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Umbilical Cord 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- British: HVS 4c [details]
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Submitted By: Bill Olszewski on Dec 7, 2007

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Umbilical Cord lead


Start on the west face of the small block directly in front of the Black Tower. There is a nice crack here that will take a small cam at about the height of the first bolt (for the purist in you). After surmounting the block, walk across the bridge and clip the second bolt. The bridge is what distinguishes this climb, especially considering that it looks as if it would collapse the moment you step onto it! Continue up rather steep face climbing through a spicy but well-protected crux. Finish up and right to the anchor. When rappeling, be careful not to get the rope stuck in the crack/flake to the left of the anchor.


West face of the Black Tower


5 bolts, bolted anchor

Photos of Umbilical Cord Slideshow Add Photo
Mike Williams on the crux of Umbilical Cord.
Mike Williams on the crux of Umbilical Cord.
on the Umbilical Cord <br /> <br />photo by Mike Williams
on the Umbilical Cord

photo by Mike Williams
Adam paz At the crux
Adam paz At the crux
Marcy on Umbilical Cord
Marcy on Umbilical Cord
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By Jesse Morelock
From: Victorville
Jan 28, 2011

I finally free soloed it today!!

By Chris Asencio
From: Hesperia, CA
Aug 28, 2011
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c

My first 5.8 lead and loved it! Good protection, nice holds, and a few spots for a rest if needed. One of my High Desert favorites by far.

By tro4130
From: Vista, CA
Feb 13, 2012
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c

4th bolt is a spinner!

By Rob Selter
From: running springs Ca
Apr 7, 2012

kinda funky but worth doing.