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


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Zambezi Plunge 5.8 (Trad) ***

First Ascent: Jeff Wilburn in 1987
Length: 60ft
Gear: (report bad anchors)

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This handcrack is located in a small dihedral 10 feet right of Scabies. Climb the crack to a ledge with a large boulder and tree. Continue through the offwidth to the anchors on Ju-Ju.
First route completed at Pebble Beach.
Descent: Rap anchors
Stays Dry:
Owner: NFS

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Submitted by: ray
Date: Dec 19th, 2005


Buzz said on April 7th, 2008
Scary route. Make sure several larger pro along.
Josephine said on June 15th, 2009
it appears as though people are climbing the first part of this route and then rapping off the tiny tree on the ledge. that seems scary to me.
jrathfon said on November 16th, 2009
first part of the route is probably old 5.7, that OW looks stiff, we bailed onto the 10b? face to the right, just use long slings. the start of the OW is too large for a new #6, though that will fit once you get established.
ahab said on March 16th, 2010
the upper section is not 'pure OW' due to face holds, but i would bring some big bros unless climbing 20ft past a tipped out #6 is you cup o' tea.
Anonymous said on October 18th, 2017
My tipped out #6 came out and I landed on the ledge. OW doens't take large gear until your high and committed. Beware. Lower crack is nice.
Jackiefreesh said on October 18th, 2017
A couple years ago Tom and I led the first part but stopped at the wide. Old Mike from Michigan was climbing Scabies next to us and brought up his Big Bros and let us use them for the second half. Good times.
Anonymous said on October 19th, 2017
Wow, cool story.
Anonymous said on September 24th, 2020
Nice anchor at the first ledge.
Anonymous said on November 25th, 2020
The top offwidth does not take a 6. A 6 is tipped out and fall out. I got it done today with two BD 7s.