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Usually Its Sunny 

YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b

   
Type:  Trad, 5 pitches, 800'
Original:  YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: FA/FFA Vitaliy Musiyenko and Daniel Jeffcoach (April 2014)
New Route: Yes
Season: Possible to climb year around
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Submitted By: SirTobyThe3rd on May 29, 2014

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Description 

Very clean and enjoyable route which could be climbed year around. We first attempted it in January 2014 (dry snow year) and came back to get the FA in Mid April 2014. I would not climb it in winter after significant precipitation however, due to the chimney getting snow melt. Spring to Fall would be the best. Dry winter days with warm forecast could be quite nice too.
I would give this route 3.5/4 stars honestly. It is not as good as something like Serenity to Sons of Yesterday but much better than your average Valley/Toulumne Classic. If it was there, it would have lines on the weekends.

Pitches:
1) 120 ft 5.10c - Climb up and left towards the bolts. Make the crux move above the second bolt and a few more committing moves before you are able to place decent pro and set yourself in a crack. Climb the fingercrack which widens to an enjoyable hand crack. Continue up to a bolted belay. No need for anything bigger than yellow camalot (BD #2) on this pitch. FA of this pitch was done by Tom Ruddy and Vitaliy M. In January 2014.

2) 170 ft - 5.10a. Step left from the belay and climb past the two bolts into a flaring corner. Bring your big gear along. Chimney, stem and face climb up towards the belay stance below a prominent chimney.

3) 190 ft - 5.9. Enter the chimney (crux) and make your way up a very enjoyable wide crack inside the giant flake. I thought it was nice to be right side in. Above the flake continue climbing inside the crack (looks harder, but very well protected) or lay it back and run it out. I did the latter and thought the climbing was no harder than 5.8. I was able to place gear every 30-40 ft. Belay from small gear on top of the flake. Medium nuts would work well along with BD #.3-75 size as I remember.

4) 180 ft 5.6 R - Sling a few knobs and pick your way up the sea of slab ahead of you. It does not get harder than about 5.5/6 but does not protect and has no positive holds once you leave the security of knobs. Make your way up to a prominent belay ledge below the final headwall. Larger cams work well for the anchor. I remember BD #3 and #5 working well. Possibly the #6 cam fit well somewhere too.

5) 140 ft 5.7 - Go to the left side of the headwall sling a knob or two and make your way up and past the difficulties. At some point you will be able to start walking. There is a crack right above. You can belay your second here and unrope.

Location 

First pitch starts just right of the large buttress which marks the lowest point of the dome. Look for a clean slab with a thin crack part way above it.

Protection 

Standard double rack to BD #1 with singles from #2 to #6 camalot


Photos of Usually Its Sunny Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Daniel trying to make the final 5.7ish lay-back mo...
Daniel trying to make the final 5.7ish lay-back mo...
Rock Climbing Photo: Large South Face of Santa Cruz Dome
BETA PHOTO: Large South Face of Santa Cruz Dome
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down at rock on pitch 2.
Looking down at rock on pitch 2.
Rock Climbing Photo: Enjoyable chimneying with perfect granite all arou...
Enjoyable chimneying with perfect granite all arou...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down at clean granite on pitch 1
Looking down at clean granite on pitch 1
Rock Climbing Photo: First pitch as seen from the base. Climb past two ...
BETA PHOTO: First pitch as seen from the base. Climb past two ...

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