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This route is located in the Lower Gorge Region at Pebble Beach

Roaming the Halls

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Versatile Universe 5.10d (Mixed) ****

First Ascent: Tracy Crabtree, Mike Norman in 1990
Length: 65ft
Bolts/Gear: 0/ (report bad bolts/anchors)

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This route ascends the crack and face left of the detached flake that the trail passes under.
FFA: Tracy Crabtree, Mike Norman, 1991 First ascent was done with a toprope.
Descent: Rap anchors
Stays Dry:
Owner: NFS

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3.5 stars (6 votes)
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5.11a (6 votes)

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Anonymous said on January 31st, 2005
just right of this route, and before the next one you walk through a hallway of sorts to find this route (5.7). Climb the crack on the wall, using the leaning boulder for support where needed. Top out on the boulder and rap from slings or continue up the face to the top and rap from the anchors of Versatile Universe. 65ft (40 if you bail ontop the boulder)
bhuff04 said on June 4th, 2006
Did someone bolt this route? There were 3 bolts in line with the crack, then traverse right along jugs to reach another line of three bolts, pull the roof and there's one more bolt!
Danny said on June 4th, 2007
Someone has put a zigzag of new bolts all over this thing.
michaelarmand said on November 7th, 2008
Yes, this has I think 7 newer looking bolts, spread out all over! Bring some 24 inch runners or the rope drag will be terrible. And bring some webbing for the anchors at the top (Only 1 piece there as of today)
Corona said on October 30th, 2010
The only thing that would have redeemed this shitpile would have been its bold, trad technician style. Unfortunately, I assume that so few people attempted it that it re-vegetated, always a risk with bold face climbs with discontinuous gear placements, at least at the Red. Presumably, some well-intentioned fellow came along and, seeing that that was the problem, thought to retro-bolt it so as to encourage more climbers to traffic it. Now, it's just a sharp, dirty, draggy pile of no interest to anyone, when it should have been left to be reclaimed by the forest and posterity. Also, the faded American death triangle for an anchor is a public health hazard--the in-situ snap link biner and quicklink have been rotated to the hangers and off of the webbing, rope-pulling difficulties be damned. If the chossy (yet still superior) heap of a crack in the chimney just past Versatile Universe was removed from the guide due to poor quality, so too should this climb
Willy said on November 5th, 2012
I have to disagree highly with the previous comment I thought this route was excellent. The bolts do wander and the bottom is really dirty but did some gardening and brushing on it today to help things out a little bit. The middle and top of this route feature some excellent climbing featuring a crimpy find the holds section, a steep boulder problem and then pulling over a lip of sorts on slopers. The anchor had two pieces of webbing a couple carabiners. Didn't experience any rope drag and the last 15 feet of this route is really unique for the red. I'd recommend it to anyone as a semi adventurous sport route
JeffCastro said on July 28th, 2017
I lied this route, not sure why it gets so much hate. No gear needed, it is a sport climb. Also didn't have an issue with rope drag using normal length quick draws. There is an interesting technical crux in the middle and a unique finish for the red. Bolts are a bit rusty though.
Anonymous said on July 28th, 2017
It gets hate because someone dipshit sprayed bolts on top of the original trad route
Willy said on July 28th, 2017
You mean the original top rope route
Anonymous said on July 28th, 2017
FA on toprope and has probably been climbed twice since then... Bolts here matter why? Delicate snowflake...
MikeWilkinson said on April 28th, 2019
4 star climb, 1 star bolts. Both anchor hangers spinning, sorry no wrench in my bag. Tricky low crux with an interesting finish.