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Unknown Highway 

Unknown Highway 


Type:  Aid, 1 pitch, 80'
Original: A1 [details]
FA: Unknown
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Submitted By: Eddie Clarke on Feb 5, 2003

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This is the bolt ladder located on the west side of Willit Pillar. The first bolt is actually a rivet, so bring a hanger or a medium nut. For a fun finish, skip the last two bolts and mantel up on the good hold to the right.


Need 1 rivet hanger. Bolt ladder. If soloing, set bottom anchor using 2 nuts and #4 camalot. There are rappel anchors on top (to rappel off the back of the rock), but if you have to rappel the route to clean gear be aware that it is a huge pain to pull the rope from that angle.

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By C Miller
From: CA
Jan 29, 2004
rating: C0

The Unknown Highway bolt ladder is in good repair and I doubt needs any attention. A few years back a climber ripped an old bolt and broke his leg. He subsequently went back and replaced most (if not all) of the bolts.

17 bolts total in the bolt ladder.
By Matt Marino
From: Georgetown, MA
Nov 14, 2010

A nice place to learn some aid techniques. If you don't mind some suspect pro I highly recommend it. That being said I did this route today and about 1/3 of the bolts rotate freely and need to be replaced. The first bolt is completely gone and near the top one bolt is about 2/3 out of it's hole. You top out at an old anchor made out of 2 rusty bolts and some 3 year old webbing. Reason enough to start carrying a bolt kit.
By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Dec 8, 2010
rating: A0

The bolts are in "good repair" due to the efforts of Gerry Cox and were upgraded in the fall of 1994 (no pun intended!). Incidentally, the climber (Gerry) DIDN"T break his leg, but did dislocate his right ankle, necessitating an all day wait in the High Desert Hospital Emergency Room, when a 1/4" Rawl buttonhead pulled under body weight, and precipitated a 20ft. fall.
By Locker
From: Yucca Valley, CA
Nov 25, 2014

No need for a rivet hanger. The bolt is gone.

There are a couple of bolts that could use a little help. But they still work.

Otherwise, fun as always.
By toddgordon Gordon
From: Joshua Tree, California
Jul 12, 2015

The "rivet" that fell out has been replace by a new beefy 3/8 inch bolt. Now at least the first bolt to get you started on the bolt ladder is solid and sound.

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