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This route is located in the Muir Valley at Great Wall

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La Escalada 5.6 (Sport) **

First Ascent: J.J., Jane Maurer in 2004
Length: 70ft
Bolts: 9 (report bad bolts/anchors)

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This is the rightmost route on the Great Wall. Step up some easy ledges to a right leaning ramp. Continue up the well-protected plated face to the anchors. To reach the following routes (IROP and others) continue following the trail to the right for approximately 100-200 feet.
Descent: Rap anchors
Stays Dry: Does not stay dry
Owner: Muir Valley

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Date: Dec 12th, 2006

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Zspider said on August 25th, 2004
I love almost all the routes I climb in the Gorge, but this one is pretty crummy. I climbed several other routes on The Great Wall and they were wonderful.
Anonymous said on September 7th, 2004
Worst climb there. Surrounded by great routes!!
Wicked Tribe said on September 9th, 2004
Chossy, but may clean up with massive amounts of brushing or traffic. Still probably won't be a classic.
Gaar said on September 28th, 2004
Didn't hate it! Didn't love it
squeezindlemmon said on May 31st, 2005
Great for first time leaders
bhuff04 said on June 5th, 2005
Beats climbing a 5.6 in the gym... but yes, this is an ideal route for fresh leaders
docpolecat said on July 5th, 2005
I climbed it this weekend and it is pretty clean now. decent easy climb
Feanor007 said on September 20th, 2005
nice warm up
pawilkes said on October 21st, 2005
be careful when lowering people off this route. i was lowering an inexperienced climber down the way that he came up rather than directly below the anchors and he swung out to below the anchor and i got a core shot in my brand new rope from it scraping across the rock.
merrick said on November 3rd, 2005
super fun face climbing after the really dirty slab start. half the route is 4 stars, half 1. worth the time it takes to get on it though
p0bray01 said on June 7th, 2006
Kinda neat route...defintely different! Has a traddish feel....good for the beginning leader!
ElectricDisciple said on July 22nd, 2006
Milked the ramp I did. Different climb than any other it was.
pigsteak said on April 8th, 2007
pretty dang cool line.....why all the whiners? too good for this level of climbing?...don't miss this one.
Wolf said on April 9th, 2007
I enjoyed it.
anticlmber said on July 7th, 2007
great climb. where were these routes when i started learning?
soccerfast007 said on August 29th, 2007
fun moves, bolts just far enough over you can't walk up the ramp the whole way, great end to a hot day climbing in's not the heat that will get you...its the humidity
Buzz said on June 18th, 2008
Easy route with some fun holds.
louisville_climber said on August 4th, 2008
fun, easy warm-up for the other stuff on the wall.
uberwhipper said on August 9th, 2008
It was pretty fun for a super easy climb, but only because I thought I could top out and walk around. Turns out its pretty loose rock and a good angle up there. Could be done if you are braver than me
bsuclimb11 said on April 29th, 2009
It looks alot more fun that it really is, we were walking down and thought, what the heck lets try it before we looked it up in the book. Big let down, interesting feature for the beginning leader.
Anonymous said on July 14th, 2009
first ever picture of a black guy on
Saxman said on July 14th, 2009
Hey someone, you're years too late.
Redpoint said on June 23rd, 2010
pawilkes, funny you should say that; I was lowering an inexperienced climber and he decided to go below the anchors instead of where he came up. Well he didn't do too good on the ledge, he slipped and my rope got a nice little gash in the sheath from where there was some sharp rock protruding above the ledge.
Anonymous said on April 29th, 2015
Ditto to the core shot comment, had to take my brand new rope in to get cut after letting a newbie climb on this route. The trick is when you lower make sure they are too the left not where they naturally want to come down to the right. Too scared to use this route to teach lead anymore!