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Ten-Minute Cliff

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Ten-Minute Cliff 

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Location: 38.64843, -120.70703 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Brian Quiter on Feb 27, 2005
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Ten Minute Cliff is a clean 30 feet tall cliff with very few weaknesses. The most obvious line is the Ten Minute Crack (5.12 fingers) that ascends the middle of the cliff. There are numerous top-anchors and all are easy to reach,

Getting There 

From the pullouts on Bucks' Bar road, take the trail down to Buck's Bar Dome then turn right near the bottom of the south-facing cliff. From here, follow the trail about 100 feet and you will find yourself atop the 10 minute cliff.

Climbing Season

6 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Ten-Minute Cliff:
Gardens of Babylon   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   
Babel   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   
Ten Minute Crack   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   
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Featured Route For Ten-Minute Cliff
Sallie moving up to the top of Scorpio.  Notice how smooth the top is!

Scorpio 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CA : Sacramento Valley/Foothills : ... : Ten-Minute Cliff
The start of Scorpio begins basically at Ten Minute Crack and goes right. This route is quite unique as the start requires an easy hike, left to right, along a ledge system 6' off the ground for about 25' to where you find a bolt. The real climbing begins at the beginning of the diagonal crack and follows the crack right and up to it's end. An optional bouldery start move can get you here directly at maybe 5.9 depending on your height. The thin crack takes small gear, cams and stoppers, along ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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The right side of Ten Minute Cliff.
BETA PHOTO: The right side of Ten Minute Cliff.
Ten Minute Cliff. Click photo for high-res version.  <br /> <br />(1) Gardens of Babylon (5.9), <br />(2) Babel (5.10),  <br />(3) Ten Minute Crack (5.12),  <br />(4) Eunuch in a Whorehouse (5.12+),  <br />(5) Scorpio (5.8),  <br /> <br />Mastophilia (5.10 TR) is not shown. Climbs 1-4 have bolted anchors. A 5.10/V0 traverse can be made on knobs between Babel and Ten Minute Crack.
BETA PHOTO: Ten Minute Cliff. Click photo for high-res version...
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