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Black Cat Bone 

YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b

Type:  Sport, 9 pitches, 800'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b [details]
FA: Ed Wright & Dane Bass
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Submitted By: Stich on Dec 1, 2007

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BETA PHOTO: Main routes on Jungle Wall. Photo taken February, ...


As with other Jungle Wall climbs, the first pitches are straight forward exercises in light crimping and nice hueco pulling. The 4th class scramble pitch in the Garden of Bleedin' breaks up the vertical. The crux is the part right before the overhang. Thin, crumbly rock makes getting to the larger holds on the overhang more difficult than it at first appears. Surmount the actually easier overhang and then you come to another very fun and unique pitch. There are deep dihedrals that completely block out your left/right view of the canyon. This pitch was my favorite. A few more pitches later and you are at the summit ridge. Rappel the route the same way you came up using the same belay stations.


1. 5.9
2. 5.10b
3. 5.6
4. 3rd class through Garden of Bleedin'
5. 5.9 flakes, start of long, black streak
6. 5.10 big roof
7. 5.10d
8. 5.10b dihedral pitch
9. 5.9 to ridgeline


Locate the large overhang to the right of Space Boyz and follow the blank path through the chopped out cactus down. For all I know, it's name may be painted at the first bolt now. Ha.


14 quickdraws usually works for most routes in the Potrero. A single 60 meter rope is the minimum length you should climb on here.

Photos of Black Cat Bone Slideshow Add Photo
Red line is Black Cat Bone (after roof, line is approximately).  Blue arrow is start to space boys, Green start to Yankee Clipper, Orange start to Jungle Mountaineering.  Black line is Jungle Boy, Purple is Las Chimuelas.
Red line is Black Cat Bone (after roof, line is ap...
The route far left is Space Boyz. The route on the right with the roof just showing at the top of the photo is Black Cat Bone.
The route far left is Space Boyz. The route on the...
The "garden of bleedin'" gun sight for the ropes
The "garden of bleedin'" gun sight for t...
Top of the last pitch
Top of the last pitch
Detail of the roof.
Detail of the roof.

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By Stich
From: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Apr 2, 2008

Some people just climb the roof and the dihedral and rap, avoiding the last pitch after that.
By Steven Lucarelli
From: Moab, UT
Feb 7, 2009
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

A fun varied route thats worth getting on for sure. There are bolts everywhere you need them and the raps are pretty clean for Potrero. Be careful on the loose rock sections.
By caughtinside
From: Oakland CA
Jul 26, 2010

I like limestone. Well, I like good limestone. Didn't care for the potrero, should have gone to El Salto.