Gold Rush/High Noon
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Bob Hill ascending into the clouds via Gold Rush (...
Gold Rush is the easiest climb to access at GWP. It's right next to the trail and you won't have to fight the poison oak to get there. This route features solid rock with small edges and smears. The rock is rough and features friction like Joshua Tree. The southwestern exposure makes this a good choice for a cool day. You can also cruise around to the left and set up a top rope in a matter of minutes. To top it all off, the views from here are supreme.
3 Draws is all you need! Don't forget a couple slings for the anchor.
|Comments on Gold Rush/High Noon
|By Scott Bullock|
Feb 16, 2004
Great route. A direct start right of the first bolt raises the grade a letter. That bolt needs to be replaced John... Ken... Be careful leading above the the first bolt. It's class 4 for about 20 feet without pro. If you fall making the second clip you will hit the deck.
|By Bob Hill|
Feb 17, 2004
I agree with Scott's comments - it may be a bit stiffer than 10b if you take the direct start to the right of the first bolt. I took the weeny variation and went left where it is easier using a big flake as both a hand and foot hold; however, this flake is extremely loose and exhibited some movement when I yarded on it last Saturday! Also, once you've gained the initial ledge between the first and second bolt, you can get in a small cam with a long runner to protect the traverse over to clipping the second bolt. The moves aren't hard, but it's a little awkward and the deck potential is bona fide. In the final appraisal, this is a great route in a fantastic location. I, for one, also believe that restoration activities in this area would be very appropriate given the impacts to vegetation that have occurred. Rock climbers need to exhibit a strong land stewardship ethic if we expect to continue be in the good graces of the land managers.
|By Jon Hanlon|
Mar 1, 2004
Very nice climb. Take care with the loose flake...
|By Nick Haupt|
Dec 27, 2004
Man do i wish this thing was twice as long as it is. great route with fun reaches between small incuts at the end.
|By Jeshua Borges|
Mar 14, 2005
Great Climb!! This is currently my favorite on BP.
The first bolt looks like it might need to be inspected closer. Fall on the first mantle can be pretty rough and there is definate deck out potential.
From: Sacramento, CA
Jun 14, 2006
The old Tucker/Steele guidebook has this listed as 10d, citing a "variation" above and right of the first bolt. Done this way, it's certainly 10c/d, which might account for the difference in ratings.