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Beginner's One 

YDS: 5.3 French: 3+ Ewbanks: 10 UIAA: III ZA: 9 British: VD 3a R

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 140'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.3 French: 3+ Ewbanks: 10 UIAA: III ZA: 9 British: VD 3a [details]
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Submitted By: Tony B on Dec 25, 2003

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BETA PHOTO: Beginner's One


This route is only somewhat similar to Beginner's Two, but perhaps easier due to the lack of a steep 'pod' as had by it's neighbor. On the West Face of The Blob, there is an obvious crack on the upper half. Scramble up to this crack via a low-angle slab; mind the scaling rock, it can crumble. Access the crack, place some pro and climb to the top. The route is 5.3 or so, yes, but not sewn up and there is a little scaling on the bottom half- not the best intro to leading.


Carry a light standard rack.Maybe S? The climbing is mostly hikable, but that doesn't mean that it is well protected. Maybe not the best first lead for a neophyte climber.

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By Blitzo
Sep 23, 2006

A fun route for the beginner, soloist.
By Will S
From: Joshua Tree
Jan 10, 2008

Crack would protect fine for a new leader, getting to the crack might be spicy for them (but easier than the crack, you essentially walk up low angle slabby terrain). The crack is good quality climbing, but woefully short, even by JT standards. The Bong is a better route of similar character and a better route for new leaders.

Descend by walking climbers' right to the right end of the formation then down low angle ledgy terrain following the path of least resistance to the top of a short chimney with an old bolt sleeve (no bolt) at the top. Worm down the very slick water polished chimney.
From: Longmont, CO
Mar 30, 2009

The descent is tougher than the climb.
By dstandish
From: Los Angeles
Mar 31, 2012

This was a fun little adventure. Body anchor at the top. As for the descent, I suggest going left and descending via the north face downclimb. We ended up doing a short rap to get to the top of the north face. But the Vogel book says there is a downclimb to get to that spot.
By Stone Minion
From: Fallbrook, CA
May 31, 2015

Did this route today with a young climber. Was bummed to find the rap bolts chopped. The down climb was way harder than the climb. The climb is called "BEGINNERS ONE". Why chop the convenience bolts? To discourage new climbers?

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