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Central Scrutinizer 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a PG13

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: C. Tabor, T. Fyffe 1989
Season: All
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Submitted By: Chris Chaney on Sep 27, 2006

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Description 

This route takes a line up the center of the "Trash Compactor" at Pebble Beach. Boulder up to a hard to see pin. Traverse right to an undersized bolt, pull the crux and plug a couple TCUs and lots of small/medium nuts to new anchors. Fantastic route!

Location 

Pebble Beach between Ju-Ju and Environmental Impact

Protection 

One pin, one bolt, a couple TCUs and many small/medium nuts


Photos of Central Scrutinizer Slideshow Add Photo
Same cold October day as the pic from the Arrowhead. Me leading Central Scrutinizer just because it's there.
Same cold October day as the pic from the Arrowhea...
A climber on the upper face of Central Scrutinizer
A climber on the upper face of Central Scrutinizer
The mixed line of Central Scrutinizer, 5.9. (ca. 2002)
The mixed line of Central Scrutinizer, 5.9. (ca. 2...
Nate Fasel of Illinois Red-pointing his hardest gear lead to date. Photo by Ryan Quinn on my crappy point and shoot
Nate Fasel of Illinois Red-pointing his hardest ge...

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By Gaar
From: Springdale / Zion UT / Moab
Feb 12, 2007

Not PG13.... Takes great mid size stoppers, and small cams
By Jeremy Steck
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 2, 2008

I agree, not PG13. For a Trad face climb, there's plenty of solid gear, never more than at your feet for any move. Great climb!
By camhead
From: Vandalia, Appalachia
Oct 5, 2009

one more vote for not PG-13. If there was a bolt at every bomber nut placement, it would be a completely safe sport climb.

Quality all the way, though.
By Chris Chaney
From: Arvada, Colorado
Apr 13, 2010

I agree that above the bolt the gear is bomber, however I gave the route a PG13 rating because getting to the bolt the gear is not ideal and you risk a ground fall. Also, the bolt itself is questionable based on its size and age. It would probably hold a hard fall, but I wouldn't bet the farm on it.

I've climbed the route many times and feel very comfortable on it, but I don't want to lull new 5.9 leaders into a false sense of security.
By Harrison Dreves
From: Nashville, TN
Nov 1, 2010

I loved the reachy, technical moves on this climb. Combine that with the beautiful stopper placements, and it is one of my favorite routes at the Red.
By brian k sohn
From: knoxville, tn
Mar 22, 2011

At some point since I did it last (ten-some odd years ago) someone has put in a pin about 10 feet up. I would be curious to know if someone has fallen on it: it faces right, the direction of the fall one would take if you didn't make the first clip.
By Dom
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From: New Brunswick Canada
Dec 14, 2012
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

I don't understand why so many people feel this is a 4 star route?...I didn't find anything special with this route and am puzzled what so many people found so awesome about it.

Anyways, just thought I'd rant a little, after all it's just rock climbing :-).
By Train4life
From: Boulder, CO
Jan 8, 2014
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Agreed, NOT PG-13! All you need is stoppers! Best protection...Would've taken huge whips on my gear!
By Train4life
From: Boulder, CO
Jan 8, 2014
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

This is a 4-star route because you have slab moves that are Brilliant with Gear! Do you understand how rare that is...not a ton of those within this range without a large crack going through the face!
By Dominic Rickicki
Mar 21, 2014

If you like slab this route is fantastic, if you don't like slab this route is fantastic. Such good movement and your placements are bomber. Wouldn't say PG13 by any means. Maybe PG 'cause of the sketchy piton.
By Dylan Randall
From: Paul Smiths, NY
Apr 26, 2014

Would only call this PG-13 if you don't trust the piton or bolt down low to catch a fall.