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This area is the upper wall that faces the standard Big Rock descent. There are five short routes here, four bolted and one top-rope. The rock is of course the same as on the main wall of Big Rock, but the routes here are quite steep by comparison. Therefore, these routes focus on balance and fine edging, not the smearing that defines most of the routes on the main wall. These routes are seldom done and offer a nice escape if the main wall is crowded.
To access the Sundeck area, either hike up the descent trail on the north (left) side of the slab, climb one of the routes between English Hanging Gardens and Northwest Passage, or climb one of the long routes to the top of Big Rock, taking the standard descent to the low-angle slab in front of this upper wall.
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Mickey Mantle 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a CA : Riverside/Orange Counties : ... : The Sundeck
Mickey Mantle climbs the center of the Sundeck. Start up the shallow seam about 10’ right of the prominent dark streak, about 10’ left of the first modern bolt line (Sun King, 5.11a/b). The seam allows no real protection but the climbing is easy and you can sling the wide horn of the mantle ledge. Continue up the face past one bolt to the left-facing flake. The flake protects well with a small cam. Follow the flake to easy slab climbing that leads to the anchor, shared with Top Rope. ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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