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Route 66 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 65'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Jack Marshall
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Submitted By: susan peplow on Dec 16, 2006

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No crux. Fun route and great starter for the area. This was the first NJC route we ever did. Pleasantly surprised by the quality of the rock.


Far right side of south side.

Southern CA sport climbing guide - route # 886


7 bolts, chain anchors, rap down

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Angela working the interesting holds of the mid-section of Route 66
Angela working the interesting holds of the mid-se...
"Route 66". <br />Photo by Blitzo. <br />
"Route 66".
Photo by Blitzo.
Phil on "Route 66". <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Phil on "Route 66".
Photo by Blitzo.
Just finishing the crux. <br /> <br />Photo by Elaine
Just finishing the crux.

Photo by Elaine
Agina Sedler with Nathan Fitzhugh on belay.
Agina Sedler with Nathan Fitzhugh on belay.
Joel taking a drive on Route 66 (5.9), NJC
Joel taking a drive on Route 66 (5.9), NJC
Me climbing Route 66
Me climbing Route 66
Bolt Locations
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By duh
Feb 1, 2007

This route was named after the famous desert hwy Route 66 and was the 66th sport route established at NJC.
By Brian Hench
From: Costa Mesa, CA
Feb 2, 2009

Don't stray to far right near the top. You could encounter some loose rock like I did.
By Tozankyaku
Mar 5, 2009
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13

Good fun route a little arm pump at the end I am not sure I would call it a 5.9+ I think it is just 5.9
By Bill Olszewski
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Mar 16, 2009
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Sweet movement and fairly sequential throughout. I felt that passing that last bolt was definitely the crux - a delicate move that requires a little faith: grab and go and hope there will be something more to grab. Great climb! Get your kicks on Route 66
By Tristan B
From: La Crescenta, CA
Oct 12, 2009

The route looks like you can layback the whole thing, but when you get up there you can't. Cruz is at the end going for the sloper jug on the left with small feet. I had to hang for a bit to figure it out.
By RNclimber
From: Riverside, Ca
Mar 15, 2010

Definite crux at the very top. Nice climb for warm up when its cold. I recommend climbing it early before the crowds get there.
By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Nov 13, 2010
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Got my kicks on Route 66. Fun moves with the sting at the end. Good footwork and patience required.
By C Miller
Oct 13, 2011
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

A great route to warm-up on with fun movement throughout and a fun roof to finish (don't miss the hand jam).
By Mike Radford
From: Orange, CA
Feb 13, 2012

on my first day ever top roping outdoors i did this route, its awesome! The top is definitely the crux.
By Matt N
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Nov 26, 2012
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

This is a 10a at NJC and looses (ha - freudian slip) stars for the lack of rock quality in this area.
By andy patterson
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Jan 21, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

I'm sorry you disapprove, Matt. Yeah, there's some looseness around NJC, but I'm going to side with everyone else here and praise this climb. The great thing about this route is the pace it requires; no matter how strong you are, you have to climb it slow and read the sequences.
By Clif Clap
Feb 12, 2013

I agree with Andy. Certainly readable but I was a bit surprised in a couple places where I had to pause and look about me to figure out the sequence. As good a warm-up for the head as it is the rest of the body.