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Belleville TR 
Black Bart S 
Blasting Cap S 
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Fire in the Hole S 
Fools Gold T 
Golden Gloves S 
Golden Nugget S 
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Motherlode S 
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Psychedelic Sluice T 
Shantytown Swing S 
Wildrose S 

Blasting Cap 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 35'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV ZA: 10 British: VD 3c [details]
FA: Chris Miller, 1989
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Submitted By: C Miller on Mar 13, 2007

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Nice warm up route :)


Climb the featured, low angle slab past four bolts to anchors at the top of the face. Orignally done without bolts, it was later bolted to make a well-protected climb for beginning climbers.


This, the left of two routes on the narrow south face, is located just right of a right-facing dihedral system (a downclimb for the formation) and just left of Wildrose.


4 bolts, chain anchor

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By Chris Owen
From: Big Bear Lake
Jul 3, 2009
rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c

As a first lead, especially for climbers not used to "blank" slab - the upper section may cause pause for thought.
By RockyR
From: Encinitas, CA
Jul 16, 2011

Another fun lead climb. Great way to practice footwork on slabs. ~~ROCKY~~
By Jeff Scofield
From: Yorba Linda, CA
May 13, 2012

Perfect climb for younger kids and first time climbers who are scared of heights.
By Adam Stackhouse
May 14, 2013
rating: Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c

Fun clip-up for the dad first and then the family on TR. Why not?

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