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Genuine Cowhide 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: (TR) Unknown, FL: Bob Gaines, 1/89
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Submitted By: Tony B on Jan 4, 2005

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Kris Solem emerging from the Bat Cave on Genuine C...


This is a fun route, and an obvious line. This is on the left (West) end of the south face of Campfire crag. The line is visible from quite some distance away, popping up through a roof from a well defines cave-like arch and climbing the leaning crack above. It is the second crack from the right of the group of climbs on this feature.

The bulging crux is interesting, but littered with good holds. Climb up easy rock, place a few aliens or TCU's back in cracks just before the bulge, (long slings) then clip a bolt & pop up and over into the slightly right-leaning crack. The climbing eases up after a few moves.


A single bolt near the crux move suppliments the standard trad rack protection. Below the bolt, small TCU's and aliens are the best option.

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By Bo Johnston
Jan 24, 2005

I loved this route. The begining is very acrobatic and the finishing angled finger crack a joy!
By Locker
From: Yucca Valley, CA
Feb 13, 2005
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

By Kris Solem
From: Monrovia, CA
Jan 12, 2010
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

Genuine Cowhide is one of my favoriite Indian Cove moderates, and I've done it many times. I have to say that .10a does seem a bit of a sandbag compared to other 10a's in the same area.
By Richard Shore
Dec 27, 2011
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Great fun! The bolt that protects the crux is a spinner, consider bringing a wrench to tighten it down if you're in the area. The upper crack is more like a shallow groove, and medium cams (0.5-1 camalot) work well. 1-2" gear for an anchor in a horizontal crack just to climber's right of the line.
By DJ Reyes
From: Northern Nevada
Feb 21, 2012

Steep moves past the bolt lead to a nice diagonal finger crack. I'd give it 3 stars.
By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Jun 30, 2013

Great beta on the route, guys. Thanks!
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