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El Sendero Luminoso 

YDS: 5.12d French: 7c Ewbanks: 28 UIAA: IX ZA: 28 British: E6 6b

Type:  Sport, 15 pitches, 1750', Grade V
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12d French: 7c Ewbanks: 28 UIAA: IX ZA: 28 British: E6 6b [details]
FA:  Jeff Jackson, Kevin Gallagher, Kurt Smith, et al.
Season: shade all day, can be a bit cold in winter
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Submitted By: camhead on Jan 6, 2008

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15 wild pitches. Sustained quality 5.12 climbing. Expect a full day of fun with the most amazing views you can imagine. If you like the slabby, runneled climbs of Virgin Canyon, you will love this route. Take lots of water and headlamps.

Pitches run roughly,
1-5.12b, 2-5.12, 3-5.12, 4-5.11d, 5-5.12, 6-5.12, 7-5.12, 8-5.11a, 19-5.10, 10-5.10, 11-5.12d, 12-5.11c, 13-5.11, 14-5.10, 15-5.7

Most pitches feel around 12a/b. Pitch two and eleven felt like the cruxes.


At the base of El Toro. You will have to climb some easy 4th class limestone slabs to get to the base of the route


15 bolts and 2 60m ropes.. Not nearly as runout as you may have heard, and the cruxes are all super well protected.

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Cody on the first pitch. For more information abou...
Cody on the first pitch. For more information abou...
The Kung Fu Garden Pitch
The Kung Fu Garden Pitch
Adam on pitch 10
Adam on pitch 10

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By Leviticus Maximus
From: mahtomedi,MN
Sep 19, 2011

How cold does it get in the winter? I am from Minnesota so I don't think I will have a problem but just wondering.

Is this route mostly technical slab climbing. If so, edges? Pockets? Slopers?

By Peter Lewis
From: Bridgton, Maine
Feb 13, 2014

And Alex Honnold 3rd-classed it in three hours. I'm not even sure I can change the oil in my car that fast...
By Alexander
From: San Francisco
Aug 17, 2014

Here is Alex soloing it:

My mittens got sweaty watching it.
By Vanya Perevozov
From: Denver, CO
Dec 24, 2014

It's a good climb for a sunny winter day, when it's typically >70F in potrero (route gets no sun).
It has very interesting, surprisingly sustained and even pumpy long sequences on crimps, edges, shallow pockets, smears and fingercracks throughout all 10 first pitches we managed to climb. It's not your typical cruxy fingernail crimping slab and imo is way better quality than anything in virgin canyon. Line is amazingly clean for front side and holds, even the most suspiciously looking little flakes, are solid.
A few considerations:
1. shoes. Toe pain from technical shoes was the main reason we had to bail early. At the same time you do want a good performing shoe to both smear and edge.
2. ropes. Pitches are long and rock is sharp, so bring the lightest you can get your hands on.
3. almost every belay is a hanging one, bring a seat.
4. water - we brought 2L on the wall on a 75F day, that lasted 10 pitches. I guess 3L for a full route.
5. stash - there is a cave/mine at the base equipped with bolts to hang your packs
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