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Eddie Haskel Takes Manhatten 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Eric Rasmussen & Rob Hines
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Submitted By: Tony B on Jan 3, 2006
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Even in December it can be tough in the sun.


This route is on the southern-most end of the west side of Sports Challenge Rock. Just left of the 2 most obvious easy cracks (Ranger JB and Ranger JD) on the south arete of the west face, lies a blunt arete with 2 bolts on it. Climb past the bolts (crux) and up past a 5.10- move on small gear to reach a low-angle finish (moderate, but slightly runout). Belay on gear on the ramp above or continue to the summit and belay from a bomber sink-hole with some larger gear placements.

Rap down from the anchors on the west side of the summit.

Fun enough, but not a destination climb.


Although bolts protect the true crux, some challenging moves require gear to protect. Take a rack with medium nuts and cams to 2".

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By Will S
From: Joshua Tree
Nov 30, 2008

Crux right off the second bolt, tricky to find the best sequence and the crux goes on for a few moves. The short section of crack above the bolt is bottoming and flared, I didn't even try for gear there. Take tiny cams (00tcu equivalent) up to fingers for the route. Anchor takes small aliens/tcus up to 1.5". Walkoff the std south end descent and end up 5ft from your packs.

By Aaron Miller
Dec 28, 2013

cheap buttonhead bolts....yuck. Dont fall on them.

Also, the belay is way far back and the second, if not solid at the 5.10 grade, can take a huge dangerous swing coming up to the belay unless you place a good directional. Not really worth the effort for this one, IMHO.

By caughtinside
From: Oakland CA
Dec 29, 2013

Those button heads are the 5/16" bomber ones. I tested them trying this route on a hot day in the sun.

Do this one when its cool.

By susan peplow
From: Joshua Tree
Dec 29, 2013

I almost said a similar thing.....basically that I saw my partner take the fall and lived to tell the tale. The route is hard for the grade, IMO and I'm not exactly running over there to tick the lead myself.