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An excellent crag that can be discerned by the multiple roofs that lace it. The large roof on the left that is split by a hand crack/ OW is the cliffs namesake, the Gong Show. This area doesn't go into the shade till about 1pm in the summer and can be very hot on hot summer days in the morning.
Drive 4.5 miles to the Big Meadow campground and park (Please park on the road). Find your way across the stream and follow the climbers trail up the stream until it turns right and goes uphill. You should be able to find a use trail most of the way to the Crag. The trail ends just below Gong Show. Don't start up the hill until you find a good use trail.
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Main Attraction 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 3 pitches, 300'
Overexposure 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 2 pitches, 300'
Grab a Handful 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
D.M.Z. 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Sideshow 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, 100'
Tripping Old Birds 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, 130'
He She 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, 130'
Eavesdropping 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 170'
Wages of Skin 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, 80'
Social Climber 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Switch Hitter 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, 120'
Hey! 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13 Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Anything Goes 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 120'
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Wages of Skin 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : Gong Show Wall
Once you scramble up a 3rd class ramp, negotiate the menacing off-width above by, well, staying to the left and bypassing it altogether. After a few scrambly moves (5.9/5.10ish), step ACROSS the off-width to your right, then face climb excellent rock past a couple bolts, then turn the lip onto some edgy slab. Gain the crack--which is now on your left--then charge up a slammer handcrack till the crack abruptly angles right into a traversing finger crack (the crux) with nothing but glacial polish ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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