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Comic Book 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 140'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: R. Harrison, J. Long, D. Watson and R. Accomazzo, Dec. 1972
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Submitted By: Orphaned on Jul 10, 2002

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Russ using a good rest


This is the prominent climb on the prominent formation in the Comic Book area. A beautiful two-pitch crack running up wonderful white granite. Solid crack climbing skills needed.

P1) Climb a crack running up the wall (interesting 5.8) to a scoop/alcove where two bolt belay is found.

P2) This pitch starts with the crux of the climb. Some call it 10a. Crank your way up and over the upper lip of the scoop and into the continuing crack above. Enjoyable jamming leads to the top of the formation.

Descent: Scramble down off to the back and right through boulders.


Set of nuts, Small (TCU) to #3 Camalot.

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Rock Climbing Photo: ahhh - nice rest stance after that snotty little O...
ahhh - nice rest stance after that snotty little O...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mr Green & Mr Black finishing up Comic Book
Mr Green & Mr Black finishing up Comic Book
Rock Climbing Photo: Midway through the OW crux of P1.  Photo by Sean T...
Midway through the OW crux of P1. Photo by Sean T...
Rock Climbing Photo: Photo from the top of Cerro Torre showing the enti...
BETA PHOTO: Photo from the top of Cerro Torre showing the enti...
Rock Climbing Photo: Past the crux OW of P1 where it narrows to perfect...
Past the crux OW of P1 where it narrows to perfect...
Rock Climbing Photo: Russ working the first pitch
Russ working the first pitch

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By Flying T
Feb 10, 2003
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

With the horrible flaring offwidth start, I don't understand how the FA acually decided to climb this! I bitched and moaned for 10 minutes before committing, but I'm glad I did. The rest of the climb is great, but my 5'2" partner had lots of trouble on the crux.

Rather than top out and walk off, I opted to traverse left about 30' from the top on a horizontal to the rap chains of Full Frontal Nudity, which, on a 60-meter, took me to pitch one of this climb, then to the ground (well, close enough).

BTW, the comment on Full Frontal Nudity about the #4 Camalot applies here, too.
By Woody Stark
Oct 6, 2003

Most definitely 10a. Great route.
By C Miller
Nov 6, 2003
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

The first pitch is good but the second pitch has about ten feet of decent climbing (the crux) and then a long stretch of easy climbing to the top. Two stars out of five.
By Tyler Logan
From: Mammoth Lakes, CA
Nov 7, 2003
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

The location and purity of the line make this route worth doing in my opinion. Belaying in the hole is a cool experience. I was inspired to climb it after seeing Kauk and Gingery style up it in Long's THE ART OF LEADING.
By tony grice
Mar 1, 2006
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

Great route, short crux, Take a hike and try this one, Great intro multi-pitch 5.10. bring some big gear for first pitch.
By Drederek
Apr 5, 2006
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

We liked this route last weekend. The start was intimidating but the purple camalot looked good. Its too bad the second pitch eases so quickly. We took quite a bit of time scrambling off to the right but got lots of good chimneying practice. Thanks again to the guys in green and black who made the upper part look so good from watergate rock.
By Will S
From: Joshua Tree
Dec 2, 2006
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

There is a rap anchor up top to the left a bit that will put you on the ground with a double rope rap.
By outdooreric
From: La Mesa, CA
Mar 24, 2007
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

The first pitch can be done with small cams in the back of the OW. No big gear required. The crack also peters out after a while and turns into some face climbing; micro cams are needed to protect this section.

The second pitch crux felt as hard or harder than the moves at the top of Illusion Dweller. Two stars because of the first pitch quality. The second is nothing to write home about.
By keli
From: San Diego, CA
Nov 25, 2007
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

First pitch is good, use your hip in the offwidth. Crux at start of second pitch...definitely harder than 5.9+. Not sure if its a reach thing...but the second pitch is a sandbagged struggle for 5 feet then a whole pitch of 5.5. Doesn't deserve all the stars.
By DJ Reyes
From: Northern Nevada
Apr 7, 2008

The start of the second pitch was flared and greasy for me. Way unpleasant and way harder than 5.9. Not reccommended.
By Fat Dad
From: Los Angeles, CA
Apr 9, 2008
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Sounds like all the folks who dislike the route also disliked the blow to their ego. Old school 5.9 or 5.9+. Definitely a bouldery crux on pitch 2, but overall one of my faves in the park when you combine the variety of climbing and out there location. I'd say a solid two stars.
By Bonesaw
From: CA
Dec 9, 2011
rating: 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b

Great route! A little runout near the top of p1, but not too bad. Powerful crux to begin p2... such a cool move!
By Tradoholic
Dec 20, 2013

A little run in the start, a small c3 would have helped maybe. Definite crux out of the pod, lay it back and commit. I could find a rap anchor, we rapped of an anchor behind the climb to the NW, with anal beads attached to it, yes I said "anal beads".
By Cron
From: Barrington, NH
Mar 26, 2014
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Rad climb overall. The hole belay is wicked neat. Anal beads still up top...
By Cocanower
From: The High Country
Feb 3, 2015

awkward start. one move of 10a on the second pitch.
By Sean
From: Oak Park, CA
Oct 26, 2015

the higher rap anchor for Full Frontal Nudity is visible from Comic Book P2 main crack, at about 80 ft above the P1 belay alcove (left photo). that's the rap with two joined 60m ropes that would return you straight down back to the base. P1 is approx 110 ft. if one continues up to top out on P2 (approx another 190 ft from belay alcove), scramble up to climber's left to go through a shorter boulder gap toward the back, to see the rap anchor at foot level atop Silver Lining, with the beads as mentioned by others (right photo). a double-strands rap with one 60 m rope would reach down past a broad ledge to the walkoff gully trail.
Rock Climbing Photo: Comic Book rap options.
Comic Book rap options.

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