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Suzie's Wild Ride 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9- French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Art Messier
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Submitted By: Marc Kajut on Jan 29, 2006
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The climb starts out down and right from a small cave. Climb past two bolts to a ledge, then transition onto the upper face where the route continues up and right to a rappel station.


Seven (7) bolt protection. Two bolt anchor. Rap rings.

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Transitioning onto the upper face on Suzie's Wild Ride.
Transitioning onto the upper face on Suzie's Wild ...
fun footwork through the upper section
fun footwork through the upper section
Rebecca Manley working the surprisingly awkward first section of Suzie's Wild Ride.  The holds *look* so good....
BETA PHOTO: Rebecca Manley working the surprisingly awkward fi...
Rebecca Manley finishing up the lead of Suzie's Wild Ride, just as the sun starts to spill over the crag at noon.  Time to find shelter...
Rebecca Manley finishing up the lead of Suzie's Wi...
Rebecca Manley working the slightly awkward move onto the face half way up Suzie's Wild Ride.
BETA PHOTO: Rebecca Manley working the slightly awkward move o...
Myself on the difficult traverse section of Susies Wild Ride. 5.8+.
Myself on the difficult traverse section of Susies...
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By david baker
From: jamul, ca
Jan 25, 2007

The first and third bolt on Suzies have been damaged to the point of being unusable. The inconsiderate person who did this left the flattend bolts in the rock. It is to bad some A-whole finds the need to damage a great route and leave the rock with unsitely damaged bolts. Becareful there are other routes at Mission Gorge where there has been bolt damage.

By C Miller
Jan 25, 2007
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a

Shame about this as it's a fun route, but perhaps this is retribution for Art's actions at El Cajon Mt. ?

By Ryan Huetter
From: Mammoth Lakes, CA
Feb 24, 2007

As of 2/24/07 the bolts on Suzie's Wild Ride are new and usable. Thanks to whoever got out and replaced the hangers.

By Bill Olszewski
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jan 27, 2008

Sweet climb! Love the balance, the thin edges and that traverse!

By Rebecca
From: Broomfield, CO
Aug 7, 2008

Pretty good deck potential from a couple spots and requires trust in your hands and feet especially in the traverse section. Not a great route for someone not comfortable on lead.

By bjk
Feb 22, 2009

Great climb, 5.9 seems a little too hard for this route. Follow the bolts and traverse right on the top section (last 3 bolts) prior to moving up. Head up too early and it will seem much harder

By Raquel ROCKY Robles
From: Encinitas, CA
Aug 17, 2011

I thought I was ready to lead it. TR'ng this route and figuring out my sequence. Definitely thin, edgy and balancy. Not my strong points. Will continue to work on it :)

By ChaseLeoncini
From: San Diego, California
Aug 23, 2012
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c

Clipping the sixth bolt is a bit difficult hanging on to thin holds and slopey feet but it's really fun. Ive dont at least 25 different routes at the gorge and this is so far my favorite. 5.8+ or 5.9-.

By sdrockstar81
From: el cajon, CA
Oct 28, 2012
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI HVS 4c

Stay true to the route ( no side climbing, no early top out). It felt like a 5.9- during the traverse followed by the up climb. I think this climb is a little easier for taller people :D

By ChadC
From: San Diego CA
Feb 17, 2013

Great warm up to lead if you climb the 5.9 range. Careful if you tope rope it. I have seen the rope get caught on a rock at the start and when someone fell and they hit the deck.