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Just below the 4th bolt, and the crux, of Utopia (...
Scramble to the bottom of the large left-facing flake.
Follow the flake, 3 bolts on the top side of the flake, until it is possible to step right onto the face below the 4th bolt. Don't hang around here too long before committing to a balancy sequence of moves that will allow you to clip the 5th bolt.
After you clip the 5th bolt quickly lieback the vertical seam up to the anchors.
Located at the right side of Slab City.
6 bolts, double ring anchor
|By C Miller|
Jan 22, 2007
Interesting and sometimes strenuous liebacking up the left side of the huge flake lead the the crux just past the 4th bolt. There are several ways to do this - climb directly above the bolt and do a balancy mantel or stay left and utilize the "bird perch" block and the crack before stemming out right above the bolt. The route concludes with a classic lieback flake on a vertical wall.
It's possible to extend this route by clipping the anchor and then heading up and left, via three more bolts, to join the anchors for Pity Committee (5.11a); the difficulty is still the same.
|By Colin Parker|
From: Idyllwild, CA
Jun 29, 2009
The moves to the 5th bolt are a bit scary since you're a ways above #4. I think this route is top notch, and a rare liebacking gem at the quarry.
|By Euan Cameron|
From: Redlands and Mammoth Lakes
Jun 29, 2009
If you like liebacking try the one next door Pity Committee for more excitement.
From: Costa Mesa, CA
Mar 29, 2012
Loved this route. Only gets 3 stars in the guidebook. I though it was 5 stars. Trad style. In fact you might be able to lead it on gear. Beta spoiler: near the top, don't go right into the corner where there is a chalked hold. Stay on the face otherwise you'll miss a great crux move.