John & Brian on top of the Hikers Summit after sen...
The 2 Hour, 2 Tecate Challenge (aka 2 Tecate Challenge for short) is 9 linked pitches of climbing from Cracked Wall up to the Hikers Summit on Bishop Peak. The "challenge" is to break 2 hours. This requires you to be constantly moving and very efficient with your rope work. Additional info. and current records for The 2 Tecate Challenge are included here: centralcoastclimbing.com/2tecatechallenge.html
The pitches include:
1. Mouse Maze (5.9) 2. Knight Moves (5.7) 3. Owl's Staircase (5.8) 4. JK Flashback (5.7/5.8) 5. Doggie Style (5.9) 6. Garden Party (5.7) 7. Sunnyside (5.8/5.9) 8. There and Back Again (5.7) (aka Liberace) 9. Flakes to Fresno (5.8/5.9)
Start at the base of Mouse Maze. Either hike down (fastest) OR rap down by scrambling to the top of Sunnyside (some 4th Class to get to Sunnyside anchors), scramble to the top of P-Wall, rap down to the Knee Surgery anchors, then rap down to the gully near the base of Garden Wall (3 raps total with a 60 meter rope), then hike down the P-Wall access trail.
You'll need 6 draws, 1 or 2 small cams and a couple large cams for Flakes to Fresno. You can link Mouse Maze & Knight Moves, Doggie Style and Garden Party, and Sunnyside & There and Back Again. If you link pitches, you will need to bring additional shoulder length slings (maybe 4 or 5) to reduce rope drag. All pitches have bolted anchors.
It seems the ticks and poison oak are more of a problem on this "route" than the actual climbing. I also don't mean to ruin the fun, but this "multipitch" linkup is probably only for locals who have climbed the heck out of the mountain and want a new game to play that simply means running between a whole bunch of established climbs. I don't think it's deserving of a post on MP, and especially not multipitch classification it has been given.
I personally think this is a great linkup. As we all know, there are few opportunities for multi-pitch climbs in the San Luis Obispo area. This linkup provides a good topo and idea to link 9 well established, well protected and fun routes into a couple hours of interesting and sustained climbing. And not to mention a great adventure.
Great to practice and learn rope managment and efficiency skills for longer climbs that one would encouter elsewhere. Surprisingly, you do not have to walk through ANY poison oak, as it can all be avoided.
I dont understand why this route is not "MP worthy material". At least it is clean climbing. If the 2 Tecate Challenge is not "MP worthy material" how is this:
"Poison oak, yucca, super stemmy moves to avoid stepping on loose rock. Do not go this way.."
Seems a whole lot less "MP worthy" than John's linkup. However, it stays on MP.com because we are not a community of elitsts who only allow three star routes and above on the site. When I log onto MP.com to search for a new and exciting climb, I like to have my options open, including one star adventure routes to four star area classics and everything in between.
This seems like it's all in good fun and more than appropriate. (I would suggest removing the names from the FA field, as that does look a bit presumptuous.) For what it's worth, I think this is a lot more "worthy" on Mountain Project than the endless stream of boulder problems that get listed. (There, I said it.)
Pizmoe and I: Started at cracked wall, climbed 9 pitches to summit, rapped, climbed same 9 pitches again to summit. 1 hour 54 minutes. Kept the clock running from our first leader's step onto dirty rat's crack, to our second climber summiting the second time, start to finish.
I completely agree with every point you made. This linkup can be fun. There are a lot of good climbs. Calling it multipitch is a bit misleading, and as for the FA, well, you said it right. I think this is the part that was "not deserving of a post on MP" that I was referring to in my last post. As I said before, it's a good linkup, but probably best cut out for locals who want to do something different.
The current record is now well under 1 hour. Set by Aaron & Tom (I'm speculating here but maybe they are priaprism & Pizmoe?). I'm pretty sure they simul-climbed most of it. I bet they didn't suck down the 2 Tecates on the summit though! Minor rule violation but I guess we can look the other way. Either way, great work guys. Seriously, you guys were flying. I know you were because I did it in 1:41 and I thought I was flying!
Let's focus on getting out and having fun with friends not whether a "route is Mt. Project worthy."
So it looks like the 2 Tecate Challenge is getting to "easy" for Priaprism & Pizmoe. Here's a new challenge for you guys to try.
2 Tecate Challenge - BYPASS! P1 - Lama (5.9R if you skip the direct start and walk in from the right). P2 - Knight Moves (5.9 if you take the alternate right hand start). P3 - Owl's Staircase (5.8) P4 - KB Trip (5.10b). It's just left of JK Flashback. P5 - Direct Exposure (5.10bR) P6 - Simul/Solo your way to the top of P-Wall (5.4) P7 - Sunnyside (5.9) P8 - Gomer's Surprise (5.10c) P9 - Dig a Pony (5.10c/d)
According to the logic that some are trying to apply at another Central Coast crag, the nine routes that make up the Tecate Challenge should now be removed from the database and should heretofore be represented as a single route that is only 6 pitches long.
Seems like M-Project is missing a separate category of climbs that would allow posting of Linkups. These Linkups are clearly not a single multi-pitch climb. However, it doesn't make sense to post them all separately and require someone to assemble them. Kind of a grey area.
There seems to be a lot of interest in these Linkups regardless of how they are posted. I think the Linkups should be posted and clearly identified as Linkups (not as part of a single climb). This may be unique to the Central Coast, since true multi-pitch climbs are so sparse here.
Any way you look at it, I think posting of Linkups is consistent with the purpose of M-Project. Which I believe is to provide a place for climbers to share information & experiences.