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YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- British: E2 5b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Chris Miller, May 2000
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Submitted By: C Miller on Jul 27, 2010
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BETA PHOTO: Lodestone (5.10b), Holcomb Valley Pinnacles


This popular link-up combines the lower portion of Black Bart with the upper portion of Motherlode and avoids the hard sections of both those routes.

Climb up and left along tricky thin edges past three bolts to a ledge, clip a bolt on the left wall of a shallow dihedral and then stem your way up the short corner to a low-angled arete passing two more bolts to anchors.


Combines the lower portion of Black Bart with the upper portion of Motherlode.


6 bolts, chain anchors

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By Clif Clap
Jul 30, 2013

I went up initially going for Black Bart but after getting thoroughly confused by the slab finished left and bagged a red point. Climbing to the ledge is really fun but the arete is sort of dull and puts you in a bit of no man's land at the top. I clipped on Golden Nugget's anchors - rapping off to clean the route was a little tricky but worked fine enough.