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Venice Beach 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Kirk Miller, Kirk Raney
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Submitted By: Kirk Miller on Aug 3, 2009

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Pump it up as you haul through the starting jugs, then style your way to the anchors. Paint a righteous picture, dude!


This is left of Holiday Road.


9 bolts to chains.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Lindsey starting Venice Beach.
Lindsey starting Venice Beach.
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Lindsey climbing high on Venice Beach. Second day...
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By Crag Dweller
From: New York, NY
Aug 30, 2009
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Climbed this on 5/27. An enjoyable climb that will clean up nicely with a little time and traffic. Either I didn't see a couple key holds through the slabby section about 2/3 of the way up or this is one of the most challenging 5.8s I've climbed.

Edit: I climbed this again on 9/18 and, either because the route is now cleaner or because I was paying more attention or both, route finding through the slabby section was much easier.
By Jon Sinclair
From: Lafayette, CO
May 9, 2011

There is a headwall at the 6th or 7th bolt that requires some thin moves. The crux comes right at the bolt with very little with which to make the clip. This 5 or 6 feet of climbing puts the grade at 5.9+. Pretty tough for a 5.8 leader.
By Matt Pierce
From: Denver, CO
May 23, 2012
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

The slabby section everyone speaks of was the crux in my opinion - was a tough lead for me. Also, Holiday Road is very close to you on the right and it's easy to be lured just off route to the right (you can see chalk there, etc.), but that is part of Holiday Road. Stay on the slab as there is at least 1 nice left hand crimper to use. Route is in good shape as of yesterday.
By Bruce Hildenbrand
Jun 18, 2014

In October 2013, Dale Haas and I replaced the hardware at the anchor with SS quicklinks and SS rings. The hardware was provided by the American Safe Climbing Association (ASCA) ( They appreciate your support.
By Benjamin Lantow
Aug 4, 2014

Impressive crux for 5.8. Definitely felt 5.9 to 9+ even in Clear Creek.
By Holly Killen-Vesco
From: Denver, Colorado
Sep 27, 2014
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Super fun. Great climb. Probably my favorite of the grade there.
By Theodore Morrow
From: Golden, Co
Feb 18, 2016
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Very easy climb. If you compare it to climbing in Eldo or even Boulder Canyon. it feels like 5.7 or 5.6. Good warm-up or for a beginner leader, very well-protected with bolts, similar to a climbing gym.

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