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Top of the Pops.  

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Trad, 30'
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
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Submitted By: Joshua Reinig on Mar 25, 2014

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One of the best splitters at The Gorge. Arguably better than Craig's Crack but not quite as hard and not quits as magnificent positioning as Craig's. Nonetheless the climb, jams, rock quality and positioning are stellar.
If only all the rock at The Gorge was this good!


Located directly above SkyLine pinnacle, one tier up.
Just left of History Book.


Two bolt anchor. SLCD to size #2.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Top of the Pops!
Top of the Pops!
Rock Climbing Photo: Arete on the left is Punk Rock Show.
BETA PHOTO: Arete on the left is Punk Rock Show.
Rock Climbing Photo: How to find Top of the Pops
BETA PHOTO: How to find Top of the Pops
Rock Climbing Photo: View from above.
BETA PHOTO: View from above.

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By Joshua Reinig
May 22, 2014

Thanks Neal. The hanger has been missing for years. Have never gotten around to replacing it. :)
By Neal Harder
From: San Diego
Jun 14, 2014

Bolt hangers on anchor replaced 6/14/2014. There are 6 lines that you can toprope from this anchor ranging from 5.2 chimney to 5.11 arete.
By Bailey Miller
May 31, 2015
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Took some time for me to find this climb. If coming from the gully behind Skyline, you need to scramble up and over some chockstones. You can also hike up to the top and drop in from above. Also beware: only about 2 moves of jamming before it goes to easy lie-backing.

The arete climb to the left was very fun as well.
By Neal Harder
From: San Diego
Aug 23, 2015

The best approach is to continue uphill past History Book until you are almost to the top, then cut right on a small ramp that leads to the top of an obscure route called Khyber Squirrel. From there you can easily reach the TR anchor, or drop down to the base of the formation.
By Neal Harder
From: San Diego
Aug 23, 2015

The arete is the best route on the formation. I believe it's called Punk Rock Show (5.10c), but can't find the source of that info now. The face to the left of the arete can be climbed by 2 variations which are both fun, but short. The right-hand variation is a thin crack that can be lead on gear, I think it's called No Ticket (5.10b). The left-hand variation involves side-pulls and crimps and is about the same difficulty. The other two lines to climb are the squeeze chimney on the far right (5.2?) and the low-angle crack on the far left (5.4?, can be lead on gear).
By Kyle Wills
From: Chicago, IL
Sep 20, 2015
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Definitely difficult to find. Thanks to the only photo being taken from the top, I opted to finally walk around on the top till I spotted it. Which was immediately. I have attached some photos to help people get there. If you wish to avoid hiking above the formation.

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