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Absorbine Junior TR 
Blocks Direct, The T 
Blocks, The T,TR 
Bridging the Gap S 
Buckwheat S 
Caterpillar T,S 
Cave Crack T,TR 
Chicken fart T 
Chicken Heart T 
Cornered TR 
Crack of Dust T 
Empathy S 
Escapade S,TR 
Exit Stage Left T,TR 
Exit Stage Right / The L Word T 
False Mission Gorge Traverse.  
Fingerrip T 
Gallwas Crack T 
General Dynamics T,S 
Handyman  T 
Hangman's Climb S,TR 
Intrinsic Value TR 
Knob Job TR 
Knob Job Bypass  T,TR 
Laundry Chute T 
Left Overture TR 
Lilley's Delight T 
Mariah T,TR 
Master of Defeet S 
Mickey Finn S 
Misbegotten 
Mission Gorge Traverse T 
Never Intended S 
Nutcracker T 
Obverse from the Gap S 
Owl, The T 
Perception of Buzzy Fuzzy Pelt, The T 
Prime Directive T,S 
Quack of Ducks T 
Quantum Leap S 
Rectum Roof T 
Rock On T,S 
Rock On Right S 
Sierra Club Chimney T,TR 
Suzie's Wild Ride S 
Sympathy T 
Thumb Aid Climb, The 
Thumb, The S 
Trapeze T 
Unnatural Act TR 
Waiting for Bruce S 
Wasp, The T 
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Description 

The Main Area wall includes such great climbs as Mariah, Suzie's Wild Ride, Crack of Dust, Escapade, Empathy, and the Gorge's longest climb the Mission Gorge Traverse.


Getting There 

From the kiosk at the second climbers loop enterance, follow the trail up the hillside along several switchbacks to the base of the main wall.


Climbing Season


52 Total Routes


['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',23],['2 Stars',22],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',1],['5.8',9],['5.9',10],['5.10',16],['5.11',9],['5.12',3],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',2],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Main Wall:
Crack of Dust   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   
The Owl   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   
Mission Gorge Traverse   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Suzie's Wild Ride   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Gallwas Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Hangman's Climb   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   
Quack of Ducks   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 40'   
Mariah   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
Sympathy   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 40'   
Never Intended   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Empathy   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 40'   
Rock On   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 30'   
Rectum Roof   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   
Master of Defeet   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 40'   
Escapade   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   
General Dynamics   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 30'   
Quantum Leap   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Trapeze   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Obverse from the Gap   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
The Thumb   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   
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Featured Route For Main Wall

Mission Gorge Traverse 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CA : San Diego County : ... : Main Wall
A very unique experience in the heart of Mision Gorge. Traverse along the top of the Main Wall. We did left to right but it probably goes well both ways. Decent hand jams in a horizontal crack that splits the entire main wall. Feet tend to be greasy as usual at the Gorge. Many awkward moves throughout the climb but no real show stoppers. The holds just open up right when you need them. Make sure to protect your second! Only follow this route if you would also feel comfortable leading it....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Alan Nelson using a ground-down hook on a clean, hammerless, no-bolts lead of the forgotten A5 test piece "Misbegotten" 1976 unknown photographer, Original submission: Pywiak (rc.com)
Alan Nelson using a ground-down hook on a clean, h...
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By Brad W
From: San Diego
Apr 5, 2012
CONDITION REPORT 

One of the two hooks/carabiners atop Crack of Dust is pretty worn through--about 50% due to rope grooving. I don't know at what point it should be replaced, but please try not to TR off fixed hardware. Using two quickdraws is nearly as fast and will make the anchor last longer.

In fact, I don't really understand the hooks being there anyway...usually more of a sport climbing thing and seems pretty unique for MG.