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YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a

Type: Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 45'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a [details]
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Apostrophe (5.9)

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Climb up a short textured pillar to the top, transition left into the crack and continue climbing up through an offwidth finish.


Standard rack. Bolt anchor. Rappel station.

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By david baker
From: jamul, ca
Feb 8, 2006

Great climb be careful traversing from the pillar to the crack on the main wall. The rock is slippery and the move is unsecure. After getting into the crack the pro is good on the rest of the climb. The crack becomes an offwidth at the top. Look for good holds just out of sight. To get to this climb from the main wall go past the Ramp toward limbo area. When you get to Vawters dihedral go left on climbers trail toward top of mountain. 60 feet up trail you will find Apostrophe. This is a quality climb that is not often done.

By Kyle Wills
From: San Diego CA
Oct 1, 2009

I have not yet found a climb of equal quality in Mission Gorge. The line is beautiful and outstanding amongst its shorter MG brethren. The top bulge offwidth section offering the perfect bit variety to an already fun climb, making this a major classic in the area. Definitely need a #4 for the top, although possiblities for other protection exist prior to committing to this section. Traversing from the pillar to the crack is definitely easier for the taller folks, but feet are solid and the pro is good.

By Jesse Davidson
From: san diego, ca
Nov 26, 2009
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a

No #4 needed for the top... just place in the horizontals below the OW and you'll be fine. Once you actually get into the OW section its two moves then you grab something and you're done.

By Raquel ROCKY Robles
From: Encinitas, CA
Aug 17, 2011

I followed/cleaned this climb! I love this climb. Has everything. A huge committed move from the beginning, a lie back, stemming and off width. I finally figured out my own sequence off the left leaning transition to the main wall from the boulder. I still have a few more section I need to figure out my own sequence and to finally do it cleanly on TR.

By jeffblankman
From: San Diego, Ca
Oct 6, 2012

You can get a #3BD in the off-width at the top, just have to plug it back a ways and find the "sweet spot". Also plenty of space for gear before the transition to the crack from the pillar. #0 Metolious UL TCU lower, then #.3BD a bit higher, but both before the transition. I found that it protected really well the entire way with no "desperate" gear placements, either. Stances were all good. Really fun climb.

By Josh Cameron
Dec 23, 2012

Such diversity of movement for such a short climb.

By andre kovacs
From: san diego, ca
Feb 12, 2013

For sure an overlooked climb. Has alot of variety with good protection the whole way. You also do not need a #4 for this climb. A #3 C4 protect's the OW well.

By Jason Kim
From: San Diego, CA
Apr 13, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a

Agreed, no need for a #4. I brought my #5 and it placed beautifully, LOL. Good pro, a couple of committing moves that keep things interesting. Excellent climb by MG standards.

By jeffblankman
From: San Diego, Ca
Aug 14, 2013

If you want a bigger challenge, go all passive pro on this climb: It eats up nuts, offsets especially. Hexes protect the wide crack and horizontal before the offwidth, and even the offwidth itself.

By alleyehave
From: San Diego, CA
Feb 11, 2014
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a

Crux for me was right after transitioning from the 'pillar' to the crack. 1-2 small-med offsets would be useful for lower section, but not needed. The largest I used was a #2 right below the off width. Slightly easier than Gallwas.