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Suprise-Suprise 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- British: HVS 4c

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 175'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: ?, pre-1981
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Submitted By: Chris Wenker on Aug 24, 2009
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Description 

Yes, I know it's spelled wrong, but that's the route name as listed in the 1981 guide. As far as I can reconstruct from the old description, this seems to be the route.
Ascend the black licheny face, wending through a series of horizontal seams and overlaps. After passing by a mild surprise near the top, find a way to obtain the summit of Mosaic Rock. May be on the soft side of 5.8, but I left it as rated in the old guide.


Location 

This shady line lies on the north face of Mosaic Rock, about 50 yards west of Summer Dreams. The route starts in a little swale between Mosaic Rock and a granite fin that abuts the dome (called "Eagle Rock" in the old guide). There's a big broken chimney just to the left, and a hard-looking thin face just to the right. Descend the standard walk-off.


Protection 

Single set of cams to #3 Camalot. This would have been an interesting lead on just nuts and hexes....
Gear anchor on top.



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By Jason Halladay
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From: Los Alamos, NM
Aug 24, 2009

Cool, Chris. I was looking at this line (not knowing if it had been climbed) from the top of Cowboy Bob's... last week and from there it looked appealing and possibly hard. Nice to know this route is there.

By Steven Reneau
May 17, 2010

There are enough thin moves on this route that Id give it a solid 5.8. The abundance of lichen and some damp moss added to the challenge. And I thought the surprise was pretty cool.