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One of the lesser crowded areas despite having great routes in all grades. Penstock and Warning Signs are the most popular areas in the Lower gorge. The power plant does detract from the atmosphere. All of the cliffs are located off of the power plant road.
Either approach from the central gully, taking a left at the bottom of the gully, or by the South gorge approach (middle power plant road)
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Timeless 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : Warning Signs
Tricky, technical, and fairly sustained. In sum, a much better route than the eponymous and more popular cousin to the North. My partner and I identified different cruxes, neither of which is featured in Marty's book.Exercise care around the 6th & 7th bolts, where a fall + slack and/or inattentive belayer could deck the leader on the pillar left of the route. Next time I'd have a piece (orange or red TCU?) for the bottom of the crack.Exercise caution using a 60 meter rope; the belaye...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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