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Uptown Rock - Upper Tier

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"Alan Bartlett Wasn't Here" T 
Blue Collar S 
Downtown Man T 
Funk You Up T 
Funkytown  S 
Sinners and Saints T 
Solemates T 
Uptown Funk S 
Uptown Girl T 

Uptown Rock - Upper Tier Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: old5ten on Feb 3, 2015
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These are the upper slabs at Uptown Rock, featuring excellent slab/face climbs on smooth, but featured, grey, brown, and golden granite.

Most of the climbs are moderate and bolted, but require a few pieces of gear. A small rack with pieces in the small to medium range is strongly recommended. A standard rack is recommended for Sinners and Saints.

A single 70m rope is sufficient for rappelling from the top to the midway anchor (knot ends!) and from the midway anchor to the base. For the routes on the left slab it is also possible to climb to the top (via the midway station of Downtown Man) with a shorter rope and walk/scramble (3rd class) off to the (climber's) right. There is no walk-off for the slab that hosts Uptown Girl and a single 70m rope or two equivalent ropes are required.

Blue Collar is not recommended for the novice leader. The dihedral/corner/flaring crack (with left finish on top), Sinners and Saints, would be a better choice in terms of potential pro.

The Upper Tier of Uptown Rock is usually sheltered from the wind and quite warm relative to other Pine Creek crags.

Getting There 

Approach as for Uptown Rock. Follow cairns on the right side (SE) up the sandy slope and talus to gain access to 'Downtown Man' and 'Uptown Girl' - two excellent slab climbs.

Climbing Season

For the Pine Creek Canyon area.

Weather station 11.1 miles from here

9 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Uptown Rock - Upper Tier

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Uptown Rock - Upper Tier:
Blue Collar   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a R     Sport, 1 pitch, 115'   
Sinners and Saints   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 110'   
Downtown Man   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 210'   
Solemates   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   
Uptown Funk   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   
Funk You Up   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 105'   
Uptown Girl   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   
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Downtown Man 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  California : Sierra Eastside : ... : Uptown Rock - Upper Tier
Classic slab and face climbing on smooth rock with edges and smears.Start just below a big bush, just left of Uptown Funk. Climb the easy slab to a bolt, then head across a slab up and right to where the wall steepens a bit and the second bolt (5.7). Climb up past 3 more bolts to a large triangular flake (not quite sure what keeps that in place, but I've climbed over it. YMMV!) Pass the flake and continue up the face past 3 more bolts to the prominent diagonal roof/lip/corner. Follow the co...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By splitclimber
Apr 16, 2015
the top of the two second pitches has great climbing with good gear and clean rock.

We had a 70m but it sure seemed like you could rap from the top down to the first anchor and then close enough to the ground with a 60.

Still need to climb the 5.9, but all of the other climbs were fun, well bolted and cleaned up.
By old5ten
From: Berkeley + Sunny Slopes, CA
May 25, 2015
Thanks for the kind words. If I recall correctly, a single 60m does NOT make the rap from the top of P2 to the top of P1.
By Todd Townsend
From: Bishop, CA
Sep 28, 2015
I checked this place out yesterday. With a 70m rope, and minimal shenanigans, I was able to micro-trax everything from the top anchor, except for "Allen Bartlett Wasn't Here."

Aspiring slab leaders should be aware that the bolts on many of these routes are farther apart than on typical Pine Creek sport climbs, but they're not Tuolumne spacing either. This is a great place to work on your footwork, as the climbs are techy rather than pumpy, and a cool head and good balance will get you up most of the cruxes.

Things are still a little crunchy in places, but the rock is good quality and it should clean up well with more traffic.

Thanks to Elmar for putting in the time and effort. This is definitely a worthy addition to Pine Creek.

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