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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
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Submitted By: Wilcher Aaron on Sep 30, 2005

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This is the leftmost route on the Welcome Wall. It begins in front of a big tree a little uphill of the other climbs.

My eval: there are 5.10 b/c moves 8 to 12 feet over the bolts, including one longish runout in the middle. Down low around the second bolt is a little tricky in groundfall potential. Up high, the falls are safe, but if you go, youre going to take a big ride. Just breath, there are good holds up there, and the hardest moves are nearer the bolts. The crux is moving off a sharp finger lock to a couple of small sidepulls after doing the runout section in the middle.

PG-13 would be a good warning. Not quite Serious.

There's a ton of lichen and moss on this thing, but most of the climb is out of it. It is still clean enough and scary enough to be a good climb. Just be careful down low around the 2nd bolt.

NOTE: Belay from down the ramp. Don't belay from under the tree. If the leader takes the 20-footer, you don't want to hit your head on the tree or get tangled up in it.


7 bolts to a two bolt anchor. The Falcon guidebook should say "sporty" or "old-school" bolting. PG-13

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By Alan
Mar 8, 2010

I don't think anyone climbs this route. Did the route yesterday as my last of the day not knowing what to expect but thinking it would be a nice warm-down 10c (Senora Pass Guidebook rating). I definitely agree with the evaluation above and would add that for 5.10b/c it is technical climbing that will feel harder (at least onsight) and there is pretty much no chalk on any of the holds let alone any key holds. Not that I have a problem with that of course, but it makes finding a proper sequence very time consuming and mentally draining, especially when you are standing 3 feet above your last bolt using foot-holds covered in moss and lichen on a wall that isn't especially steep. The climbing is not like much of the other grotto routes in that the holds are not obvious jugs - ever. Definite ground-fall potential getting to the second clip - heads up.
By danielwhore
Sep 19, 2011

I loved this route.. found it to be very thought provoking. Didn't get pumped even though I was on it for a long time - more of a puzzle than anything. Never fell but agree that a fall would be scary in some places.
By John Robinson
From: Elk Grove, ca
Oct 18, 2014

I led this climb yesterday and put a note in my guide book to never lead it again. There is potential to get hurt badly. All of the above statements (by others) are true. This could be a 2 or 3 star route if it were cleaned up and a couple of bolts added. In some cases you are making difficult moves way above your last bolt and you are standing on a moss covered sloper. If you want a good adventure this will be fun, just keep it together.

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