The Trough

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 33.83870°N / 117.172°W
Additional Information Route Type: Sport Climbing, Toprope
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Additional Information Time Required: Less than two hours
Additional Information Rock Difficulty: 5.5 (YDS)
Additional Information Difficulty: greasy!
Additional Information Number of Pitches: 1
Additional Information Grade: I
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"The Trough" - Don't you just get sick of that name?

This popular greasy climb is located pretty much dead center on the rock face with an obvious water mark in front of large tree; this is the start. I have gear soloed this route by anchoring to the nearby picnic table - watch out for malicious squirrels!
Beautiful and sleek, it s all...

Route Description

"The Trough" is approximately 160' and can be done as two pitches or bail after the first 100' pitch, which is the most technical (however technical a 5.5 can be). The start is surprisingly difficult due to water run-off polished granite and a bazillion pairs of climbing shoes leaving a fine layer of "grease." Basically, it can be a slippery start.
Staying close to the water stain continuously, move easily through nine bolts to an established anchor in a "bucket," good bolts and chains available.
Second pitch becomes more of a 5th class scramble to the summit with the belay station too far from the edge to my liking. Almost not worth belaying or rappeling from.
The descent will take either two ropes or two rappels. There is the obvious walk-off descent to the left, but I found that I trip too much and it's more dangerous than rappeling.

Essential Gear

9 quick draws
cordalette and locking 'biner for belay anchor
2 ropes for rappel suggested
Just about all the gear...Necessary gear for The Trough.



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