rock Climbing Photo: a ways up the first pitch. Green rope is the tag l...
a ways up the first pitch. Green rope is the tag l...
Rock Climbing Photo: 23 year old rusty bolt. Eek!
BETA PHOTO: 23 year old rusty bolt. Eek!
Rock Climbing Photo: Jordan Darr over half way up.
Jordan Darr over half way up.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sandstone Balls (5.8), Mormon Slab
Sandstone Balls (5.8), Mormon Slab
Rock Climbing Photo: Sandstone Balls
Sandstone Balls

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By C Miller
From: CA
Nov 21, 2012

All of the bolts on this route are currently 3/8" and solid.
By Chris Asencio
From: Hesperia, CA
Apr 21, 2015

Very fun longer sport route, there are a few spinners so keep that in mind.
By Eric Odenthal
Jan 4, 2016

Have looked at these rocks for years. Finally made the 5 minute drive and 10 minute approach. Tried the first route, the 5.6x. Backed off, it was sketchy, loose and beyond runout. A fall could rip all the skin off, wear layers. Made our way to the wall over the ridge. Great size routes. Bolts were massively rusted and probably wouldn't be ideal to fall on. Climbing is chill with fun moves the whole way, cobbles are solid. Linked up p2 with a 70m, could be done with a 60m as that is the length of the link. Double 60m rappel. Listen for the trains.

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