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Truckin' Drive 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a PG13

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 300'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a PG13 [details]
FA: Dick Dorworth, Chris Vandiver, 1971
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Submitted By: Blitzo on Mar 16, 2007

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Truckin' Drive is a great and humbling intro to slab climbing.

To the left of The Water Cracks, is a short headwall.

Climb up to the right side base of this headwall (5.4~5.6).

Climb up and left along the edge and top of the headwall (a little scary for the follower), to a bolt. Continue left, then up past another bolt to a two bolt belay.

Climb a 5.8 pitch, past two bolts to the walk off ledge.

Or rappel twice with a 70 m rope.


A light rack, draws.

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By Greg DeMatteo
From: W. Lebanon, NH
May 17, 2007
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13

I always loved this route! A great and humbling intro to slab climbing.
By Luca Keushguerian
From: RRG
Jul 9, 2013

For the record the original name for this route is Truckin' Drive NOT Truck N' Drive.
I read an old R&I article that mentions it. 5th paragraph down.
By Rob Dillon
Aug 8, 2013

From Dorworth's article:

" Chris Vandiver and I named a route on Lembert Dome in Tuolumne Meadows Truckin' Drive. It is next to the older route Rawl Drive, named after the Rawl drill which was used in the early days of placing bolts by hand (as was done on both routes). Truckin' Drive was named after the Grateful Dead song "Truckin'" and particularly for the famous verse:

Sometimes the light's all shinin' on me;

Other times, I can barely see.

Lately it occurs to me ...

What a long, strange trip it's been.

In the guidebooks, Truckin' Drive is misnamed Truck 'N' Drive, a misnomer that matters mostly to those who named the route and to those curious about the long, strange trip between the two very different names. A truck and truckin' are as different as a pair of pants and pantin'."
By Jeffrey Lieberman
Aug 1, 2016

Truckin' Drive, what a great representation of Tuolumne slab (the old school 5.9). Oh yeah, this one is going to work your feet and calves...super intense with the slippery gold varnish....edges here and there...but run out....definitely not PG with only two bolts on the 2nd pitch. A fall from the top and it is slabby and thin, would be a disaster.

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