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Top Gun 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.10a/b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Ben Chapman & Pam Neal
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Submitted By: Benjamin Chapman on Aug 12, 2015

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Top Gun is a mixed route, with small cams useful t...


Start in the right leaning crack/seam at the left side of the wall. A couple small cams protect the moderate moves to the 1st bolt. Continue up the steep face past four bolts to the anchor.


Left side of the wall, left of "Gun Rail," at a right leaning flared crack/seam.


4 bolts, red Alien, and/or #2 TCU or equivalent. Two ring Fixe anchor.

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Rock Climbing Photo: The crack/seam at the start to Top Gun.
The crack/seam at the start to Top Gun.
Rock Climbing Photo: Leading Top Gun.
Leading Top Gun.
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"Top Gun" climbs the left side of the wa...

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By Jeff Mahoney
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Sep 28, 2015
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Arguably the better of the routes on this side, good movement and a bit more thoughtful than the other straight-up lines, but definitely not 10b. (And using a cam seems like overkill for clipping the first bolt with your feet at about the 7' mark, especially in the Hills. If your belayer is spotting you---like they should be anyway---you'll be fine.)
By BAd
Oct 3, 2015
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Great route, Ben! Yeah, probably the best of the routes on this side. Thanks.

Oh, we were able to stick clip the first bolt, but a cam would be fine, too.

By Dave Daly
From: Kernville, CA
Mar 31, 2016

How can you say that El Jeffe?!! Haven't seen your comments on Gun Rail yet. Or did you even climb it? Feelings hurt. LOL
By Jeff Mahoney
From: Santa Barbara, CA
May 30, 2016
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Yo, Mr. D! Sorry, just saw your comment. Yes, Gun Rail is fun, too! My point is that the movement on Top Gun has more variation with the bit o' crack and a bit o' bulge and a bit o' run. More of a thinker is all. (No hurt feelings, dammit!)
By Bailey Smith
Sep 7, 2016
rating: 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13

The first bolt, while the easiest part of the route, is sort of up there. After that holds are sparse and the rocks are SHARP here. Maybe a first day of a trip kind of route...
By Russ Walling
Apr 16, 2017

Good route and the high first bolt is nothing to go all pant-shitter on... no gear needed.

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