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YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
FA: Chris Miller & Lisa Guindon, March 2002
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Submitted By: C Miller on Oct 26, 2006

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Gold Standard, 5.6

Description 

Incut plates and edges past two bolts lead to a steeper section of rock (crux) as you move up and right past two more bolts, and then finish up the shoulder of Coyote Crag past three more bolts. The view from the anchors are expansive and well worth checking out. Rap/lower off, although rappelling is probably better for your rope!

For the grade there's not a better route at this area, and this is another climb that would be ideal for somebody just getting into leading.

Location 

Located on the far right side of the Gold Wall and just up and right from Hidden Gold; the climb requires some scrambling onto a ledge to reach the base.

Protection 

7 bolts, chain anchors


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Gold Standard (5.6), Holcomb Valley Pinnacles
BETA PHOTO: Gold Standard (5.6), Holcomb Valley Pinnacles
Good lead warmup for a great day
Good lead warmup for a great day
Gold Standard (5.6), Holcomb Valley Pinnacles
Gold Standard (5.6), Holcomb Valley Pinnacles
Chris Jaccard at the first transition
Chris Jaccard at the first transition
T floats Gold Standard
T floats Gold Standard
Mary Moser leading Gold Standard.
Mary Moser leading Gold Standard.
Photo by ATS.   <br /> <br />Sorry, didn't mean to steal your photo, but I couldn't really see the bolts without zooming in, so I just marked them with a little more color.  If you don't approve just PM me and I'll take it down.
BETA PHOTO: Photo by ATS.

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By Steve Powell
From: Alhambra, California
Dec 21, 2006

I agree. one of the best climbs for the grade at Holcomb. pretty fun.
By Bill Olszewski
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Aug 9, 2007

This is the longest easy route in the Pinnacles and great for beginning leaders. Moving from one wall to the next (twice) makes this a very interesting climb.
By Chris Owen
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From: La Crescenta and Big Bear Lake
Jul 3, 2009
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Agreed that this is the best 5.6 at Pinnacles - lots of exposure, cool moves, and length.
By Chris D
From: the couch
Jul 10, 2011

Getting from the first wall to the second will be the crux for anyone in your party who isn't particularly tall. More than one way to do it, but new climbers will mostly only see the most obvious way, which is reachy. What a fun climb!
By Raquel ROCKY Robles
From: Encinitas, CA
Jul 16, 2011

Fun lead climb! Loved the right high heel hook on the upper wall. ~~ROCKY~~
By Indira Lower
Jul 20, 2011
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Great first lead for people